Even though the last frost date of April 15 is long past, there is still a possibility of late frost on into early May. The remnants of dogwood winter are lingering around as the dogwoods shed their petals on the woodland and lawn floor and develop tiny green leaves to replace the blooms.
The last nights of the month of April will be cool and also the first ten days of May will likely feature some cool nights. The soil is not warm enough for sowing warm weather vegetable seed or transplanting plants. For more dependable and sure results on warm weather vegetables, wait until the middle of May when soil is warmer. Then seeds will quickly sprout and plants will rapidly respond.
Kicking off green beans
The cool weather should not hinder sowing a row or two of green beans such as Top Crop or Strike. These both are string less, tender and produce two harvests when cleanly picked. Start a row or bed this week and another bed or two in two weeks. Wait until the middle of the month of May to sow the bulk of the green beans to harvest in 60 to 70 days.
Sow green beans in a furrow about three or four inches deep. Apply a layer of peat moss in the bottom of the furrow, sow seed, apply another layer of peat moss and a layer of “Black Kow” composted and apply an application of Plant Tone organic vegetable food and hill up soil on each side of the furrow and tamp down. After they sprout, apply more Plant Tone every 15 days.
Enjoy a ‘Full pink moon’
Tomorrow night a “full pink moon” can be enjoyed after sunset. It may actually look pink as it rises after the sun sets in the west. Enjoy the moon each night during the week as it rises a little bit later each night.
Asparagus fern for spring beauty
As containers of spring and summer annuals are displayed in garden shops, pick up a container of asparagus fern and buy a larger container and a bag of potting medium to replant it in. When you transplant the fern it will quickly grow. By summers end, you can move it to a sunny spot in the living room where it can thrive all winter if you give it a drink of water each week and feed it with Flower Tone organic flower food.
Investing in a water wand
A water wand is a great start toward conserving water by placing water only where it is needed without wasting it. A good water wand has six settings from “stream shower,” “spray,” “pour”, and other modes and cost around $12. A helpful tip about a water wand is to never leave the wand attached when pulling the hose from one location to another because you may damage the spring on the wand.
A colorful container of coleus
The first container of summer annuals to start the warm weather flower season should be a container of coleus, which are available in six, four and nine packs. As the coleus begins to produce lavender blooms, pinch them off to produce an abundance of foliage.
Starting Early Girl tomatoes
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