Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April in the garden

Things to consider / do in the garden this month:

*Be prepared for cold snaps at night. Use row covers newspapers or sheets to protect seedlings.
*Start seeds indoor of warm season vegetables and flowers if you haven’t yet.
*Stake perennials before they get too tall.
*Finish pruning roses. Remove dead and diseased wood first.
*Check on cool season crops for harvesting. Sow seeds directly in the vegetable garden toward the end of the month.
*Begin transplanting warm season seedlings outdoors, at the end of April when the soil has warmed and night temperatures stay above 50 degrees F.
*Give your bulbs some food once they finish blooming and allow the foliage to remain until it begins to turn yellow
*Feed fruit and nut trees and bushes
*Keep ahead of the weeds
*Turn the compost
*Sharpen Tools
*Test and amend your soil if you haven’t already
*Prune flowering shrubs when they finish blooming.
*Plant and divide perennials and Dig up and divide spring flowering bulbs after the flowers have faded and the foliage as browned.
Take time to enjoy the flowering plants in your yard!

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