Rocky Mountain Gardening- April Edition

Eek! It’s already the first week of April, and I haven’t even started my warm season seeds yet. Time to get crackin’! In the meantime, here are some steps YOU should be taking in your garden this month.

  1. Did you get your soil tested? If not, do it now. If you did, then you can start supplementing your soil to get it in its best shape. Consider adding in some compost to the soil- 1-2 inches will be sufficient. As you’re digging through, take out the old vegetable roots (my kids loved digging through the dirt last weekend and seeing how big the pumpkin and tomato roots had gotten last year) and remove weeds.
  2. We’ve had some up and down weather here in Denver over the past month. Warm days have led to large snowflakes (but I’m not complaining about the snow- we need the moisture). With a few warm days coming up, put down some 4-6mm clear or black plastic on your vegetable bed. I need to take a trip to the local hardware store for some other supplies and plan on adding a plastic roll to my chart. The plastic will warm up the bed and get it nice and ready for planting.
  3. It’s finally time to start some of those seeds you purchased or saved from last year’s crop. Now is the time to start the warm season vegetable and herb seeds indoors. So gather your pepper, tomator, ground cherry, eggplant, basil, and onion seeds and get them going. You can transplant them in mid to late May after the last spring frost, per the package instructions.
  4. Warm weather seeds aren’t the only ones that need to be sown. Now is the time to direct sow your cool season seeds like arugula, lettuce, spinach, peas,  and kale. You can sow these until the end of April.

 

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