I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
April is mercurial, all promise and sunshine one day, only to turn into windy rain the next. All manner of footwear and outerwear is April-appropriate; you might be planting lettuce in shorts, or in a winter vest with gloves. Lucky there are plants that can tolerate this transition - several are listed in the planting tips below.
A N D, you'll be happy to know, you are not "behind". In fact, the season has barely started. Believe us when we say, we have hardly begun to clean (our yards and tools), assess (which plants made it through winter), or amend (add compost or manure to garden beds).
So with permission to be a slow-poke, here are your April gardening tips. They all start with the word Breathe, and they all end with the word Enjoy.
Gently rake away those leaves that are still in the garden!
It's always beneficial to get a soil test from the University of Minnesota. It will help you apply the right soil amendments in the right place.
Add compost, soil conditioner or manure to garden beds.
Cold tolerant vegetables and herbs:
Kale, Cabbage, Collards, Chard
Onions, Leeks, Shallots
Potatoes, Beets, Carrots and Radishes (direct seed),
Peas (direct seed)
Cold tolerant annuals:
Spring hardy herbs:
Make a beautiful herb and pansy pot for your stoop, balcony or deck!
INSIDE, or When Its Cold Out:
Cover your sensitive or new plantings outside
Fertilize your houseplants (don't bring them out until we have consistent 45-50 degree overnights)
Continue to start seeds indoors! Yes, warm weather crops such as cucumber, basil, squash, tomato can still be started inside in late April. They are planted out after danger of last frost, which is mid May in our area.
Start summer bulbs such dahlia, lily, canna and gladiola in pots inside to get a jump on summer - they love the warm soil of late May, not the damp chill of April.
Or just come visit us! You will be thrilled by the best pottery selection ever. You will be fascinated by the surprising selection of succulents. Explore the store and ask us questions; we're ready for spring.
TA-DA! We have a brand new look to our website! Please visit our beautiful new virtual space for gorgeous pictures, information, and more information! We are working on getting on fruit list for 2016 up on the site, but today you will find potato and onion how-tos, as well as our organic straw bale garden guide. Need a little help designing your garden? Our Services page is brand new, too.