All Posts   Posted:   April 3, 2018 by Nicole Forbes

Welcome to the first full month of spring! Warmer days, but we can still have cool, even frosty, nights (average last frost date for Willamette Valley is April 15th). Not yet time for tomatoes, but there’s a lot you can enjoy during this month.

FOR FRESH COLOR

Lots of cool-season annuals can be planted this month, especially the second half. Sow seeds for sweet peas and nasturtiums now, wait to plant sunflowers until May. Replenish your containers this month also, doing it now will mean full beautiful pots this spring and summer. If you are in a rush or don’t want to make your own just stop into one of our garden centers and grab one of our pre-planted containers to drop into one of your empty decorative pots at home or just enjoy on your front porch or patio. Fertilize spring bulbs again after flowering, remove seed heads as they form but allow foliage to turn yellow and die-back naturally.

  • For seeds and starts, use Gardener’s Gold or Eden Valley potting soil and get some Sluggo slug control
  • For bulbs & containers, use G&B Paradise or All-purpose fertilizer

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE

Our lawns are recovering from winter, so they will appreciate a feeding this month. If you have moss in your lawn, treat it now and apply lime if you haven’t done so already. It’s a good month to over-seed to fill in bare spots or thicken up a lawn that may be too thin. If you use a weed and feed, this is the month it will be most effective.

  • G&B Natural Lawn Food, Moss Out for Lawns, Super Sweet Dolomite Lime, grass seed for sun/part-shade, Black Forest Compost for seed cover.

Roses, perennials, trees and shrubs - including established plantings, can be fertilized this month.

  • G & B All-Purpose fertilizer or Paradise blend—this will not only feed your plants but improve the soil they live in with beneficial microbes and fungi.

Begin watching Rhododendrons & Azaleas towards the end of the month for signs of Lace bug hatching &/or damage. If notice you notice small white molts or dark brown tarlike excrement on the underside of leaves, come discuss treatment options with one of our garden center experts.

Plant a tree to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) & Arbor Day (April 27th).

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN

Don’t forget garden seeds. We carry a great selection, and it’s a way to stretch your gardening budget. Our staff will gladly help you select and show you how to start your plants from seeds. We’ll tell you what to sow directly in the ground, and what seeds you can start indoors. Plant your salad garden this month. This includes: greens, radishes, carrots, herbs, potatoes, beets. It’s also time for broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage; sow seeds or plant starts in 2-3 week intervals for a staggered harvest. Wait until May for warm season veggies like tomatoes and peppers-it’s still too cool for plants that like warm nights!

  • Seed Starting Mix, Seed starting trays, Bu’s Brew Compost Tea, G & B liquid fertilizer, seed packets
  • Protect your tender new shoots from slugs with Sluggo or Sluggo Plus.
  • Use a floating row cover or Harvest Gaurd to protect from insects as well as light frost protection.

IN THE GARDEN SHED

 Monitor the early growth on roses and fruit trees for signs of disease or insect problems. Never run out of Sluggo. Check on overwintered fuchsias & other tender plants in storage; slowly bring them out from protection as weather warms. Keep cloches, cold-frames burlap & frost blankets handy for late freezes and young plant protection.

BASIC PRUNING LIST

 Prune early spring flowering shrubs after flowers fade. Tip them back to control size and remove some of the oldest canes at the base of the plant. If you haven’t pruned your roses…do it now! (Ex. Forsythia, flowering quince, Ribes/flowering currant).

FOR FUN

Does your garden still have a lot of moss growing? Make the most of it by harvesting the best sheets of lush green moss and make some kokedama/string gardens. Sign up for one of our workshops or watch our garden expert Nicole Forbes walk you through how to make your own kokedama moss balls!

  • Bonsai soil, peat moss, Bentonite clay, green moss, sphagnum moss, string or jute twine, suitable plants for dry shade, & hooks to hang from.

Welcome to the first full month of spring! Warmer days, but we can still have cool, even frosty, nights (average last frost date for Willamette Valley is April 15th). Not yet time for tomatoes, but there’s a lot you can enjoy during this month.

FOR FRESH COLOR

Lots of cool-season annuals can be planted this month, especially the second half. Sow seeds for sweet peas and nasturtiums now, wait to plant sunflowers until May. Replenish your containers this month also, doing it now will mean full beautiful pots this spring and summer. If you are in a rush or don’t want to make your own just stop into one of our garden centers and grab one of our pre-planted containers to drop into one of your empty decorative pots at home or just enjoy on your front porch or patio. Fertilize spring bulbs again after flowering, remove seed heads as they form but allow foliage to turn yellow and die-back naturally.

  • For seeds and starts, use Gardener’s Gold or Eden Valley potting soil and get some Sluggo slug control
  • For bulbs & containers, use G&B Paradise or All-purpose fertilizer

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE

Our lawns are recovering from winter, so they will appreciate a feeding this month. If you have moss in your lawn, treat it now and apply lime if you haven’t done so already. It’s a good month to over-seed to fill in bare spots or thicken up a lawn that may be too thin. If you use a weed and feed, this is the month it will be most effective.

  • G&B Natural Lawn Food, Moss Out for Lawns, Super Sweet Dolomite Lime, grass seed for sun/part-shade, Black Forest Compost for seed cover.

Roses, perennials, trees and shrubs - including established plantings, can be fertilized this month.

  • G & B All-Purpose fertilizer or Paradise blend—this will not only feed your plants but improve the soil they live in with beneficial microbes and fungi.

Begin watching Rhododendrons & Azaleas towards the end of the month for signs of Lace bug hatching &/or damage. If notice you notice small white molts or dark brown tarlike excrement on the underside of leaves, come discuss treatment options with one of our garden center experts.

Plant a tree to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) & Arbor Day (April 27th).

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN

Don’t forget garden seeds. We carry a great selection, and it’s a way to stretch your gardening budget. Our staff will gladly help you select and show you how to start your plants from seeds. We’ll tell you what to sow directly in the ground, and what seeds you can start indoors. Plant your salad garden this month. This includes: greens, radishes, carrots, herbs, potatoes, beets. It’s also time for broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage; sow seeds or plant starts in 2-3 week intervals for a staggered harvest. Wait until May for warm season veggies like tomatoes and peppers-it’s still too cool for plants that like warm nights!

  • Seed Starting Mix, Seed starting trays, Bu’s Brew Compost Tea, G & B liquid fertilizer, seed packets
  • Protect your tender new shoots from slugs with Sluggo or Sluggo Plus.
  • Use a floating row cover or Harvest Gaurd to protect from insects as well as light frost protection.

IN THE GARDEN SHED

 Monitor the early growth on roses and fruit trees for signs of disease or insect problems. Never run out of Sluggo. Check on overwintered fuchsias & other tender plants in storage; slowly bring them out from protection as weather warms. Keep cloches, cold-frames burlap & frost blankets handy for late freezes and young plant protection.

BASIC PRUNING LIST

 Prune early spring flowering shrubs after flowers fade. Tip them back to control size and remove some of the oldest canes at the base of the plant. If you haven’t pruned your roses…do it now! (Ex. Forsythia, flowering quince, Ribes/flowering currant).

FOR FUN

Does your garden still have a lot of moss growing? Make the most of it by harvesting the best sheets of lush green moss and make some kokedama/string gardens. Sign up for one of our workshops or watch our garden expert Nicole Forbes walk you through how to make your own kokedama moss balls!

  • Bonsai soil, peat moss, Bentonite clay, green moss, sphagnum moss, string or jute twine, suitable plants for dry shade, & hooks to hang from.