Are you ready to start gardening? Me too! Today I’ll be sharing my guide for what to plant in February for zones 7 and 8!
This guide is geared specifically for those of you who are in zones 7 & 8, so if you’re not in zones 7 or 8, check out these posts:
- What to Plant in February (zones 3-7)
- Gardening in February Zones 3 & 4
- February Planting Guide: Zones 9 & 10
Not sure what your garden zone is? Follow this link to find out!
The first thing I want to talk about today is frost dates. It’s important to know when the last frost date is in your area (especially when you’re gardening in February) so that you can time when to start seeds indoors and outdoors. This will differ depending on if you are planting warm or cool-season crops.
- Warm-season crops can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date.
- Cool-season crops can be started indoors 10-12 weeks before the last frost date.
- Cool-season crops can be started outdoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date.
It’s important to keep the last frost date in mind so that you can time when you plant!
Here’s a video I filmed on this months planting guide:
What to Plant in February: Seeds you can start indoors
Before we get started with our list of what to plant in February, here are a couple of resources for those of you who have never started seeds indoors before. It can seem overwhelming at first, but I promise it’s not too difficult!
- Indoor Seed Starting Set Up
- Seed Starting 101
- Container Ideas for Seed Starting
- Seed Starting Basics – Mini-Course
We love lettuce around here, so I try to get lettuce started as soon as I can! I recommend that you start leafy varieties in February instead of head lettuce. Leafy varieties tend to withstand the colder temperatures better.
You can get peppers started indoors approximately 8 weeks before the last frost date in your area. If you’re in zones 7 & 8 that should put you starting them indoors in February. Peppers are some of my favorite plants to grow, so I like to get seedlings started as soon as I can. We actually use pepper plants as part of the landscaping in our front flower bed! Pepper plants are pretty enough to go in a flowerbed, and it also saves us space in our garden for other plants!
Approximately 6 weeks before the last frost date in your area, you can start tomatoes indoors!! That means in zones 7 & 8 you should be able to start tomatoes in mid to late February.
We love tomatoes, so they’re my favorite thing on this “what to plant in February” list. Check out my top 10 tips for growing tomatoes, so that you can have a great harvest this year!
If you didn’t get onions started indoors in January, it’s not too late to start them! You will want to get onion seedlings started early because they need a sold 8 weeks or more to get to transplanting size.
You’ll need to get celery started indoors this month! Celery needs 140-150 days of cool weather to grow, so you’ll need to get it started ASAP in zones 7 & 8!
Don’t forget about getting flowers started! You can start certain types of flowers now so that they’ll be ready for your flower beds in late spring or early summer! Here are a few of my favorite flowers that you can start indoors now:
What to Plant in February: Plants you can start outdoors
There are some plants that you will be able to start outdoors in February! Remember to use your best judgment with this. If it’s been a harsh winter, you may need to hold off on planting, to give your plants their best shot.
You can plant these plants as starts in February:
- Kale tastes better when it’s grown in cooler weather. It’s one of my favorite spring plants to grow in my garden!
All of these plants can be started in February as seeds! Remember to use your best judgment! You may need to wait for a few weeks if it’s been a particularly cold or wet winter.
- You’ll want to choose leaf lettuces and hardier varieties
- Asian greens
- Give tatsoi, mizuna or bok choy a try this year! They do great in the spring and are frost tolerant!
- Swiss Chard
As a reminder, this “What to Plant in February” guide is for those of you who are living in zones 7 & 8. Happy Gardening!