What to do in your Southern California Garden in April

Spring is in the air, the birds and butterflies are appearing and it’s starting to be very enjoyable outdoors. Here is a list of garden chores that you should take care of this month.

It is a great month to plant your annuals to start creating summer color

April is the time to start plant fall-blooming bulbs such as Aconitum
Amaryllis, Begonia, Lycoris Spider Lily (not supposed to bloom here, but mine do)
and Trycirtis.

You can buy bulbs at a nursery or online – here are two online suggestions.

Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
McClure Zimmerman Bulbs

It’s time to feed and water blooming and growing cacti and succulents.

Your peach trees should be sprayed for peach leaf curl, peach leaf blight, and canker.

If you didn’t do it last month, time to feed houseplants that are growing or blooming.

You can prune spring-flowering shrubs and vines while they are blooming or just after they finish. The beautiful Hardenbergia (Lilac Vine) is almost done blooming, so soon will be a perfect time to prune them.

If you did not go to Tomatomania at Tapia Farms last weekend, put Tomatomania in Fillmore (Otto & Sons) on your calendar (April 1-3) It’s getting warm so this month you can transplant warm-season vegetable seedlings, when you plant your fabulous new tomato plants.

Plan to attend the Earth Day Celebration at Whole Foods Valencia on April 10, 2010 from noon to 3:00 pm – Tami Smight and I will be outside with some fun demos for you. We’ll help you recycle your old pottery, vases, and more into new decorative, green accessories for your home.

Happy Gardening!

For more information: www.thegrassisalwaysgreener.net


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