You can pull out your catalogs and order your spring plant choices. Maybe you planning on special tuberous begonias or cannas to bloom throughout the summer. Those should be planted now, indoors.
Get all those seed starting supplies together because it is time to begin starting seeds indoors, depending on germination times. Time your plants for planting out a little later rather than earlier especially if they are warmth loving crops like tomatoes or eggplants.
You can use your windowsills for your seedlings, but eventually a set-up like the one from Sunlite Garden will be on your wish list.
Annuals such as Ageratum, Lobelia, Petunias, Salpiglossis, Snapdragons, Verbena, Vinca, can be started now.
If you like to force blooming branches or bulbs, that can be done this month.
Bulbs and Perennials
Watch out for frost heave during the thaws and freezes of this month. This is more pronounced when plantings aren’t under a mulch. Go around the garden and heel lifted plants back into the ground.
Fertilizing can start at the end of the month.
February tends to be damp and cold, there is not much outside gardening going on in Zone 5, although you can stay quite busy inside with getting tools ready, starting new plants and seeds, ordering from catalogs, and making garden plans.
Order fertilizers and any tools you need for the coming season.