- Author: Paul McCollum
To all the lovely people,
Here is the garden to-do list for the month of April from the people at Organic Gardening. We have been blessed with some rain this week but we could use a lot more. Summer gardening this year is shaping up to be a challenge and conserving water will be the watchword. One person told me that when she turns on the hot water she saves the cold water until the water warms - she then uses the saved water to feed her potted plants on the patio and elsewhere. Good idea.
Please write with any garden questions.
April To-Do List for Zone 9
- If slugs and snails are decimating your plants, collect them in the evening, when you're most likely to spot them.
- Plant pumpkins, summer squash, melons, and other vegetables that thrive in heat.
- Every 2 weeks from now until late summer, plant small blocks of bush beans and sweet corn to extend the harvest until frost.
- Thin fruits on fruit trees to increase their size and keep branches from breaking.
- Plant summer bedding plants, such as petunias, lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum), wax begonias, and impatiens.
- Sow seeds of nasturtiums, marigolds, portulaca, amaranthus, salvias, vinca (Catharanthus roseus), sunflowers, and zinnias.
- Plant perennials like ornamental alliums, bellflowers (Campanula spp.), daisies, yarrow, daylilies, coreopsis, penstemon, perennial geraniums (Geranium spp.), iris, and statice.
April To-Do List for Zone 10
- Plant perennials so they can settle in before the summer heat arrives; give them plenty of water.
- Plant heat-loving bedding plants, such as vinca (Catharanthus roseus), strawflowers (Helichrysum bracteatum), blanket flowers (Gaillardia spp.), and gazanias.
- Plant roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), amaranth, and Malabar spinach (Basella alba) now through August; make sure you give the Malabar spinach some shade and extra water.
- Try some tropical edibles: Buy malanga, gingerroot, and others at the market. Cut them into pieces at least 1⁄2 inch long, and plant. Harvest from October through December.
- Trellis tropical cucurbits (luffa, chayote, Tahitian squash, and so on) on a fence, and reap the rewards this fall.