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The Best Flowers and Vegetables to Plant in April

April is here and that means glimpses of green will pop up in the garden this month.

The first green to appear in my garden comes from the earliest bulbs – snowdrops. Soon after the daffodils make an appearance, yellow as egg yolks. And I love watching the bees buzz from one daffodil to the next.

These early bloomers handle the unpredictable spring weather well.

And there are plenty of flowers and vegetables you can plant outside this month that can also handle the ever-changing weather in your April garden.

What You Need to Grow Strong, Healthy Seedlings (Grow Light DIY)

You want to start plants from seed, and you want it to be easy. So, you get out some pots, fill them with potting soil, pop your seeds in, and water them. As you place the pots next to your sunniest window, you nod your head and think, “that was pretty easy, wasn’t it?” Even though it seems like an easy way to start seeds – it’s nearly impossible to grow healthy seedlings in front of a window, especially during winter and spring when the days are short, and the sun is weak.

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24 of The Best Gardening Books for Beginners

We live in an era of instant everything. Instant rice, instant communication, and most importantly … instant-dry nail polish! But one thing that can’t be sped up is your garden. I learned that when my fourth-grade teacher had us start sunflower seeds in a paper cup. I woke up each morning, excited to see how my seeds were doing. Had they sprouted overnight? Did they need to be watered? When would they be ready to go outside?

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How to Make Sure Your Plants Are Happy While You’re Away

As I was getting ready to go out of town for ten days, I ticked off the last few items on my travel checklist:

Sunscreen
Boarding pass
Fill wine bottles with water

Filling those wine bottles was one of the most important gardening tasks I had to do before I left. And I’ll tell you about that in a minute…

Taking a vacation has many benefits: lower stress levels, a better outlook on life, and creating memories with friends and family.

But…how can you leave for more than a few days when you’re worried about whether your plants will survive while you’re gone

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Organic Mulch: What It Is And How to Choose The Best One

Imagine if you could magically minimize the need to weed, water, and fertilize your garden.

Well, your gardening fairy-godmother, organic mulch, is ready to wave her wand over your garden and grant your wish!

Organic mulches create a cozy blanket over your soil, which protects your soil from drying winds, blistering sun, and the 40,000 dandelion seeds your neighbor blows into your yard with their lawnmower every weekend.

Red tulips and crabapple tree in march garden.

March Gardening: What You Need to Do This Month

Typically, March is a hard month for us gardeners. The longer days always fool me into thinking that spring has arrived.

Oh yes! Spring is finally here, I think to myself. Well, it is, and it isn’t.

Even though my soil is starting to warm up, March is our snowiest month, and gale-force winds can make being outside disappointing at best, and irritating at worst.

Even so, March is a busy gardening month. Seedlings need to be looked after indoors, and the second half of the month is usually calmer. And I can finally start doing fun gardening things outside.

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