|This is what was lurking under the snow.|
Here are my zone 6b gardening plans for the rest of April:
|.....after! Dead annuals pulled, perennials cut back, leaves removed and reseeded annuals weeded.|
Looking in my journal, I am about a week behind where I was last year in terms of bed prep and outdoor seed planting, which is not too bad!
|The snow helped to keep the rudbeckia alive, which is only supposed to be an annual in zone 6.|
The weather has cooperated for the most part this week and I was able to get a lot of clean up and pruning done in my front edible landscape.
|Aged horse manure waiting to be turned in.|
Indoor Seed Starting
Starting indoors under grow lights this month are sorrel, blue fescue grass (for my hell strip), marigolds, African daisies, zinnias, cauliflower, calendula and tomatoes ( yellow pear and Roma) on a heat mat.
|Alpine strawberry seedlings- so cute!|
Peas are planted and green onions, radishes, cress, carrots, beets, arugula, leaf and head lettuce, Swiss chard, sweet peas and potatoes will all be in the ground by the end of the month. I'll also be transplanting out broccoli, kale and cabbage.
|Black Lace Elderberry bushes pruned back to promote new bushy growth.|
|New shoots at the soil line will provide a more bushy silhouette.|
I'll be adding compost to the front garden beds as well as fertilizing and mulching the rhododendrons and other perennials. The blueberries and lingonberries will need acidic mulch such as pine needles. I'll also be digging up the two hell strips I have in front of my house and adding compost in preparation for planting next month.
Now that I can reach my compost bin, it is time to see what's going on in there and pull out and use any useable material. Lastly, I need to assess the condition of my containers and trellises.
|Propagating lavender and rosemary.|
My bees arrive in May so I have to paint the outside of the hive in preparation for their arrival.
|Growing sweet potato slips - you can see the new roots starting to grow!|
Now the weather has warmed up, I'm seeing more activity in the worm bin and have added a second tray. I'm hoping to be able to start harvesting worm compost very soon.
|I'm growing water cress in a water bath. Once the chance of frost is over, I'll move the cress in it's bath outside on my deck.|
How about you, has spring arrived where you are? Are you planting yet?
It feels good to be outside and getting dirty, doesn't it!