APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS
…peas, pansies and pilgrims
Let the fun begin!
- Time to plant cool season seedlings – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, chard, kale, onions-
- Harden off seedlings by exposing them to the elements. Place the seedlings outside for progressively longer periods for 5-7 days before planting.
- Continue succession plantings (every 10-14 days) of cold hardy crops such as peas, lettuce, kale, arugula and mixed greens. Begin planting carrots, onions starts, radishes, beets, celery, parsnips, turnips and potatoes
- There is still time to amend the soil for warm season crop planting. Compost is a great soil amendment.
- To warm the soil for quicker germination of some types of seed, lay a piece of black plastic over the raised bed during several sunny days. Remove to plant.
- Garlic planted in the fall should be showing signs of growth. The cold temps won’t harm the growing shoots, but continue to keep the garlic mulched and begin watering it as temperatures warm if there is inadequate precipitation.
- Trim back perennial herbs such as sage, thyme, tarragon, oregano, mint. Divided large, unruly clumps.
- Talk to cafeteria manager about Garden to Cafeteria and plan garden accordingly.
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