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April Planting Calendar

April gives a bit of a reprieve from spring planting around here.  Your cold weather crops should have gone in already and your warm weather crops aren't ready to hit the soil just yet.  Here's our planting calendar for April:

  • Rue AnemoneApril 1 - 7:
    • Plant lettuce.  You'll notice that I plant fresh lettuce every month in the winter and early spring --- that's the trick to sweet leaf lettuce without a hint of bitterness.  This is the first planting in the bare soil with no protective cold frame.
    • Start tomatoes and peppers.  Last year, I discovered that my tomatoes grew much better in a cold frame than under a grow light in the house, and this year I want to try peppers the same way.  Cold frame tomato seedlings are used to a bit of chilly weather, have less transplant shock, and are never leggy.
  • April 8 - 14:
    • Take advantage of this lull to start weeding the garden in earnest.  Tiny weeds sure are a lot easier to pull before they put down taproots.  (Or go out and look at the wildflowers like the Rue Anemone here.)
  • April 15 - 21:
    • Set out your broccoli seedlings.
  • April 22 - 30:
    • If you haven't already, take this week to prepare the soil for the big May rush --- form your raised beds, add in compost, etc.

Enjoy the peace and quiet while it lasts --- the first of May brings gardening craziness.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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