April Garden To Do’s

Bring on the April showers!

We could maybe do without the snow, but this is Colorado. Lots can be done now.  With many working from home, venturing out in the garden for a bit is the perfect opportunity to take a break, get some exercise, clear your head and soak in the goodness of the natural world.
  1. Start or continue to sow cool season crops such as kale, spinach, lettuce, snow/snap peas, onion starts, radish, chard, arugula.  Sow every 7-10 days for a continuous harvest.
  2. If you have cool season seedlings such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, they can be planted outside. Make sure to harden them off by exposing them to the outdoor elements for increasing periods of time over 5-7 days.
  3. Annual herbs parsley, dill and cilantro can be seeded now.  Hardy perennial herbs like mint, oregano, sage, thyme can be planted now.
  4. Asparagus and rhubarb, perennials, can be planted.  Be selective about the planting site because they will come back year after year.
  5. Start warm season crops such as tomatoes and peppers now so that they will be ready for planting near the middle to end of May.  Hold off seeding squash, melons, cukes for a couple of weeks as they can become difficult to manage inside with their vining tendencies.
  6. For a plethora of yard and garden information visit the CSU Extension website.

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