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february


Best days according to Moon phases.


Best planting days Above ground crops . . .


Root crops . . . . . . . . . . . . Seed beds . . . . . . . . . . . . Kill plant pests . . . . . . . . .


Best fishing days  Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


 Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Poor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


12-13, 16-18, 21-22 1-4, 7-8, 27-28 2-4, 21-22 9


Gardening for the heart farm and garden


Folksy Tips, Hints & Wisdom F 13, 21-22 2-4, 12, 25-26


7, 9-11, 16-18, 23-24, 27-28 1, 5-6, 8, 14-15, 19-20


Best days to do other stuff Begin diet to gain weight . . . . . . . . . . . .


Begin diet to lose weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . Begin logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Breed animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle . . . . . . . Cut hair to discourage growth . . . . . . . . Cut hair to encourage growth . . . . . . . . Cut hay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Destroy pests and weeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . Go camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graft or pollinate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harvest above ground vegetables . . . . Harvest below ground vegetables . . . . Go to the dentist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plant above ground vegetables . . . . . . . Plant below ground vegetables . . . . . . . Prune to discourage growth . . . . . . . . . . Prune to encourage growth . . . . . . . . . . Quit smoking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Set posts or pour concrete . . . . . . . . . . . Start projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wean animals and children . . . . . . . . . . .


11, 16


3, 7, 26 7-8 2-3 2-3


1, 27-28


11-12, 23-24 13-14 13-14 4-5


20-21 15-16


7-8, 26 25-26


11-12, 20-21 2-3, 26 4-5


13-14


3, 7, 26 7-8


11-12 2, 7, 26 —from the Old Farmer’s Almanac


ebruary is a great month to ponder matters of the heart, at home and in your garden. Be sure to include these key vegetables so your garden will be officially heart healthy. Heart healthy vegetable gardening mens growing a good mix of


vegetable colors. The the deeper the color of the vegetable, the greater nutritional value of the vegetable. Here are six easy-to-grow heart healthy vegetables for your home garden.


Spinach is the number one veggie to grow for heart healthy gardening. The deep green leaves of spinach contain almost every nutrient recommended to help promote cardiovascular health, from vitamin A to Zinc,


Broccoli is rich in vitamin K, vitamins A, B6, C and E. It’s also loaded with minerals and is a good source of protein.


Bell peppers, red, green or yellow, are also rich in vitamin C and folic acid. Try growing some of each color of bell pepper for a truly colorful heart healthy home garden.


Carrots are contain large amounts of the antioxidant, beta-carotene. Carrots are also rich in vitamin C.


Try to include some varieties of peas in your garden. Peas are protein rich and a good fat-free, cholesterol-free substitute for meat. Choose from garden peas, green peas, field peas, sugar snap peas, etc., so you’re bound to have at least one favorite.


Tomatoes are the vegetable no heart healthy home garden can be without. Tomatoes are arguably a fruit, but they are still grown in a garden, so they qualify for your heart healthy gardening list.


Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant, lycopene, and rich in minerals, some of which work hard at lowering blood pressure. When tomatoes are cooked, their juice is reduced down and the lycopene becomes concentrated, making tomatoes even more heart healthy.


These heart healthy vegetables can be eaten raw, harvested fresh from your garden or steamed, roasted or included in recipes. Try to get more of them in your diet, which is more likely if you grow them yourself. Growing and eating these heart healthy vegetables will promote good health, with the added bonus of the exercise you’ll get while working in your garden.


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