Things to notice:
Crocuses and hyacinths begin to bloom, reminding us that spring is on the way.

 

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February is National Bird Feeding Month. Keep your eye on your bird feeders and birdbaths to make sure they’re filled for our feathered friends! Not all hummingbirds migrate, so make sure your feeders are full for year-round residents. You can make your own hummingbird food using the following

Mix: – 1 part sugar with

– 4 parts water

 Boil the mixture to kill any bacteria or mold. Cool and fill your feeder! Extra sugar water can be stored in the refrigerator.

 

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People don’t often think of camellias In the Southwest, but they do fine if planted in partial shade. They pay back by blooming when few other plants do—in late winter and early spring. Be on the lookout for these beautiful flowers!

Crocus, Crocus sp.

 

“I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.” –John Erskine

Things to do:
In much of the Southwest, February is a good time to sow peas, onions, beets, carrots, and kale. If there’s still snow on the ground in your location, now’s a good time to pour over seed catalogues!

 

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Take advantage of the bareness of your garden to check all of your irrigation lines.

 

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Fertilize all your citrus trees.

 

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Cleaning products, paints, plastics and other materials can release chemicals inside your home that may cause allergies and headaches. Symptoms are often at their worst during winter months when we spend more time indoors. To counteract these effects, decorate with houseplants and let them help clean and filter the air.