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Possible frost at the end of April

A big reason why warm weather vegetables shouldn’t be planted anytime soon is that frost is a possibility even after April 15, which is considered the last frost date. We can have frost at any time during the month of April. The nights are very cold and this means that the soil in the garden plot is far too cool for hot weather vegetable crops to be started.

Lots of wild onions and dandelions

As we enter April, wild onions and dandelions are making their appearance on lawns in early spring. They are both difficult to control and eliminate as both have deep root systems. Rather than digging up the lawn to get rid of them, we use the weed trimmer and cut them at ground level to stunt their growth. When warm weather arrives, they slow down and disappear for late spring and summer.

Caring for Spring Flowering Bulbs

The flowers of daffodils, daffodils, hyacinths, narcissus and tulips withered. The foliage is still green and prominent. Do not cut or mow them, let them fade gradually. They impart strength to what next season’s flowers and bulbs will be like for next spring. Just let them run their course and fade on their own and pave the way for next year’s bulbs and flowers. These are the heirlooms of the world of flowers.

April is the time to sow carrots

April is the month to sow a row or bed of carrots. Carrots struggle to produce in the acidic soils of Piedmont, but this problem can be solved by improving the soil texture and adding soil amendments that will promote a carrot crop. It takes them 90 days to produce a crop, so be patient with the carrots. Plant the long varieties such as Danvers Long.

To prepare a bed that will be receptive to growing carrots, add peat moss, composted Black Cow manure, bone meal, blood meal, a few bags of topsoil, and compost. Mix everything together and sow the carrot seeds in a furrow six inches deep. Sow the seeds finely and cover with a layer of peat moss on top and bottom of the seeds. Apply a layer of Plant-Tone organic plant food. Tamp the soil on both sides of the row and tamp it down with the hoe blade. Feed once a month with Plant-Tone and as the carrots grow, keep the soil in banks on both sides of the row. Water weekly with the water nozzle in spray mode when it is not raining. Thin the carrots if they grow too quickly.

Prepare for the first hummingbirds

With the arrival of April, we may soon see the arrival of some early hummers. It’s a good idea in April to have a feeder half full of nectar, waiting and ready for those early arrivals. Most garden centers and hardware stores already stock hummingbird nectar. You can choose from ready-to-use nectar bottles or sachets and wraps that you mix with water. If you want to make your own nectar, use half water and half caster sugar and a few drops of red food coloring. You can buy feeders tinted red and make nectar with just water and sugar.

Sowing beets in early spring

Beets are another cool weather vegetable that needs an April start because they require a long growing season. Beet seeds are hard and should be soaked for several hours before planting. After soaking the seed, sow the beet seed in a furrow about 4 inches deep. Cover with a layer of peat moss and water the peat moss and seeds into the furrow, apply one application of Plant-Tone Organic Plant Food and cover by hilling the soil on either side of the furrow and tamp with the hoe blade .

Water often when rain is not expected. Feed every 20 days with Plant-Tone or Miracle-Gro liquid plant food. When the beets sprout, thin them to three inches apart. Hill the ground up to them every 10 days. Detroit Dark Red is a good strain. Beets will need a growing season of about 90 days and they require a lot of patience.

Preparing Warm Weather Seeds

Seeds for warm weather vegetables can be purchased now and stored in a cool, dry place in a box, bag or drawer. Seed packs that include flowers can now be purchased, including flower seed packs. Zinnias come in many sizes, varieties, and colors and can be purchased at hardware stores, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Walmart, and many supermarkets. Try to discover as many different colors and varieties as possible to create a colorful bed or row that will last all summer long.

The capricious month of April

We are now in the third day of April and we can expect the last April frost after the middle of the month, but we might see some frost even in early May. Don’t be in a rush to put in tomatoes, peppers or warm weather vegetables. April is a capricious and unpredictable weather month, certainly not the time to bet on hot weather harvests. We can expect lots of showers during the month as well as many cool days and nights. If you bet on a few tomato plants, only plant the number you can cover each night.

Don’t be fooled by the capricious April weather

Everyone knows we celebrated April Fool’s Day last week, but in April we can be fooled by unusual, changeable, unstable weather any day, no two days are exactly alike. We can certainly expect to be fooled by April weather, but don’t be fooled by a few seemingly hot April days. Wait for more stable weather in May to plant tomatoes, peppers and sow summer vegetables.

April snow is possible, but only melts the heart

One of the ways you can get tricked during the month of April is the surprise of a few snowflakes on an April morning. Most snowfalls in April don’t drag, and many elders say it only excites children and melts hearts. This is just one of the many things the fickle April could have had in store for us.

April showers seem to be getting fewer and fewer

We don’t think it’s a warming climate, a cooler climate, or just weather extremes, but April showers in the 21st century seem like just the lyrics to a love song. . We remember when we were kids in April, going to school almost every day in April and coming home to an April shower. We still have a few, but not as common as they were in the 1950s. April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring an unforgettable fresh aroma as well as a breath of fresh air. April fresh. Perhaps this will be a comeback year for the April showers revival!

Make a heavenly dessert

It’s a dessert that lives up to its name and is easy to prepare and will please the whole family. You will need two sticks of light margarine, half a cup of light brown sugar, half a cup of chopped pecans, two cups of plain flour, twelve ounces of softened cream cheese, two cups 10x confectioners’ powdered sugar, two cups Cool Whip, one three-ounce box Jello Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix, one three-ounce box Jello Instant Cheese Pudding Mix, and three cups milk . Combine light margarine, brown sugar, chopped pecans, plain flour. Spread evenly in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan or baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes. Combine softened cream cheese, 10x sugar and Cool Whip and pour over cooled crust of chopped pecan mixture. Combine pudding mixes and milk and pour over cream cheese mixture and top with Cool Whip and refrigerate. A melt-in-your-mouth dessert!

A lawn full of robins

A flock of robins searching for worms and larvae on the lawn on a spring morning is a magnificent sight. They’ve been around during the winter, but now they’re plentiful. The April lawn is wet and they find plenty of food to feed themselves.

Deadline for Irish Potatoes

The deadline for establishing a row or bed of Irish Potatoes is this week with defiance. They must be in the ground this week because they are roots that require a 90-day growing period. Planting this week will ensure a harvest before the July heat waves. You can choose between Irish Cobbler, Yukon Gold, Red Pontiac or Kennebec.

Hoe hoe hoe

An old preacher was on his deathbed. He sent a message for a tax official and a lawyer (both members of the church) to come to his house. When they arrived, they were ushered into her bedroom and sat on either side of her bed. for a moment no one said anything. The IRS agent and attorney were surprised the preacher wanted to see them in his final moments. They were also perplexed because he had never indicated that he particularly liked any of them. Finally, the lawyer asked, “Preacher, why did you ask us both to come? The old preacher said in a weak voice, “Jesus died between two thieves, and that’s how I want to go too!”

Almanac for the month of April 2022

There was a new moon on Friday as we started the month with a new moon and we will also end the month with a new moon on Saturday April 30. Fool’s Day was also celebrated on Friday. The moon reaches its first quarter on Saturday, April 9. Palm Sunday will be Sunday, April 10. Thomas Jefferson’s birthday is Wednesday, April 13. Good Friday will be Friday, April 15. There will be a full moon on Saturday April 10, 16. This moon will be named “Pink Full Moon”. it is also named “Paschal Moon” and “Passover Moon”. Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 15. Easter will be Sunday, April 17. Earth Day will be Thursday, April 22. The moon reaches its last quarter on Saturday, April 23. National Arbor Day is Friday, April 29.

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