February is, no doubt, a cold and stormy month in the northern half of the world and cabbage and kale are popular vegetables for harvesting and cooking this month.
Here is list of other vegetables and fruits that will come to harvest in February in the some regions of the northern hemisphere: Vegetables: asparagus, Brussels sprouts, carrot, celeriac, Chinese cabbage, kale, lettuce, mustard, peas, peas, purslane, rutabaga (Swede), spinach, turnips, witlof chicory. Fruit: avocadoes, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemons, limes, mandarins, Navel oranges.
Vegetable garden crop planting list for February in the northern hemisphere:
Cold northern regions—Zones 3-6. Vegetables: artichoke suckers, broad beans, Chinese cabbage, cress, kohlrabi, lettuce, onion, peas, spring onion, parsnip, peas, potato tubers, rhubarb crowns, rutabaga (Swedes), salsify, Swiss chard (silverbeet), spinach, turnips. Herbs: garlic, parsley.
Temperate Regions—Zones 7-9. Vegetables: artichoke suckers, beets (beetroot), cabbage, cape gooseberry, capsicum, carrots, celery, chayote (choko), chicory, cress, endive, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, spring onions, parsnip, peas, potato tubers, radish, rhubarb crowns, salsify, Swiss chard (silverbeet), tomato. Herbs: basil, borage, caraway, chamomile, chervil, chicory, chilli, coriander, dill, garlic, marigold, parsley.
Subtropical and Tropical Regions—Zones 10-12. Vegetables: beans, beet (beetroot), cabbage, cape gooseberry, capsicum, carrots, celery, chayote (choko), Chinese cabbage, cress, cucumber, fennel, lettuce, marrow, melons, mustard, parsnip, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb crowns, salsify, Swiss chard (silverbeet), spring onion, squash, strawberry runners, sweet corn, sweet potato, tomato, zucchini. Herbs: basil, borage, caraway, chamomile, celeriac, chervil, coriander, dill, garlic, hyssop, lemon balm, marjoram, oregano, parsley, salad burnet, thyme.
February is the shortest month of the year—just 28 days, except years like this when there are 29. Years when February has 29 days are called Leap Years.
Most years have 365 days. This year will have 366 days.
Leap year comes every four years–that is every year which can be divided evenly by four (except the years that mark the even hundreds, such as 1900). The only century years that also are leap years are those than can be divided evenly by 400, such as 2000.
What is this all about?
Leap years are simply a man-made way to help our man-made calendar years jive with the real-world solar years, the length of time required for the earth to circle the sun completely.
All of that said, February takes its name from februum the Latin word for purification. In ancient Rome, February 15 was the day for an annual rite of purification. Other ancient northern hemisphere cultures had more apt descriptive names for February. The Anglo-Saxons called February Solmoneth, which means month of mud. The Anglo-Saxons also dubbed February Kale-monath, which means cabbage month.