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As lucky as we in Southern California are, being able to sow seeds and transplant seedlings every day throughout the year, some timings are potentially more successful than others. And equally mysterious in trying to gauge what the future will bring. Now is one of those times. Should I continue to sow and plant more cool-season plants, with this week’s forecast of 80+ daytime temperatures? The short answer is yes, since we really don’t know what the future will bring, nighttime temperatures promise to remain in the 50s, and it is only February. If it was mid-April or May, I’d say to shift to warm-season crops exclusively. But, for now, continue to go with cool-season veggies and posies through at least March.
Start Watering: Methods
Since it’s been more than a full month since it rained, though, the garden will definitely need irrigation, so start applying water either by hand or via soaker hoses or drip irrigation or overhead sprinkler. Each method differs in how it moistens the soil surrounding the plant, and consequently different plants do best with different modes.
Start Watering: Depth and Frequency
For more of what to do this month, see February’s Monthly Tips
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