Happy February and another month of weird winter weather! Late winter is traditionally a time of transition. Work on finishing some chores such as pruning while preparing for spring. Make the most of sunny days.
• Remove old flowers from camellias and azaleas to avoid petal blight.
• Finish pruning roses. Try to get them done by the end of February. Once spring weather starts to warm the soil, new growth will sprout fast.
• If needed, apply a final dormant spray to deciduous fruit trees before the flower buds swell. This is particularly important with peach and nectarine trees that need copper spray to fight leaf curl.
• Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong blast of water or insecticidal soap.
• Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.
• Transplant or direct-seed snapdragon, candytuft, lily of the valley, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisy, and stocks.
• In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichokes, strawberries and rhubarb. Transplant seedlings of lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and kale. Direct-seed radishes, beets, peas and chard.
• Start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed indoors.
– Debbie Arrington