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April Garden Calendar

I am fixing as much of the damage from our generous rains while the soil is easy to dig. Lots of weeds to pull or mow. The flowers are spectacular, even the flowers on the weeds. Early in Spring is a great time to plant California Native Plants. In the vegetable patch I have fine crops of peas, fava beans, lettuce, chard, kale and collards. Garlic is growing fantastically. I will wait until early next month to plant my warm season vegetables. The gardens are looking grand. Wildflowers are spectacular this year. Check our drought tolerant list for beautiful plants that come from environs worse than here . . . Drought Tolerant Plants no shortage of plants or shortage of worse climates. Alstroemeria Flame, one of my favorite perennials to use as a cut flower.

April Garden Calendar

After two months with 11 inches of rain and a drier than usual March, a lot of folks are asking if it is time to turn the sprinklers back on. I am waiting as long as I can, until the plants look like they really need it. The longer we wait the deeper the plants will send their roots. This helps out when it gets hot because the roots utilize a larger reservoir of soil. We usually get rain in April, I expect we will, we usually get some heat too.