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WHAT TO PLANT IN
February

North Central and Rockies 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.”

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If you're not sure how to start seeds or when to set out transplants, see the Resources section below. Please share timely tips for coping with regional gardening issues in the comments section.

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 the North Central and Rockies Region
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Here are the Top Ten crops for the North Central and Rockies Region, 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: North Central and Rockies

1. Bulb onion
2. Cherry tomato
3. Carrot
4. Spinach
5. Snow/snap pea
6. Lettuce
7. Bush snap bean
8. Slicing tomato
9. Potato
10. Radish
 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Cabbage, collards, kale 

Cucumber family:  Cucumberpumpkinsummer squash, winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugula, chard, Chinese cabbage, mache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel 

Legumes:  Dry soup bean, fava bean, shell peas 

Root crops: Beet, garlic, parsnip, shallot, sunchokes

Tomato family: Tomatillo

Miscellaneous:  Asparagus, leek, rhubarb, scallion 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Asparagus 

     

XXX 

Cabbage  

XXX 

  

 

Celery  

XXX 

  

  

Endive 

XXX 

 

 

Kale 

XXX 

  

 

Leek  

XXX 

  

 

Lettuce 

XXX 

 

 

Mache  

 XXX 

 

  

Onions, bulb  

XXX 

  

  

Rhubarb 

     

XXX 

Radicchio 

XXX 

 

 

Scallion (green onion)  

XXX 

  

 

Spinach 

 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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