April Fool's Gardening
WOW, spring is on the way! And so are garden plans. The nice weather prompted Pat to plant radishes, but they froze out! Note: onions and peas can be planted near the end of April and cole crops soon after; but tomatoes must wait until mid-May or even Memorial Day.
REFRESH your garden with compost. Not making compost? Then this is the year to get started, especially for those of you with 16’x20’ garden spaces. Set up a 4’x4’; let Pat come by with the trencher to dig it down and also supply starting compost materials – all for $75! Can you buy one of those compost systems on the market for $75? For Square Foot Gardeners: allow one of your squares for composting each year. For renters, townhouse occupants and homeowners with only small spaces, see what is available at your local nursery center. Enrich you gardens and remember the earthworms that will be crawling out with spring rains can be added to your gardens. What fun to collect them; have a contest to see who can collect the most!
STARTING A NEW GARDEN and looking for square foot gardening materials?
Call Rustic Gardens, 763 682 4448, by April 15 near Menards in Buffalo to say you want 4cf vermiculite, about $30, the best buy. Peat moss may still be about $7 per 2.2cf; and then collect various soil materials per Mel’s suggestions or see Connie’s recipe under Local Gardens, securing quality compost from Produce Acres by Cold Spring.
April 11, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Sherburne County Garden Expo at Big Lake High School. Stop by to get the latest SFG books.
April 20, OPEN GARDENS starting at 2 p.m. at 4936 54th St. NW, Maple Lake to set up a small nursery system. At 208 Oak Ave. North, visit the “dug in compost gardens”. We will be looking for you!
May 18, OPEN GARDENS to share plants and again to ‘install a compost dug in garden”.
Look for garden events every 3rd Monday throughout the summer!