April is getting warmer, but you can still plant and harvest something from your garden. From now until July when the monsoons hit, we have our driest season. Make sure to monitor your garden and pots to make sure they are getting enough water. You may need to add 70% shade cloth to your tomatoes starting this month. Watch them to see how they are responding to the weather.
Vegetables to plant this month:
Armenian Cucumber, Asparagus, Blackeyed Peas, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Green Onions, Jerusalem Artichoke, Jicama, Lima Beans, Muskmelon, Okra, Peanut, Peppers, Pumpkin, Radish, Snap Bean, Summer Squash, Sunflower, Tomatillos, Watermelon, Winter Squash, Yardlong Beans
Flowers to plant this month:
Balsam, Basil, Scarlet Runner Beans, Celosia, Cockscomb, Cosmos, Dahlia, Four O’clocks, Gaillardia, Gloriosa Daisy, Gourds, Hollyhocks, Kochia, Marigold, Nasturtium, Portulaca, Salvia, Shasta Daisy, Sunflower, Thunbergia, Vinca, Zinnia
What you can harvest this month (if you planted it):
Artichokes, Basil, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Dill, Endive, Fennel, Garlic, Kale, Lavender, Leeks, Lettuces, Mint, Mizuna, Onions, Oregano, Parsley, Parsnips, Peas, Radishes, Rutabaga, Sage, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Thyme, Turnips
Be on the lookout for Grapeleaf Skeletonizers!
These little caterpillars will decimate your grapevines. When you see the little black moths hanging around make sure to look at your leaves so you can crush the eggs and the caterpillars before they do too much damage.