February is in full bloom now and here are a few suggestions on what to do around the yard and garden area, with your potted and un-potted plants.
Tomato's in pots are easy and fun to do but if frost is predicted, cover the potted plants with frost cloth, burlap or sheets to help protect them. Tomato plants need an early spring start to grow, so develop the roots, flower and set fruit before summer's intense heat. Varieties that produce medium size fruits are more likely to develop mature fruit without cracking than those with big beefsteak fruit. Make sure you have large enough plant containers and that each pot has a drain hole for good drainage. You don't want standing water to sit in the bottom of the pot or the roots of the plants with rot.
Monitor weather and if frost is predicted, cover flowers, vegetable and potted citrus. Fertilize the planters if you didn't do it last month, and feed with one third of the nitrogen required. Continue to monitor and fertilize citrus, & roses. Control Aphids to prevent populations of these tiny pests from getting out of control. Fruit sweetens the longer it stays on the tree, so let it hang as long as possible. Many varieties can be harvested thru May.
Pull weeks to prevent them from taking over your garden planters. When the wind picks them up and they land on top of fresh pot soil, they will grow hardy and can become quite the pest. If you stay on top of this the weeds will eventually migrate elsewhere and not come back as often. If you haven't planted Aloe, then now is the time.
It is easy to propagate. Dig up overgrown clumps and gently separate entwined root systems into fresh potting soil. Make sure the pot you select is large enough for it to root and grow in for at least one season before you divide it again.