Weekly ToDo for Area Gardeners

A weekly todo reference for those who garden in Silicon Valley. (Click on plant name for specifics…). Weekly garden todo list

Think on spring...
Think on spring...

Cold and wet, February is a great time to do some things indoors. Use this time to plan out your spring garden using a bit of graph paper. Dream big. All seed catalogs should have arrived by now. Sow cool weather crops and order onion starts.

Week 08

Plant in the ground

Plant In The Ground

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Fava Beans
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Salsify
  • Scallions
  • Shallot Sets
  • Sweet Peas

Plant in flats

Plant In Flats

  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Beets
  • Bok Choi
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Calendula
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chives
  • Collards
  • Corn Salad (Mache)
  • Eggplant (on heating pad)
  • Endive / Escarole
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Linaria
  • Lovage
  • Luffa
  • Mustard Greens
  • Onion
  • Pansies
  • Peas
  • Peppers (on heating pad)
  • Rutabagas
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes (on heating pad)
  • Violas

Transplant to the ground

Transplant From Flats To Ground

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Bok Choi
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Collards
  • Corn Salad (Mache)
  • Endive / Escarole
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Peas
  • Scallions
  • Spinach

Tasks to do this week

Garden Tasks

  • Fertilize fruit trees, roses, cane berries and strawberries.
  • Take care of any last minute pruning and bare root planting.
  • Check irrigation system, making any needed repairs.
  • Plant blueberries.
  • Continue using row cover to protect plants against frost.
  • Propagate houseplants and fertilize at half strength..
  • Visit the seed library to see if there is anything new being offerred for the spring garden.

Information presented on our weekly todo pages is for Santa Clara County. A majority of Silicon Valley communities fall within USDA Hardiness Zone 9b, the exceptions (for Santa Clara county) being those who have a zip code of 94041, 94043, or 94089; the folks at these zip codes have been assigned a Hardiness Zone of 10a. Even so, remember that we live in the land of the microclimate: growers in Palo Alto have different concerns and face different challenges than those who grow in South San Jose.

As a result of life in our ideal Mediterranean climate, local growers enjoy the possibility of making use of multiple plantings in a single growing season for many of the veggies we know and love. Those wishing to take advantage of this need to pay close attention to the grow information of the varieties being put in; a second planting of a particular crop normally involves plants with a shorter growing period.

Info presented here has been distilled from a number of sources, the most notable being Seed Savers Exchange, Life Lab Garden Classroom, and Ecology Action of the Midpeninsula, and Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County.