One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. (W.E. Johns)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Planning for April - Annual and Biennials

Keep your garden plan handy. Check your newspaper for calendars and dates and ENJOY the abundant plant sales.

I get really excited in April. The sun is out and I want to PLANT, PLANT, PLANT!!!

Don't get too excited too early. I always have to hold myself back. You need to hold off on planting until the last frost date. If you really can't hold off that long, you can probably get away with planting pansies early. I would start by sowing the following HARDY annuals outdoors: sweet alyssum, cosmos, cleome, marigolds, California poppies, and sunflowers. If you are still working on clearing out proper garden space, seed them into flats and transplant later. IF your garden is ready, sprinkle the seeds and be sure to mark where you planted in some way so that you can pay special attention to your plants as they emerge.

Keep planning your perfect garden... Some things to consider - Use veggies as garden filler! They are quite beautiful. Use lettuce as edging, parlsey tucked in with your flowers, or frilly carrot tops to accent your snapdragons. You want to choose small veggies without crazy root systems so that you dont destroy your flowers as you harvest.

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