Maximum Living Gardening Tips for April
Spring is here, and there is a lot to do in the garden and around the yard, especially in areas where cold snaps are no longer a threat to your plants. Your spring flowers are beginning to blossom into an explosion of vibrant colors, all the while, your various crops need to be sown or tended to for a successful harvest later in the year.
Enjoy your beautiful spring bulb flowers while they last. Once the flowers begin to wilt, clip the stems close to the ground, but allow the leaves to keep growing. Plant bright perennials to blend in with the leftover bulb leaves that will start to wither.
If you haven’t already, now is the time to get your cold-weather crops planted (Peas, carrots, onions, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, and all your leafy greens). I like to stagger the sowing of my greens every week or so in order to elongate the harvest season. It would be a shame for all your lettuces to arrive all at once, and much of it goes to waste because you can’t eat it all in a week. Also, VARIETY is key! Plant many different types of lettuce in order to have a beautiful and diverse salad to serve friends and family!
Depending on your climate, it may be time to plant your warm-weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, corn, cucumbers, squashes and eggplants. In more frigid areas where frost is still a concern, put this of until that threat passes, or you can consider using frost blankets, plant protectors, etc.
If your soil is warm, then it is also a great time to start planting herbs outside. You can find seedlings at nearly any major grocery store or home improvement store like Lowe’s or Home Depot (or you can order them below). Cilantro, mint, chives, parsley, oregano, and rosemary are all great additions to your garden and your cuisine!
As soon as your spring-blooming flowers begin to fade, be sure to trim the shrubs left behind. Don't wait too long, as you do not want to accidentally clip next year’s buds. Also, be sure to complete any other pruning you may have been putting off over the past few months.
For your lawn, and other areas where you won’t be planting seeds, you may want to use some weed killer. Be careful though, as these will disrupt seed germination, so keep the weed killer away from areas where seeds are being planted or any bed of self-seeding annuals.