Friday, April 13, 2012

Gardener's Spring Planting Calendar Friday, April 13

Offered with compliments of Master Gardeners Association of BC

April 13th
Frost Free Date for Zone 7b is April 15th

*     Direct seed more carrots and spinach; also endive, scallions, turnips
*     Transplant all hardened-off seedlings
*     Keep carrots protected with row cover against rust fly
*     Direct seed sunflowers, poppies, summer bulbs (lilies, glads) if you haven't already
*     Harden off celery, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, melons, pumpkins, tomatoes, winter squash so they will be ready to transplant when the soil is warmer
*     Watch the weather!  Sometimes a late freeze, just at mid-April, can undo all your work.  That row cover may look messy but it is worth keeping it over your tender plants.  It will warm the soil faster, keep out hungry birds -- and foil the neighbour's cat who loves to use your nicely-tilled soil as a WC
*     Don't be in a hurry to plant your warm-soil seedlings.  Our Northwest soil can be colder in April than it is in early November, and planting too early, even if there is no frost, only stunts their growth

Colourful Carrots

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