April 2019 Garden News

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April is a busy month in the garden. The weather is warming up, early-flowering shrubs and trees such as forsythia and flowering cherry are blooming, and most gardeners are eager to be out in their yards.

Our last frost date is usually around April 15. Planting warm-season vegetables such as squash and annual flowers such as zinnias should be safe after that. Don’t forget that we can have a late frost, so be prepared to cover plants to prevent frost damage if you plant vegetable or flower plants this month. Row covers that are specially made to be permeable to air and light are better to use than plastic, as contact with plastic may burn plant leaves. Be sure to remove the row cover the next morning once the air temperature warms up so that the plants don’t overheat.

When you are preparing your garden, be sure to pull up winter weeds like chickweed and henbit before they go to seed. If you haven’t done a soil test in the last two to three years, now is a good time to do one. Come by the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Davie County Center and pick up a soil testing box and information sheet. Soil tests are free from April to November, except for the cost of mailing the soil to the soil testing lab. If you have more than one area to test, such as a lawn and a garden, be sure to collect a separate soil sample for each area. Once you get your results, follow the recommendations for fertilizing and liming your garden soil. If you need help interpreting the results, please contact the Extension Office and I’ll be glad to help you.

Upcoming Events:

The Master Gardener℠ Volunteers of Davie County Plant Sale will be held on Friday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. located at 232 S. Main Street – right next to the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Davie County Center office. They will be selling a wide variety of perennials, shrubs, annuals, houseplants, trees, vegetables, and herbs. The proceeds from the plant sale benefit the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Davie County scholarship program as well as community beautification projects.