Monthly Gardening Guide – April
Welcome to your Monthly Gardening Guide for April! Below you will find information on what I will be doing, (or trying to do) for the month of April. These are goals, not standards and some months I am on top of it and other months I blow it. But somehow, and thankfully, the garden is forgiving.Your garden to-do list ay look different than mine, and that is okay. Perhaps you will glean something from my list and please, if you have any suggestions, opinions or tips & tricks feel free to contact me! I would love to hear from you. Now, let’s get our hands dirty and get growing!
Texas can still throw a wrench in your well laid gardening plans this month so keep those row covers handy just in case of a nighttime cold snap—but otherwise gardening should be getting into full swing.
Check soil temperatures regularly with your thermometer. When it consistently registers at 60ºF or above, you have the go-ahead to plant some warm-season crops.
Make sure you harden off your little plants so they have the best chance at thriving! Here is a great article from Mother Earth News.
Also make sure you have already laid in a stock of mulch. What kind are you using this year? Maybe 1 or 2 different kinds for different purposes?
Warm Season Crops: Tomatoes, peppers, corn, beans, squash, cucumbers, melons and eggplant early in the month. AVOID LARGE FRUITING TOMATOES, THEY DO NOT SET WELL IN TEXAS. Use small and mid-size. Try to pick an overcast day to minimize transplant shock—the stress that occurs when plants are moved from a cushy indoor greenhouse environment to the harsh real world. Be sure to water well at planting time. When finished, add 2-3 inches of mulch to suppress weeds and keep in moisture.
Herbs: Sage, basil, parsley, rosemary, mint and thyme.
Summer annuals: plant from 4 inch and quart pots now. Sun: moss rose, hybrid purslane, trailing lantanas, Dahlberg daisies, cleome, pentas, firebush.
Perennials from quart or gallons pots can go in now.
Roses from containers in bud and bloom can also go in now, sometimes I like waiting till now anyway because then I can see what color of blooms I am getting and also how healthy is the plant?!
Not much pruning this month, everything is growing.
- Keep the lawn mowed down, letting it grow tall weakens it…doesn’t help it.
- Spring flowering shrubs and vines AFTER they bloom (again), use hand shears for a more natural and flowing feel.
- Trees (again)
- Fall Perennials to encourage branching.
It’s time to institute the “Monthly” feedings for your whole garden. Just mark it on your calendar folks!
- Trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers
- Veggies and Flowers
- Container plants
Look Out For’s & To-do’s
The name of the game right now is water, water and weed, weed. Until newly transplanted seedlings develop root systems, make sure they don’t dry out or you’ll lose them. And stay on top of weeds, catching them before they begin to spread.
The pests are coming, the fungus is coming!!
- Take All Root Rot
- Black spot on Roses
- Snails, slugs and pillbugs
- Alert-Alert – Check for Rose Rosette Virus!!!
Check out this article from Farmers Almanac: Controlling Pests in your Organic Garden
Companion Planting helps with deterring pests and diseases. Here is a great Companion Planting Chart for Vegetable Gardens.
April’s Monthly Gardening Check-list
May you find joy & wonder in your garden, and may your hands always be dirty,