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As we move through the month of April, we’re still having to contend with plenty of pollen from trees, weeds and grass. Keep pollen off the carport with the leaf blower and rinse it off the vehicles everyday. Wipe it from the windshields and from around the door panels and dashboard. Rinse pollen from the vehicles each day.
An April shower has the power to wash dusty pollen from the trees and also keep it out of our nostrils to make room in our nose for that unmistakable aroma that only an April shower can bring, even though they are more rare than they use to be, for reasons unknown. When there is a gentle breeze some of the shower blows onto your face for a refreshing experience.
The puddles of water on the driveway now become “yellow” from pollen of newly forming leaves, and they look refreshed and so do I as I sip a Mountain Dew and enjoy the gentle shower on a spring afternoon. Never take for granted the simple treasures in our midst.
Dogwood winter is that short period when dogwoods fade and begin to lose the petals and cover the lawn and forest floor with white petals. It will last until their tiny leaves begin to show up. We can still have the possibility of frost throughout the fickle month of April.
Quick-growing spring greens
Spring greens that will sprout and grow quickly in the cool April soil. You can expect a harvest in 50 to 55 days and quickly succeed it with a warm weather vegetable crop.
The greens of early spring are sweet and tender. You can choose a mixture of curly mustard, broad leaf, tender green, kale or turnip. The seed store or hardware will mix the seed in any ratio you desire as you purchase them by the ounce. Two ounces of seed will easily plant a 50-foot row of greens.
Sow the tiny seed in a furrow about two to three inches deep. Cover the seed with a layer of peat moss and an application of Plant Tone organic vegetable food. Hill up soil on both sides of the furrow and tamp down with a hoe blade.
As the greens sprout and grow, continue to hill up soil on each side of the row and side dress with organic plant food every 20 days. Continually harvest until weather gets warm.
A good start for roses
Mid-April is the ideal time to get the roses off to a great start. Roses already have tiny leaves and are ready for some food, so give them a good helping in the form of Rose Tone organic rose food for a boost of energy and nutrients. Note that we referred to food, not chemicals or quick fixes. Roses, flowers, plants, and vegetables need food not chemicals and pellets that are dry and difficult to absorb into the soil and through the root systems.
Apply a layer of Black Kow composted cow manure around the base of rose bushes to get roses off to a good start and a long season of blooms along with an application of Rose Tone once a month.
Of all the varieties of roses the “knock-out” is one of the best. I love them because they don’t grow tall or produce long canes and they are easy to trim and maintain. They produce blooms over a long season.
You can always distinguish a knock-out rose by its light green container and the finely textured medium it comes packed in. A knock-out rose is a long-term investment in color and beauty and does not require as much growing space as many other varieties.
Finally, give your rose bushes a shot of magic to promote plenty of colorful blooms with a couple of handfuls of Epsom salts around the base of the bushes. Stir it into the soil and repeat this once a month for beautiful roses all summer long.
Organic plant foods are proven
Plants, flowers and vegetables as well as flower bulbs will quickly respond to foods and nutrients and contents of organic materials. Plant Tone, Holly Tone, and Bio Tone have been produced by the Espoma company for more than 130 years. They are totally organic vegetable, flower and plant foods sold with a money-back guarantee. You can buy these products at most nurseries, hardwares and garden shops in three- or ten-pound bags.
This food produces results over a long growing season. Its fine texture causes quick response for all growing flowers and vegetables and quickly absorbs into the soil. It comes in a resealable bag which makes it easy to handle and apply. You can also purchase Tomato Tone and Holly Tone evergreen food that are also totally organic.
Keep these handy
Two magic elixirs for every garden are peat moss and Black Kow composted cow manure. A handful of peat moss spread before sowing seed or setting out plants and handfuls of Black Kowsprinkled on seed before covering with soil will jump-start any vegetable or plant in The Garden Plot.
Tangy Lemon Chess Pie
This is a easy recipe to prepare and the family will enjoy it on a spring evening.
2 cups sugar
1 Tbs. plain flour
1 Tbs. cornmeal
4 eggs, unbeaten
¼cup butter or margarine, melted
¼ cup milk
4 tsp. grated lemon rind
½ cup lemon juice
1 nine-inch deep dish pie shell, chilled
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine sugar, flour and corn meal in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. Pour in to unbaked pie shell. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until firm.
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