Get Your Schoolyard Garden Growing This February

February may be a short month, but it is certainly still a busy one for our Louisiana gardens! Here are a few of the ways we're putting down some good roots this month.

This month is a perfect time to get some delicious leafy greens in the garden! Try direct seeding arugula, lettuces, mustards, and Swiss chard. If you're growing with your littlest learners, we would especially recommend planting some spinach. The seeds are a bit larger than those for most other greens and in just a few weeks your garden will be smoothie-day ready (especially if you've got your strawberries going!). 

For your root veggies this month, be sure to get some carrot, beet and radish seeds in the ground! Harvesting carrots with students is by far both one of the simplest and most rewarding activities you can plan for your garden. 

For your herbs, a designated herb garden space can be a great way to maintain a consistent tasting station for your students. That said, interspersing some herbs (like basil, oregano, and thyme to name a few) with your veggies can be a wonderful way to protect your plants and deter unwanted pests. This month, do get that basil going but also think about trying herbs like coriander, parsley, sage, thyme, oregano, and marjoram!

In the greenhouse this February, consider planting indoor starts of broccoli and eggplant early in the month. And don't forget about those tomatoes and peppers! Be sure to save some garden space and transplant your starts toward the end of the month.