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You can start  pruning dormant fruit trees in February.  After pruning consider spraying with a dormant oil to kill over-wintering insects. Grape vines can also be pruned this month.  Remember that fruit buds can only form on one-year old canes (canes that grew last spring).         February is a good month to start tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds indoors.  Wait until 3 or 4 weeks before the 90% frost-free date to start cucumbers, melon and squash.  Starting seeds indoors is easy and economical.  It is not necessary to use grow lights, as ordinary fluorescent lights will usually be enough for seedlings.  For more information on starting seeds in your home read “Starting Plants from Seeds,”

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