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WHAT TO PLANT IN
February

Mid-Atlantic Region

 

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“The ability to save seed is probably one of the most valuable tools for self-sufficiency that I know of. In fact, it’s a logical next step for anyone who’s honed his or her gardening skills to a high degree – and another way that people can ‘unplug’ themselves from our economic system.”

The Plowboy Interview: Kent Whealy 

Founder, Seed Savers Exchange, January/February 1982 

If you're not sure how to start seeds or when to set out transplants, see the Resources section below. If you have any tips for how to cope with regional conditions where you garden, please share them with other gardeners in your area by posting a comment below. 

To read more about what to plant in other months and regions, visit our What to Plant Now home page.

For planting times specific to your zip code, check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner. 

 

Top Crops for Mid-Atlantic Gardening:
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Here are the Top Ten crops for Mid-Atlantic gardens, followed by other recommended crops, as rated in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. (The criteria for selection include ease of culture, efficient use of garden space and time, ease of storage and desirability at the table.) The recommended crops are sorted by plant family to help you plan rotations so that the same plant families are not grown consecutively in the same area, as much as possible.

Top 10 Crops: Mid-Atlantic Region

 1. Slicing tomato
 2. Sweet pepper
 3. Cherry tomato
 4. Pole snap bean
 5. Bush snap bean
 6. Garlic
 7. Potato
 8. Snow/snap pea
 9. Summer squash
 10. Bulb onion

 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Cucumber, winter squash 

Leafy greens: Arugula, chard, lettuce, mache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach 

Legumes:  Asparagus/yard-long bean, bush lima bean, dry soup bean, edamame, peas (all types), Southern pea

Root crops:  Parsnip, radish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, turnip 

Tomato family:  Eggplant, peppers (all types), tomatillo, tomato (all types)

Miscellaneous:  Asparagusleek, okra, scallions, sweet corn 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Artichoke, globe 

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Arugula 

  

XXX 

  

Asparagus 

     

XXX 

Broccoli  

XXX 

  

  

Cabbage  

XXX 

  

XXX 

Celery  

XXX 

  

  

Chard 

XXX 

     
Eggplant 

XXX 

     
Endive 

XXX 

 

 

Fava bean    

XXX 

  

Kale 

XXX 

  

 

Kohlrabi 

XXX 

 

 

Leek  

XXX 

  

 

Lettuce 

XXX 

 

 

Mache  

  

XXX 

  

Onions, bulb  

XXX 

  

  

Peppers 

XXX 

     

Rhubarb 

 XXX    

XXX 

Radicchio 

XXX 

 

 

Scallion (green onion)  

XXX 

  

 

Spinach 

 XXX 

 

 

Turnip 

  

XXX 

  

CULINARY HERBS  

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Chives 

XXX     

Marjoram  

XXX 

  

  

Parsley  

XXX 

 

  

Rosemary 

XXX       

Sage 

XXX       

Savory, summer  

XXX 

  

  

Thyme 

XXX      

RESOURCES

* To learn more about when to sow seeds (indoors and outdoors) or when to transplant your seedlings to the garden, see: Know When to Plant What: Find Your Average Last Spring Frost Date.

* To learn more about how to start seeds, check out Seed-starting Basics. For a primer on how to transplant seedlings, see Garden Transplanting: Expert Advice.

* Find garden seeds from great mail-order companies with our Plant and Seed Finder.

* Learn more about high-quality seeds and great seed companies in Best Seeds for a Bigger, Better Garden and Best Garden Seed Companies, or through our seed company directory

* You might also try swapping seeds locally.

* For tips on growing everything from apples to zucchini, see our Organic Gardening homepage.

 





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