It may seem strange to be thinking of cooler weather now, but for Australian gardeners February marks the transition from summer to the start of autumn. At this time of year it's good to have a plan for your winter garden and some cool season seeds and seedlings ready to plant. Use them to fill gaps left by summer crops that are coming to the end of their productive lives.
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Seeds to Sow in February
In sub-tropical and tropical climates gardeners can begin planting chilli, capsicum, tomato, corn and the full range of cucurbits. In cool and temperate areas it's time to sow Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and other brassicas, as well as onion and leek. As high temperatures and cabbage moths are both present at this time of year, give seedlings the protection of insect exclusion netting and/or shade cloth until they are well established.
Prepare for the change of seasons by planting calendula, godetia, candytuft, larkspur, delphinium and dianthus in temperate and cool climate flower gardens. In warmer areas, celosia, marigold, zinnia and snapdragon can all be sown in February.
If your summer flower and vegetable plants are waning but you're not quite ready to plant the next crop, a covering of green manure will suppress weeds while improving soil nutrients and texture.