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Time to Get Gardening

I’m sure you haven’t been neglecting your garden all winter-long.  But, chilly weather and rain makes gardening a chore rather than a pleasure.

While the weather in April is always iffy, it’s a great time to start a garden.  There are sunny days, a little humidity and it’s generally ok outside.  Additionally, spring is the time when plants want to grow.

My favorite kind of planting is from seed. This can be kind of tough because if you don’t follow the exact directions on the seed packet, you won’t get the results you expect.  For example, I got lazy with my lettuce and didn’t thin my lettuce bed after my seeds sprouted.  Consequently, my seed beds were an impossible tangle when I did get out there.  I ended up clipping off some sprouts and eating them in salad (they were pretty yummy), then turning the rest over and planting starts.

But, if you decide to follow simple, written directions, you’ll be ok.

Here are some great plants to start from seed now:


Arugula, Lettuce, Spinach, Basil, Parsley, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Corn, Peppers… and more.

(Note: If you want to try something different, check out lemon cucumbers.  They are weird, yet delicious)


Calendula, Nasturtium, Sun Flowers, Daisies, Wildflowers, Zinnias, Petunia, Morning Glory, Bougainvillea… and more.

You can always just buy starts to plant from as well, but seeds are fun and kind of magical.  They’re especially great if you have kids in your family – or have family who act like kids.  It’s a great project to give to kids to show them patience and gives them some idea of where food and flowers and such come from.

One word of advice: If you are going to sow directly into the ground, make sure to put some kind of screen over the plants until they are established.  Otherwise, birds are likely to make off with you tasty/pretty treats.

Additionally, if you have chickens you may think a great way to get manure directly to your sprouts would be to let them wander the yard and fertilize at will.  Don’t do this.  They are birds and will scratch up your seeds and eat them.  Same goes for your plants in any growth period.  Your best bet is to spread straw through the chicken coop and let them fertilize that, then compost it and spread it around.

If you’re unsure on where to set all these plants up, you can start most in pots, then work with a landscaper to get the ideal spot picked out and set up properly in your yard.

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