Alright readers, put on your gloves: it's time to get dirty! In our neck of the woods, we fall under USDA Hardiness Zone 6A. As we head into April, here are some simple tasks to help set your garden up for success:
Clean up the garden in preparation for the season ahead. Remove last year's dead plants, rake back winter mulches, and top-dress beds with compost. After you've finished preparing your beds, plant potatoes, peas, spinach, and other leafy greens as well as beets, turnips, and carrots. Put up a trellis for tall varieties of peas as soon as they sprout.
Later in the month:
Dig, divide, and replant perennials, such as helenium, fall asters, Shasta daisies, chrysanthemums, and phlox. As soon as the weather settles, plant transplants of pansies, forget-me-nots, foxglove, and other cool-weather flowers. Sow seeds of sweet peas, bachelor's buttons, and larkspur in flowerbeds.
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