7 Most Productive Edible Crops to Sow in February, by Huw Richards

Jeremie LitzlerAbout 4 minGardeningHuw RichardsFebruary

Planting seeds into modules
Credits: image taken from Huw Richards’ vlog

Even if you know it might be a little too early, it’s hard to resist starting sowing seeds. Huw shares with us what we can sow in February.

Thanks to Huw Richards for sharing his wisdom and knowledge! I wrote the following notes watching the video published on Huw Richards’ channel.

You can watch it using this YouTube linkopen in new window.

So what can we sow in February safely enough?

Jerusalem artichoke

Jerusalem artichoke sowed in a trench
They look after themselves very well and they’re frost resistant. Credits: image taken from Huw Richard's vlog

Personal note

Before I begin with Huw's notes, I have to say these are the only vegetables I hate because the smell and taste really put me out. Growing up, we had some (thankfully not too often) but every single time I had to eat some, I almost threw up.

I know it was what replaced regular potatoes during the last great war, but I'd prefer eating wild plants than this...

They’re easy to grow and they grow in the same space year after year.

They do spread and unless you have got limited space, it won't become an issue.

Jerusalem artichoke stem with large leaves
Credits: image taken from Huw Richard's vlog

Personal note

Even I hate the taste, when I look at the outer plant, I see 2 purposes this crop can:

  • produce green material for composting
  • provide food for pollinators as its big yellow is filled with juicy nectar.

It’s impossible to plant Jerusalem artichoke without digging a trench 30 cm deep.

Apply a 4 cm layer of well broken-down compost and set each seed 30 cm apart (same for rows).

To eat them, Huw roasts them a pan with salt... Maybe that's the trick to start liking them?

Calendula or pot marigold

Calendula flowers
Credits: image taken from Huw Richard's vlog

It can come back on its own if the weather is a little warmer. It will give you an early flourish in may when you transplant them.

You can use the petals as a safran-alternative in cooking or refreshing summer drinks. I wonder how this summer drink is madeopen in new window.

Calendula flowers provide food to pollinators
Flowers always provide useful food to the insects helping the gardener. Credits: image taken from Huw Richard's vlog

Humble pea

Humble peas in a basket
Credits: image taken from Huw Richard's vlog

Starting early in February under cover will provide you with crops for a long period.

The ambassador variety yields good result usually.

Growing them under a polytunnel will extend the growing season and provide us with an early harvest.

Broad beans

Broad beans flowering
Credits: image taken from Huw Richard's vlog

You enjoy them in the late spring and early summer.

They’re easy to grow, hardy and super productive.

You can eat the shoots, meaning the top of the plant that is tender than the rest.

You need to know that bread bean send out a deep root, so if you sow them in modules, you will deep-cell modules.

A broad bean ready to plant
A broad bean ready to plant. Credits: image taken from Huw Richard's vlog

About field beans

They’re like a smaller version of a broad bean.

They’re also very productive and delicious.

Personal note

I’m not sure what is Fèves in English. I’m currently growing some, sow last November and again a few weeks ago.

The November ones are out since the end of December and I covered them with a winter cover. See my gardening journal 2022-2023

Alium family

We'll talk about two: onions and shallots

Onions drying under the sun. Credits: image taken from Huw Richard's vlog

Even if you can start from seeds, Huw prefers starting from sets, e.g., these:

Sets of onions
It’s easier to start from sets. Credits: image taken from Huw Richard's vlog

You plant them in modules like shown above.

Whatever method you use, pick the one you like and prefer and enjoy the process.


Potatoes in the hands of a man
Yes, it’s now that you can plant them. Credits: image taken from Huw Richard's vlog

Potatoes don't like frost

So make sure you can quickly shelter them if needed.

Huw grows them in containers to start with. He uses a container of 50 liters so it’s more manageable.

He usually plants them in mid-February and the harvest comes, weather dependent, in May or early June.

After harvest, he reuses the compost for beans or squash

Beans climbing a water tank from a container
Credits: image taken from Huw Richard's vlog

Personal note

I will plant some this month and since it’s still quite cool outside, I don't expect them to be out before April or May.

Plus, I cover my beds with a 15-20 cm layer of a small dead leaves so they have got a blanket to keep warm.


Peppers in pots
Credits: image taken from Huw Richard's vlog

They need a warm base to help the germination.

They need more to grow and now, in February, is the time to start the seedlings.


So, are you ready to kick-start the growing season?

I sure am in action already.

My next actions are:

  • onions
  • potatoes

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