April is the first full month
of spring and it is the time when garden planting kicks into high gear. Plant
smart now for months of beautiful flowers and a bounty of vegetables.
Plant Color for Summer: Summer-blooming bedding should be planted in April.
Annuals that bloom all summer include alyssum, amaranthus, dahlia, daisies, gloriosa,
marigolds, morning glory, petunia, statice, sunflowers, verbena and zinnia.
Heat-Loving Vegetables: No need to spend money on vegetable plants.
With a little patience, you can plant vegetables from seed now for vegetables
by June. Vegetables that do particularly well from seed are beets, carrots, corn,
cucumbers, green beans, melons, okra, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes and
Plant Citrus Trees: Choose a location that gets
full sun and is protected from wind. Make sure the soil is well draining. Place
the root ball of the tree in the planting hole so it is about an inch higher
than surrounding soil. Fill with natural and amended soil. Remove most of the
fruit that may be on the tree to avoid transplant shock. Keep your citrus tree
well watered during its first year. Its roots will eventually borough deep and
typically only require watering in hot summer months.
Start Your Herb Garden: An herb garden can be a
cost-effective way to enjoy all your favorite tastes through fall. Store-bought
herbs can be expensive, Basil, mint,
oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme, chives, dill and tarragon are just some herb
favorites that are easy-to-grow and should be planted now.
Add Mulch: Mulch can be a big water saver—extending the watering
cycle an extra one to two days depending on weather conditions. First, work in old
mulch into the soil. Next, add three inches of new mulch around plants to keep
roots cool and moist. Make sure the mulch does not touch plants.
Plant Your Garden With Your Kids: Gardens are
great learning tools. Most kids enjoy the wonders of watching vegetables grow. Let
them choose the vegetables they want to plant and make the kids responsible for
the plant’s care and upkeep. Their hard work will make the resulting vegetables
taste that much better.
Rotate Crops: Farmers rotate their crops,
gardeners should too. Rotating crops ((i.e., place tomato plants
where peppers were grown last year) helps
maintain the delicate balance between nutrients, organic material and
microorganisms that is necessary for healthy soil.
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