April – Gardening to-do List

April Gardening Tips And To Do List

Planning

If you are buying your plant start with well-developed root systems that are vigorous, but not larger than the pot or area you are planting.

Plan to attract hummingbirds to your garden this year by planting red or orange flowers.

Make a layout of your garden this truly makes life easier when you plant in future years. You will be able to correctly identify the plants in your garden.

Plan your garden for continuous harvests throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Planting

Start to plant seedlings of warm-season vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. You can also start your pumpkin seeds now.  know you last frost dates for your area.

Sow beets, beans, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, sweet corn and radishes

Plant herbs such as thyme, sage, parsley, chives and basil

Start planting out warm season annuals such as sunflowers.

Plant chervil, coriander, dill, rosemary, and summer savory outside after the last spring frost date for your area. Your local Extension office will be able to help you.

Now is a good time to start a cactus garden. Cacti may be started from seeds or from cuttings.

 

Maintenance

Frost tender plants such as citrus, tomatoes, etc can go outdoors when all chance of frost is gone. Check for the right dates for your area.

Start feeding potted plants every two to three weeks with half-strength liquid fertilizer.

If plants like citrus, and grapes are chlorotic (have yellowing between green leaf veins), spray leaves with a foliar fertilizer containing chelated iron

Mulch soil to save water, smother weeds, keep soil cooler. Spread 1-3 inches (2.5-7cm) of bark chips, compost, wood shavings, or other organic material under shrubs trees, annuals and vegetables.

Thin vegetables that were sown too thickly, like basil, carrots, green onions, or lettuce

Now is also the time to divide mint, chive, tarragon, and creeping thyme.

 

To determine if soil is ready to work, squeeze a handful into a tight ball, then, break the ball apart with

your fingers. If the ball of soil readily crumbles in your fingers, the soil is ready to be worked. If the soil

stays balled, however, it is still too wet to work. Use this test in another week to determine if the soil is

ready to be worked.

April is a good time to clean up plants and flower beds. Pick out dead leaves and twigs and prune dead

limbs.

Buy a hose-end shut-off valve; these are available separately or as part of a watering wand. This allows

you to turn off the hose as you move around the yard. Also, when you are through watering, you can shut

off the water immediately, rather than let the hose run while you hurry to turn off the main spigot.

Weed and Pest Control

Keep and eye out for aphids and get them before they take over your plants. Use ladybugs or either a strong stream of water or use safer soap products.

Keep after the slugs and snails!

The time is getting close for the gardener to get in the yard – be ready :)

Do you have any ideas, or things you do for your garden prep.  We would love to hear about them.

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