April Garden Guide

– Start tomato seeds indoors.  Research shows seven-week old transplants produce the earliest fruit and best overall results.

– Cut back over-wintered geraniums to six to eight inches.

– Start fast-growing annual flowers indoors.

– Start seedlings of eggplant, okra, peppers and broccoli/

-Set out Lily of the Valley clumps with pips just even with the ground

– When annual beds can be worked, turn over green manure crop such as annual rye in beds for annuals and vegetables.  If none was planted, top dress with compost or rotted manure.

– Remove mulch from spring flowering bulb beds.

– Container grown or balled and bur lapped trees and shrubs can be planted at any time during the growing season.

– Divide perennials and pot for the PCMG plant sale by the end of the month.  This will provide roots time to get established.

– Prune and fertilize all bush fruits and grapes.  Fertilize fruit trees as soon as possible after ground thaws but before blossoming.

– Plant rhubarb and asparagus as soon as ground can be worked.

– Remove rose cones when soil thaws.  Gradually remove soil mound from around rose plants.

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