Florida Gardening in April

April gardening:

This month was a month of action in my gardening world. Everything I had organized and prepared happened. And I’m happy to say, it was not only a success, but took me to places I hadn’t anticipated and introduced me to life-long friends.

In this month, I initiated phase two for a school garden; held the first Mommy and Me Gardening Club meeting; on Earth day I became certified in permaculture design; accepted another kids garden design project where I’ll partner with a county park; I was featured as a guest writer on a fellow permaculturist’s blog: Agricrafty.com; and I’m creating a website for my business! The website is in the beginning stages as well as the business end of things, but it’s still very exciting! This blog is connected.

I haven’t been working too much in my own garden, but I did create an herb spiral and I’m designing a shade structure for my raised beds and a bench for my garden shed. I’m waiting for the rainy season and need to weed! But here is what you could have been planting:

What to plant in the vegetable garden:

  • corn
  • melons
  • basil
  • dill
  • oregano
  • chives
  • thyme
  • sweet marjoram
  • Chayote
  • calabaza squashes
  • southern peas
  • okras
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • dasheens
  • sweet potatoes
  • malangas

What is flowering:

My yard is filled with color this time of year! So many things are in bloom. Be sure to water. The rainy season isn’t quite here and the plants are getting a little more heat, which may stress them out.

  • Jamaican strawberry tree (I’m convinced this tree flowers most months! The bees love the little flowers.)
  • plumeria
  • lantana
  • oleander
  • periwinkle
  • perennial peanut
  • jasmine
  • bouganvallia
  • coral bean
  • phalaenopsis
  • desert rose
  • marigolds

References:

Maccubbin, Tom. Month-By-Month Gardening Florida: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year. Minneapolis, MN: Cool Springs Press, 2014.

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