April Checklist

 

The first thing you need to do this month is make sure you have a garden notebook.   You’re going to want a place to write down your experiences.

Tracking your progress will help you reference your success and failures year after year.  Believe me you will have a mix of both because we never stop learning in the garden.You’ll be tracking your soil needs, seed quality, when you planted, weather conditions, harvesting and the list goes on.  So please make sure you get a notebook.

The Rainy Season

April is our rain and windy season so I’m pretty much working around a forecast at the moment.   I use the Farmer’s Almanac for final freeze dates and all weather predictions for upcoming seasons.

This month make sure you beds or ground are tilled and ready for planting. If you’re further north then you’ll need to simply calculate your progress related to your weather.Raised beds should be weed free, fertilized and ready for planting.  Are you excited yet?

Veggie and Herb Gardens

If you’re last freeze has come and gone then now is the time to get all your hardier veggies planted. Remember plant what you like to eat and have fun.  Get those seeds or plants in the ground so you can enjoy a healthy green summer.

Fruit Gardens

Strawberries that may have been covered can now be released to enjoy warmer temperatures.  Fruit vines can also be uncovered and tied to a trellis.

There’s time to plant fresh bare root vines in the first couple of weeks and you can probably purchase them at a discount.

Flower Gardens

All hardy plants and shrubs may be planted.  Bulb plants have pretty much come and gone where I live but I know many of you are just starting to see them pop; that’s exciting and something that I really miss.

You can also sow any annual flower seeds in boxes or beds.  Imagine a fresh cut flower garden, doesn’t that sound wonderful?

 

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