Something is going on in the garden world every month of the year. In April, more and more people are able to outside and get growing. It’s a wonderful time of the year for gardeners. Our April Gardening Tips focus is on preparing gardens and hardy, early season plants.
Gardening Tip #1: Heirlooms seeds are among the most popular seeds available. They are “Tried and True”, proven winners over a decade, if not hundreds of years. More on Heirloom Seeds……
Gardening Tip #2: Spring is a time for…love. It’s also the best time for pest control…before the critters fall in love. More on Pest Control……
Gardening Tip #3: Are you ready to attract returning birds to your yard? Growing flowers to attract them is a great way to make them feel “at home”. One of the most frequently asked questions, is: “What plants can I grow to attract Hummingbirds?’ The list is long. See Flowers that attract Hummingbirds.
Gardening Tip #4: As soon as you can get out into your yard, prune your rose bushes. First, remove any dead stems. Keep 3-6 stems, with 2 -3 buds per stem. Give them a good dose of general-purpose fertilizer. More on Growing Roses.
Gardening Tip #5: Seed planting depth is important. Planting them too deeply, makes it difficult, for the seedling to emerge. For tiny seeds, try planting them on top of loose soil. Then, gently water them in. More Seed Starting Tips…….
Gardening Tip #6: Chances are, you’ve got compost from last year’s Fall clean-up that is not finished. Kick start your compost pile. Mix in the first cuttings of grass. Toss in any green kitchen scraps. More on Composting
Gardening Tip #7: Onions are one of the cold hardiest plants in your garden. Plant onion sets (bulbs) as soon as the ground can be worked. Even if there is no action above ground, the bulbs will begin to grow roots. Young onion plants can be planted into the ground when the nights do not go below 30 degrees. More on Onions…….
Gardening Tip # 8: Most plants do best in full sunlight. Ditto with your indoor starts. Grow lights are a great tool for providing the needed light for your young starts. Cold frames are another great tool. Cold frames also allow you to Harden Off your plants, before transplanting. See more on Cold Frames and Hardening off Plants
Gardening Tip #9: Grow Asparagus! It is the first vegetable harvest of the spring. This easy-to-grow perennial requires little maintenance and has almost no disease or pest problems. More on Asparagus………
Gardening Tip #10: Raised Bed gardens help to eliminate two problems of early spring gardens… cold and wet soils. The soil in a raised bed warms faster. The elevated soil drains away excess water, keeping seeds from rotting and roots from drowning. See More on Raised Beds and Raised Bed Frames
More Gardening Resources:
April 7th – Caramel Popcorn Day This tasty, chewy treat is great.
April 19 – National Garlic Day – How’s your breath!?
April 22 – Earth Day – Not really a gardening day, but an earthly environment holiday that all gardeners appreciate and support.
April 23 – National Zucchini Bread Day – they hold this at a time when you are not sick of all that zucchini.