India: what to do in February

Monica Bathija who lives in Mumbai, India, is kindly sharing with us what to do month by month in her part of Asia. If you’d like to chip in with tips for ‘what to do now’ from another corner of our globe, we can post them here to share with others – please drop me a line.

And Sheela Dmello who lives in Bangalore, India, has shared this great container growing website with us (worth checking out where ever you  live) that includes a diary of what to sow when: http://geekgardener.in/sowing-chart/

 

Monica's roof terrace - everything is flowering at this time.

Monica’s roof terrace – everything is flowering at this time.

1. Prepare to stake the tomatoes. (Mine are a determinate cherry tomato variety for now and they seem to be going a little crazy with the flowering at this sudden warmth)
Monica's tomatoes will soon need staking to prevent them falling over.

Monica’s tomatoes will soon need staking to prevent them falling over.

2. All the fall dry leaves that you’ve been collecting, use them to mulch if you haven’t already. Once it gets hot, the plants will need all the help in conserving moisture.
3. Keep a close watch on new shoots which are particularly susceptible to mealy bug and other pests. (I’m keeping a watch on my lemon tree which is superbly in blossom :)
4. Figure out a shadier spot where you will move the salad leaves and other herbs to. They will bolt as soon as the temperature rises.
5. My sowing charts say I can plant bittergourd, bottle gourd, cucumber (I’m going to add a few more of those), French beans, okra, watermelon, spinach. (Unfortunately this will be the same for March with a couple more new veggies thrown in).