After the brutal winter we endured, we know how much everyone is itching to step foot into the garden. If you are like us, you are searching for garden tasks to be done in early spring. Look no further, our Stockslager garden experts have put together an outside gardening plan for your month of April.
First, be sure to rake your mulches. Fluffing them up a bit will breathe air into them and help you determine how much mulch you will need after you are done planting.
Now, let’s get our hands dirty and plant something. Start with a rosebush or two. Be sure to plant them before their bud growth starts. In addition, you should be focusing now on what you want to see this summer. Plant summer flowering bulbs such as Dahlias, Gladiolas and Lilies. Tip: We know that the urge to plant those tulip bulbs now can be irresistible. Resist the urge! As a reminder we should plant tulip bulbs in the September and October for flowering in April and May.
To see pink, gold, red, orange, purple, and white in June, July and August, you will need to plant lilies-of-the-valley, violets, and garden lilies in April. Grab some annual seeds of asters, cosmos, marigolds and zinnias and sow them into the garden now. In addition, potted pansy plants, can tolerate a cold night so don’t be afraid to beautify your front walk or back deck.
There are numerous vegetables that can be started today. Go ahead and begin with your perennials such as asparagus and rhubarb and your root crops such as carrots, beets and onions. Broccoli can be planted now as well as your other brassicas (mustard family plants), such as kale, cabbage, and cauliflower.
Resist the urge to get started on your warm weather crops like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and peppers. You’ll have to obey the last frost date in May to start these crops outdoors, as they cannot tolerate the cold. If you just cannot wait, you can start your seeds for these inside now, for transplanting later.
If all of this seems a bit overwhelming to you, you can simply stop in to Stockslagers and ask the professionals to create a collection of plants for your early spring gardening. They will be happy to fill your cart with all the seeds, flowers, and vegetables you will need to begin working directly in the dirt. Have fun!
Be sure to visit us at 14037 Eaton Pike, New Lebanon, Ohio or call us at (937) 687-2722
APRIL PLANTING CHEAT SHEET
- Rake your mulch
- Plant summer flowering bulbs
- Sow annual seeds
- Start warm weather crops indoor with seeds
- Come see us!