Prune hydrangeas by cutting off old, brittle canes. Leave young canes with flower buds attached for this year's growth.
Prune fuchsias toward the end of the month. Remove any frost damage as well as some of last summer's growth.
Apply dormant spray to deciduous trees and shrubs if aphids, scale or whiteflies have been a problem. Apply tri-basic copper sulfate or lime sulfur to your peach trees if peach leaf curl has been a problem.
For the Master Gardeners' Fruit Tree and Vine Care Calendar, go to www.mastergardeners.org/pdf/import/picks/treecalendar.pdf.
Clean up fallen leaves and debris, and add them to your compost pile if they are not diseased.
For our complete list of February's Gardening Tips, click on: www.mastergardeners.org/tips/. february.html
What to plant now:
Bare-root: asparagus, roses, berries, artichokes, onions, fruit trees such as apple, apricot, cherry, fig, nectarine and pear.
Transplants: arugula, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, chard, mustard greens, lettuce, peas and spinach. Local nurseries should have a good supply of most of these.
Seeds: arugula, beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, chard, fava beans, mustard greens, lettuce, peas, potatoes and spinach.
To find a list of cool season vegetables that do well in Santa Clara County, go to:mastergardeners.org/picks/cool.html. or call the hot line at 408-282-3105.
— Rebecca Jepsen, Santa Clara County Master Gardener