Growing Guides & Gardening Tips

Red Twig Dogwood

April Checklist

-Encourage butterfly’s and bees in your garden by providing host plants: lavenders, mallows, butterfly weed, dill, sages and more.

-Our average last frost is mid April. Avoid planting tender vegetables such as zucchini, tomatoes, beans and cucumbers until we have past that point.

-You can still plant hardy veggies: broccoli, cabbage, kale , cauliflower, kohlrabi, spinach, lettuce and much more.

-Feed onions and garlic. They grow fast and need nitrogen to feed the growth.

-Plant summer bulbs now: dahlias, gladiolas, begonias, freesia, lilies

Plant strawberries now. They are hardy and fast growing. Seascape and Monterey will start producing by late spring. Be prepared to cover them with netting to thwart birds.

This time of year the aphids are starting to pounce on the new growth of many trees, shrubs and perennials. They can damage or even kill a plant if they are kept unchecked.

It’s tempting to cut back all the foliage of the spring blooming bulbs. Waiting
6-8weeks will help them replenish the bulbs for the next season.

Even though we have had lots of rain this year. Planting drought tolerant trees, shrubs and perennials will help save water.

Prune spring blooming shrubs as soon as they have finished their blooming. This will tidy them up and allow them time to develop their buds for the next bloom season. Rhodies, azaleas, forsythia, lilacs, magnolias….