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Spring Planting Tips: Maximizing Your Garden’s Potential In April

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It is April and the Spring Garden is in Full Swing

April is an exciting time for gardeners, as the weather warms up and the garden bursts into life. In this podcast episode, we discussed some of the plants that can be planted in the spring garden in April according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

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Let’s dig into the details of what was talked about:

Arugula: A Versatile Green

Arugula is a popular leafy green that can be planted in April. It’s quick to sprout and adds a peppery flavor to salads and dishes. Sherva mentioned having arugula sprouting in grow bags and from seeds saved from the previous year’s harvest.

Basil: A Favorite Herb

Basil is another herb that thrives in April. With its various varieties and robust growth, basil is a favorite among gardeners. The ease of saving basil seeds was discussed, highlighting its sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

Beets: A Root Crop Challenge

Beets present a challenge for some gardeners, but their vibrant color and delicious flavor make them worth the effort. Succession sowing and experimenting with different varieties can lead to a successful beet harvest.

Chives: A Perennial Favorite

Chives are a perennial herb that comes back year after year, making them a low-maintenance addition to any garden. They also attract pollinators and have a mild onion flavor that enhances many dishes.

Culantro: A Unique Flavor

Culantro, also known as sawtooth coriander, is a lesser-known herb with a unique flavor profile. It’s often used in Caribbean and Asian cuisine and can be grown from seeds saved from the previous year’s harvest. In Mexican cuisine, it’s called Epizote.

Sherva has a recipe for Green Seasoning that uses several herbs mentioned in this episode.

Corn: A Space-Intensive Crop

Corn is a mid-month planting option for April, but it requires plenty of space and protection from hungry critters like groundhogs. While some gardeners enjoy growing corn, others opt out due to space constraints.

Lettuce, Onions, and Potatoes: Spring Staples

Lettuce, onions, and potatoes are spring staples that can still be planted in April. Succession planting and companion planting were discussed as strategies for maximizing garden space and crop yield.

Radishes: Quick and Easy

Radishes are quick-growing root vegetables that are perfect for succession planting alongside other crops like beets. Their peppery flavor and crunchy texture make them a popular choice for salads and snacks.

Swiss Chard: A Year-Round Delight

Swiss chard is a versatile leafy green that can be planted in April for a year-round harvest. It’s both ornamental and edible, with vibrant stems and leaves that add color and flavor to any dish.

Resources

The Farmer’s Almanac has many informative articles and several useful tools. The planting calendar is one of Karen’s favorites. Simply type in your zip code and you’ll get a handy schedule of when to plant what.

In conclusion, April offers a wealth of planting opportunities for gardeners, from leafy greens and herbs to root vegetables and staples like corn and potatoes. By experimenting with different varieties and planting techniques, gardeners can enjoy a bountiful harvest throughout the year. Happy gardening!

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