February In The Vegie Patch And How To Save Tomato Seeds

taramahura sunflowerSow

  • Tray sow silverbeet, spring onion, onion, celery
  • Direct sow dwarf beans, basil, beetroot, radish, kohlrabi, carrots, parsnips, fennel. I’ll sow my last lot of carrots and parsnips on the 6th and 7th (root moon). They’ll be mature by the time the soil cools off (although who knows how this season will roll!) and keep beautifully over winter in the ground – natures fridge.
  • Direct sow companion flowers like calendula, chamomile, larkspur, wallflower, cornflower, snapdragons, love in a mist, borage
  • Direct sow (in the shade) coriander, parsley, saladings, bok choy, kale, rocket
  • Direct sow greencrops – phacelia, lupin, buckwheat or mustard to give your soil a rest between crops, and to provide mulch for autumn plantings.

mustard winter greencrop

Prepare And Plant

  • Prepare for May brassica plantings with a lupin greencrop
  • Plant out broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, silverbeet, parsley, celery. If the sun beats down,  erect a shadecloth above these guys. This keeps those with a preference for mild rather than hot, growing onward, rather than wasting energy recovering from dehydration.
  • Plant out your last zuchinni (if you haven’t had enough already!)
  • Plant out leeks for spring

brocolli seedlings

Look After Your Compost Piles

yummy soil

Water your compost heaps. This’ll stop the mice making homes in them and keep them in that lovely moist place that makes you great compost as opposed to mulch!

Save Seeds

Save your favourites! Having your own little seed bank is solid. Peas, beans, salads, flowers and tomatoes are the place to start. Cucurbits cross pollinate so unless you want surprises best leave them to the experts and corn needs a minimum of 100 plants for genetic strength – another expert moment!

Drying tomato seed


Look After The Bees

We’re great at feeding them now – it’s super cool that everyone’s taking on bee care. Did you know that when it’s hot and dry, they also need a drink? Put out a shallow bowl of water (not deep or they’ll drown) and watch the bees lap it up.



  1. Caroline keogh says:

    Dear Kath, would you be so kind as to advice me, I live in Plimmerton and I’ve just found a pumpkin plant growing between my tomatoes in my tunnel house with two tiny 2 cm pumpkins….is it too late for them to become decent sized? Is it worth taking up the space at this time of year? It’s becoming a jungle and was going to tie it out the way.
    Cheers Caroline

    • Sad to say its highly unlikely now – pumpkins take about 100 days from seed to harvest, so you’re looking at needing at about another 50 days to maturity. If it was me I’d leave all the nutrient for my tomatoes and say bye bye to that hungry pumpkin plant 🙂
      best kath