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Finally, April has arrived. March ended on a high note with warming temperatures and some rain on the last day. As we begin in April, I think we need to re-cap March. March was much more traditional when it came to temperatures and rainfall, especially when compared to the last two years when March was cold, wet, dreary, snowy, etc. This year, March has really helped to set up April as a strong gardening month.
As of March 26, our soil temperature is sitting at 46 degrees. This is an important number to keep in mind as we start gardening in April. This number is telling me that it is still too early to be thinking about planting cold-sensitive plants such as tomatoes, peppers, basil, and many flowering summer annual bedding plants. My advice – we need to patient and let Mother Nature warm us up and that time will be coming soon.
Keep in mind that our average last frost date for our area is not until around April 20th. So, don’t get ahead of yourself when it comes to planting cold-sensitive plants or beginning to take your tropical plants outside. The long-range forecast is for us to have a wetter than normal spring this year.
We have two national gardening activities this month:
These are two very good events to support by doing some planting and getting the family involved in planting a tree or two.
HAPPY GARDENING AND HAPPY SPRING!!!