What to do Now!

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what to do now

Plant cool season veggies in the garden – now! Lettuce, cabbage, spinach, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower and more can all be safely planted! Time to get growin’!

Spray fruit trees with a multi-purpose fruit/orchard spray (chemical or organic); read and follow label directions to a tee. Not sure? Ask us how.

Check stored bulbs – cannas, elephant ears, & dahlias – for any signs of rot. Bulbs that are soft or mushy should be discarded. You can start these bulbs indoors for transplanting to the garden in late May. BTW – fresh bulbs and rhizomes are now available at Martin Viette.

It’s time to clean and ready your pots for spring and summer plantings (if you didn’t last fall). Here’s a time-trusted solution for cleaning terra cotta/clay pots: in a tub or basin, mix 9 parts warm water with 1 part bleach. Soak pots to loosen any debris (30 minutes should be enough). If necessary, use a brush to remove any remaining residue. Rinse; then dry in the sun. When you’re ready to plant, your pots will be waiting. 

Winter damage is appearing in the best of landscapes. Before you do any pruning, make sure that the growth you are removing is dead. Not sure? Lightly scratch the bark to see if it is green or brown underneath. If brown, keep pruning until you get to live green tissue.

Bare areas in the lawn? Buy and use a high quality grass seed to fill-in. If you don’t, weeds will do it for you.

What’s going on in the April garden?