Sunday, April 20, 2014

What to plant now

Dill in front, mint and French sorrel in background

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Now is a great time to plant plants or sow seeds outdoors in Midwest gardens!  There are a bevy of different fruits, herbs, and vegetables that mid April is the perfect time to plant.

Fruits
This is a great time to plant apple trees, blackberry vines, blueberry bushes, raspberry vines, rhubarb, and strawberries.  Spring sun is not too intense and spring rains nourish the plants to grow strong root systems before summer heat and drought kick in.

Herbs
Spring is perfect for all herbs except basil and stevia.  A frost will kill these heat lovers.
Cilantro, a cool season herb, in foreground, sage in background

Vegetables
Asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, all greens, kale, lettuce, all mustards, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, tatsoi, and turnips.
Buttercrunch lettuce in Earthbox


It is still too early to plant heat lovers without the benefit of cover.  May 1 is the date the old timers say is when to plant your summer veggies.  Summer veggies include tomatoes, eggplant, squash, and peppers.  Come May 1, check your extended forecast and if it is calling for the low’s to stay out of the 30’s, this is the green light to plant the heat lovers.  

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