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Veggie garden: What to plant in February

Here's your handy list of vegetables to plant during February, no matter where in Mzansi your food garden is

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It is ten years later, and you still have not followed through on that resolution to plant the veggies you have been ranting and raving about. We bet your wooden planters have even lost their lustre by now, and we are totally judging you.

It’s time to get up and give your yard and household groceries budget a facelift by sowing the seeds of empowerment and growing your own foods.

February month in Mzansi calls for lighter clothes and lighter meals as we expect sweltering temperatures.

Gaye Boshoff, owner of Honeymoon Farms in Knysna in the Western Cape.  The farm is known for its organic fruit and veggies. Photo: Supplied/ Food For Mzansi
Gaye Boshoff, owner of Honeymoon Farms in Knysna in the Western Cape. The farm is known for its organic fruit and veggies. Photo: Supplied/ Food For Mzansi

Is it too hot to get that dream veggie garden going? No, says plant advisor and owner of the Honeymoon Farm in Knysna in the Western Cape, Gaye Boshoff. “Just pay attention to watering requirements and what will grow best.”

Not only is eating your own home-grown veggies beneficial to your health, but it can also work wonders for you and your family’s mental well-being.

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“If we teach kids at a very young age to nurture the Earth and eat healthy, that is cultivating a brilliant upbringing for any child.

“When they grow into adulthood, I think they become wiser, more gentle and kinder. They have a different perspective compared to other people who don’t,” Boshoff says.

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Now is the time to sow and transplant your brassicas and organise and prep your beds for planting garlic.

“Garlic takes eight months to grow, so add bone meal to your soil and a good organic fish fertiliser. Garlic’s bad companions include asparagus, strawberry, beans, peas and brassicas.”

So, what veggies you plant?

“Brassicas, like broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprout will be ready by winter, lima beans, runner beans and French beans should be ready by winter,” Boshoff says.

It is also a good time to:

  • sow a few rows of beetroot and carrot seeds and plant lettuce, Swiss chard, sweet basil, kale and cabbage; and
  • Potatoes – now is a good time to get those potatoes in the earth, as well as chives. You can also plant carrots because they grow any time of the year.

Western Cape

You are cleared for the following veggies:

  • Coriander
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Rocket
  • Beetroot
  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Spring onion

Eastern Cape & Little Karoo

You are cleared for the following veggies:

  • Brassicas
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Turnips
  • Parsnips
  • Cucumber

Western Free State, Northern Cape and North West

You are cleared for the following veggies:

  • Potatoes
  • Coriander
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Garlic

Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal

You are cleared for the following veggies:

  • Amaranth
  • Rocket
  • Rosemary
  • Eggplant
  • Artichoke
  • Runner beans
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Turnips
  • Parsnips
  • Cucumber

Mpumalanga:

You are cleared for the following veggies:

  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Turnips
  • Parsnips
  • Cucumber
  • Amaranth
  • Rocket
  • Rosemary
  • Eggplant
  • Artichoke
  • Runner beans

KwaZulu-Natal Lowveld and coast

You are cleared for the following veggies:

  • Peppers and hot chilli
  • Amaranth
  • Rocket
  • Rosemary
  • Eggplant
  • Artichoke
  • Runner beans

ALSO READ: Veggie garden a lifeline for Marikana orphans

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Noluthando Ngcakani
Noluthando Ngcakani
With roots in the Northern Cape, this Kimberley Diamond has had a passion for telling human interest stories since she could speak her first words. A foodie by heart, she began her journalistic career as an intern at the SABC where she discovered her love for telling agricultural, community and nature related stories. Not a stranger to a challenge Ngcakani will go above and beyond to tell your truth.
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