Spring

woman planting in april garden, what to plant in april

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.

leggy seedlings growing in a pot

How to Prevent and Fix Leggy Seedlings For Good

A couple of weeks after starting your seeds indoors, your shoulders sag as you look at your seedlings.

They don’t look right.

They’re thin, pale, wispy things – all stem, and hardly any leaves. It feels like a seed starting disaster!

And you wonder, “can I salvage these leggy seedlings?”

The good news is it’s possible to fix leggy seedlings! I’ve saved many leggy seedlings. And most led long, healthy lives.

Why are leggy seedlings a problem? They aren’t strong enough to withstand outdoor weather conditions. They’ll also be more susceptible to pests and diseases, and may not produce well. So, it’s vital to prevent legginess.

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.

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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