April showers bring May flowers!...Don't let
these rainy days get to you...start planting! And be sure to take steps to
Nurseries and garden centers will have
enormous selections this month. Try to stay with cool/early season flowers like
daisies, pansies, and snapdragons. Later, you can add marigolds, petunias, and
You can also start looking for fruits to plant. A good place to
start this time of year is with strawberries, grapes, and kiwis.
will also do well if want to grow some of your own. Chives, parsley, basil,
oregano, mint, and tarragon will do well with the cool mornings, but make sure
to take steps to protect them, as well as other early plantings, if it looks
like a late frost is on the way.
Start growing all kinds of vegetables
and flowers on your window sills, or under plastic. Getting a head start on the
growing season is extremely important for some of us. Especially if you plan on
growing your own corn. If you have a short
growing season, you'll need the extra time if you intend to have lots of
healthy plants around this year.
Hopefully by now, you have alreaady
started many of your own vegetable plants from seed, and you won't need to buy
them from a local store. Buying packs of seeds at the end of the year, and
saving for the coming year, can save even more money. For example, buying
several packs of tomato seeds, and starting them in 3 inch pots the following
year, will provide you with more tomatos than you'll probably need... unless
you plan on doing some canning.
In our local area, tomatos in 3 inch pots, and about 6-8 inches tall,
can cost as much as $1.75 each!
easily purchase a few different packs of seeds for .35 cents, to .50 cents
each, at the end of the year, save them for next year, and plant enough so that
you could sell a bunch down on the corner if you wanted
additional 300 tomato plants and selling them for a dollar a piece, would give
you enough money to bring in some extra soil or fertilizer, perhaps purchase a
few new landscape plants, or even pay for a tune up on the roto
They don't really take up that much room, and there's almost no
additional time necessary to care for them... after all, you're just watering
Try to come up
with some of your own creative ways, to not only save a few bucks, but make
some as well.
There are many
different kinds of lighting available if you really want to get things going.
Everything from cheap flourescent lighting, to the more expensive lighting like
mercury vapor lamps, high pressure sodium lamps, and other types of high
intensity discharge lamps.
frames, a hoophouse, or even a small greenhouse might
serve your needs even better. If you are going to be planting a large garden,
and with successive plantings, one of these structures will assist you greatly
throughout your growing season.
For your lawns, many of us will have
moss to contend with. make sure that you remember to cut your grass a little
shorter than you would otherwise, and then apply your choice of moss killer to
Remember not to cut more than 1/3 ofr the length of your grass
Once the moss has died out, if there are any areas that need
replanting, be sure to get some good quality seed, and adress those
Most moss killers will also make your lawn very green, and cause
it to grow fast, so make sure to cut it again before you apply grass