In the Garden: April.

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WHAT TO PLANT

Seed in Ground: arugula, basil, beans, beets, chard, cilantro, sweet corn, cucumbers, leaf lettuce, melons, okra, parsley, southern peas, peanuts, radish, spinach, snap beans, squash (summer and winter), turnips, watermelon

Transplant: basil, cantaloupe, cucumber, dill, eggplant, kale, peppers, tomatoes, summer and winter squash, sweet potatoes, Swiss Chard

WHAT TO DO

  • Give flowers and vegetables a foliar feeding of liquid seaweed or compost tea; spray the liquid nutrients on foliage early in the day before it gets too hot.
  • Plant black-eyed, purple hull and crowder peas, okra, peanuts, sweet potatoes, squash, melons, cucumbers, and cornโ€”all can withstand the heat that will arrive in less than 2 months.
  • Keep planting basilโ€”it loves the warm weather.
  • Plant “bulbs” of caladium, calla, gladiolus, and water lily and summer-flowering bulbs.
  • Plant full-sun annuals such as moss rose, purslane, trailing lantanas, pentas, Dahlberg daisy, cosmos, celosias, small-flowering zinnias, marigolds, firebush, copper plant, cleome, purple fountaingrass, ornamental sweet potatoes and amaranthus.
  • Keep adding kitchen scraps and grass clippings to your compost pile.
  • Replenish your mulch!
  • Plant fall-blooming perennials
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