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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

04-06-2009 07:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tasks april

What gardening tasks do you do in the month of April?

 

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-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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Bon

7374 posts in 3657 days
hardiness zone 5a

04-06-2009 10:08 AM

Well here it is April 6.I think I will harvest my new crop of snow.(LOL)
Hard to believe yesterday I was outside raking the gardens and fluffing up the dirt and I planted a lot of poppy seeds.Then wham…overnight snow storm.Yuck.Good job the poppy seeds can take snow and cold.Here it is 11:00 am and it’s snowing like crazy again.Guess I will go downstairs and start some more seeds under my grow lights.Already got the bulbs and tubers planted the first of April and they are downstairs hopefully growing.My next chore for gardening this month is to make a small veggie garden.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

04-06-2009 12:29 PM

it’s still snowing here as well… argh.

April: start those seeds!
clean up the garden beds and get them ready for plants
plant grains, peas
prune trees
open up the pond

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Iris43

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hardiness zone 5a

04-06-2009 01:40 PM

Well Bon, I will join you in harvesting the snow. Shall we make a special menu with it for supper? Or maybe we will can it or freeze it for use later this summer? LOL

I usually get my gardens cleaned up, in April. It’s too cold still to start many new plants or seeds outside. We can still get frost and this year we are still getting freezing temps. every night. But I check out plants that have survived the winter and watch for any empty spots. I try to make a note of spots that I can use for tucking fall bulbs in, as they are all blooming now and I can see what is missing.

As Easter approaches I plan any seeds that I want to start in the house. I have some started but will prepare more as the season gets later. I will start the cannas and acouple begonias.
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I will plant onion sets in the flower boxes on the back deck in April. The cold weather and frosts will not hurt them. I will post a pic. of the boxes once they are planted and the onions are emerging.
I will also organize my garden corner in the garage and check out supplies and tools. I’ll try not to spend TOO much time in the garden shops, nurserys, etc. That’s an almost hopeless statement though, especially on days like this, what better way is there to spend time than veiwing the new plants that will be available for summer gardens this year.
As you can see, I have already visited some stores…........................

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Oh yes, and last but one of the most important chores, is opening the pond. I put the pump in it yesterday, and hopefully it won’t be long bf the fish return to it.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

04-06-2009 02:59 PM

what’s in the ziploc bag?

that’s quite the collection – for someone who stays away from gardening centres lol

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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mario1360

921 posts in 3292 days
hardiness zone 5a

04-06-2009 03:12 PM

i am waiting for a little heat, i suffer from real bad artritis in my knees and hands and shoulders and neck and feet…..but when the heat comes watch out….clean the beds, attack the front of the house, plant my new roses, check on my seedlings etc….humidity just eats my energy!!!!!!

-- south shore montreal, zone 5a, whish it was 9

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mario1360

921 posts in 3292 days
hardiness zone 5a

04-06-2009 03:16 PM

wow thats a very appetizing table iris!!!!beautiful african violet too, love that blue…

-- south shore montreal, zone 5a, whish it was 9

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Iris43

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hardiness zone 5a

04-06-2009 03:30 PM

MsDeb, I assume you mean the ziplock bag on the windowseat. It is a peony tree start. When the men were putting the siding on my house in Jan., the yellow peony tree got broken off at the graft. My neighbour suggested that I try rooting the broken piece in some soil, so I dip it in some rooting hormone and put it in some starter soil, and I’m hoping for the best. :-)

Thanks Mario. I have pkgs of seed that I bought, seed that I collected from last year and some from our trade, as well as new bulbs that I just couldn’t pass by. I hope I don’t collect anything more as I will have my hands full dealing with this lot!

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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dini

1591 posts in 3593 days
hardiness zone 5

04-06-2009 03:46 PM

Cleaning up this new yard.
“Building” some flower beds (and maybe one or two for veggies).
Starting seeds and bareroot “babies” indoors.
Bringing down as many babies as I can from the old place before A-it sells, or B-neighborhood monsters trash ‘em all.

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 3755 days
hardiness zone 9

04-06-2009 09:09 PM

April …
  • Raking up what leaves have blown over from other’s yards into mine; giving the yard a good once over.
  • See if I can get any seeds to sprout for me indoors. This is new for me …
  • Basically still waiting for consistent, warmer weather.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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04-07-2009 06:58 AM

Iris: interesting. I hope it works!
I wonder if that would have worked with my magnolia tree that was broken in two this winter :(

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Iris43

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04-07-2009 10:20 AM

The magnolia should send shoots up from the roots. Don’t give up on it.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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04-07-2009 12:39 PM

that’s good to hear!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Cynthia

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04-08-2009 06:43 AM

Iris43: I enjoyed your photos of your seedlings. I see some familiar seed catalogues.
DebbieP: Can we grow magnolias here in Ontario? I often admired them when I lived in Texas.
Everyone: You sound happy and raring for planting outdoors. Soon, very soon…

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mario1360

921 posts in 3292 days
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04-08-2009 07:46 AM

yes some magnolias are hardy to zones 4 and 5….i intend to plant one this year on the front lawn….if you plant very young trees they need winter protection for the first 3 years….they are magnificent in bloom, of course they wont be as spectacular as the ones down in the deep south but impressive none the less….sorry msdeb for answering although the question was directed to you, its my enthousiasm for flowering trees that took over…

-- south shore montreal, zone 5a, whish it was 9

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

04-08-2009 08:07 AM

Carolinian Forest Trees. I live in the northern region of the Carolinian Forest region and so magnolias grow here. (I had a cucumber magnolia but it didn’t survive and my moonglow was broken in the winter this year)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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countrygal

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04-08-2009 08:10 AM

April is when the GH finally is in full swing,no more running flats of seedlings out there in the morning and hauling them back in the house at night.Finished potting up all the seedlings that were started weeks ago,and all my tubers are potted and overwintered plants are in full growth.Now the faster growing seeds will be started.Once all this is done, the gardens will be prepped so they will be ready for all these plants come planting time (whenever that may be).Got a good start on one on Sunday,but can’t see it now for snow.
Oh well,at least I can play in the dirt in the GH ,it is soooo nice in there.

-- Southwestern Ontario Canada Zone5b

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Bon

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04-08-2009 08:26 AM

Wow Iris your plants are coming along very nicely.Mine are just starting to pop up under the lights now.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
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04-11-2009 02:32 PM

prune raspberry canes

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Cynthia

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04-11-2009 03:25 PM

Mario1360: Thanks for the info re magnolias. I am grateful for any info to aid in my planting successfully.

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 3755 days
hardiness zone 9

04-11-2009 04:03 PM

We had an ornamental Magnolia at the old house … it was MAGNIFICIENT when it bloomed. But hubby and I used to have a running bet each year as to how long the blooms would stay opened. Cuz on cue; the flowers would open and we either would have a terrible wind storm or heavy rain and all our beautiful flowers would trickle down to the ground. We were in that house over 30 years and I am telling you, we could count maybe 7 years all together that we got to enjoy those flowers more than one day!! LOL!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Iris43

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hardiness zone 5a

04-11-2009 08:16 PM

This true of Magnolia trees. Wind, rain and often a late frost, even just a light frost, will ruin the flowers. But the flowers are magnificent when they do bloom, even if it’s just for a day.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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StarrsWife

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hardiness zone 7

02-18-2010 03:41 AM

Raspberry canes…mmmmm that’s another thing I want to learn to grow, BERRIES! I just do NOT like the taste of storebought, but remember eating wild berries from bushes as a child and want that again. Maybe it was blackberries? Mulberries? IDK… I’ve tried several from the store and they are all yuck!

-- Jessica~ Oklahoma zone 7 “A genius always presents himself as a fool” ~Anon.

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