We aren’t able to have our normal workdays this month, but the garden is always open and we invite you to come by and tend your crops! The Metrocrest and other food banks need our donations now more than ever!
Please do let us know if you leave a donation, and please also let us know if you assistance in tending your plot so the garden does not fall fallow.
Until we see you again, enjoy the April Best Bets, and happy gardening!
What to Do in April
- Look for Pests…Spring is here and so are pests. Look for damage before it becomes a major problem, especially on the underside and on lower leaves. Early treatment is key.Squash bugs and Squash vine borers are going to damage squash, and cucumber vines. Use diatomaceous earth sprinkled on and around the plants to help control these pests. Insecticidal soap is another remedy for many immature insects, aphids, and mites. Remember, organic controls only! For more specific advice, ask for help, or check out our resources in the shed.
- Grow UP, not OUT…Letting your plants trail along the ground causes nothing but trouble! Insects, diseases, will be a bigger problem, as well as your neighbor who will not be happy with “encroachment”! Remember: before you plant, you need to add poles or structures. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and vine crops need strong support, at least 4 foot high. (Hint: tomato cages are NOT big enough ). Put tall plants on the NORTH side to minimize shading your other crops. Need ideas? Check out our resources at the garden outside the shed.
What to Harvest in April
Harvest peas, radishes, and most “greens”. If you harvest the outer leaves only on leaf crops, you can continue to harvest over and over…at least until it gets too hot in June. While onions can be harvested at any time, for the biggest bulb, wait until June.
What to plant in April (See chart below for more information)
Now is the best time to plant summer crops. You still have time to plant tomatoes. Small and medium fruit tomatoes generally do best in our area. In addition, this is the best time to plant hot weather lovers like eggplant, peppers, okra, squash. cucumbers, and beans. You can still plant leafy greens from transplants but it’s probably too late for direct seeding, they will not reach maturity before hot weather hits!
|Plant||Best Varieties |
(Choose these if available)
|Transplants or Seeds?|
|Tomato Determinate (plant is shorter)||Celebrity, Carnival, Surefire VF1, President, Merced, Heatwave, Small Fry, Early Girl Bush, Golden Sunray (Heirloom), Jolly||1 (trellis)||Transplants only|
(Keeps growing; needs strong support)
|Champion, Quick Pick, First Lady, Golden Girl (Heirloom), Superfantastic, Roma, San Marzano (Heirloom), Porter, Cherry Grande, Sun Gold, Sweet 100, Early Girl, Husky Gold, Porter Improved, Lemon Boy, Juliet||1 for 2 blocks|
|Peppers (sweet)(Plant later in the month)||Big Bertha, Golden Summer,Banana Supreme, Cubanelle, Gypsy, Orange Sun, Summer Sweet, Sweet Pickle, Jupiter||1(cage)||Transplants only|
|Peppers (hot)(Plant later in the month)||Mucho Nacho Jalapeño, Mexibell, Hungarian Yellow Wax, Super Cayenne , Hidalgo Serrano, Jalapeno, TAM Mild Jalapeno, Anaheim (Chile), Cherry Bomb||1(cage)||Transplants only|
|Cucumbers (Pickling)||Calypso, Carolina, Sumter, H-19 Little Leaf||2 (trellis)||Seed or transplant|
|Cucumbers (Slicing)||Armenian, Sweet Success, Sweet Slice, Spacemaster, Suyo, Diva||2 (trellis)||Seed or transplant|
|Okra||Emerald, Clemson Spineless, Louisiana green velvet||1||Seed or transplant|
|Eggplant||Purple Rain, Fairytale, Ichiban||1||transplant|
|Squash winter||Buttercup, Spaghetti, Table King||1 (trellis)||Seed or transplant|
|Squash summer||Dixie, Pattypan, Eightball, Early Yellow, Gold Rush||1 (cage)||Seed or transplant|
|Black eyed peas||Blackeye #5, Purplehull, Texas Pinkeye||9||Seed|
|Blue Lake 274, Tendercrop, Contender, Tendergreen, Derby, Goldcrop Wax||9||Seed|
|Kentucky Wonder, Purple King, Rattlesnake, Yard long||8 (trellis)||Seed|