A few more days of dogwood winter – The Stokes News


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Even though the last frost date of April 15 is long past, there is still a possibility of late frost on into early May. The remnants of dogwood winter are lingering around as the dogwoods shed their petals on the woodland and lawn floor and develop tiny green leaves to replace the blooms.
The last nights of the month of April will be cool and also the first ten days of May will likely feature some cool nights. The soil is not warm enough for sowing warm weather vegetable seed or transplanting plants. For more dependable and sure results on warm weather vegetables, wait until the middle of May when soil is warmer. Then seeds will quickly sprout and plants will rapidly respond.
Kicking off green beans
The cool weather should not hinder sowing a row or two of green beans such as Top Crop or Strike. These both are string less, tender and produce two harvests when cleanly picked. Start a row or bed this week and another bed or two in two weeks. Wait until the middle of the month of May to sow the bulk of the green beans to harvest in 60 to 70 days.
Sow green beans in a furrow about three or four inches deep. Apply a layer of peat moss in the bottom of the furrow, sow seed, apply another layer of peat moss and a layer of “Black Kow” composted and apply an application of Plant Tone organic vegetable food and hill up soil on each side of the furrow and tamp down. After they sprout, apply more Plant Tone every 15 days.
Enjoy a ‘Full pink moon’
Tomorrow night a “full pink moon” can be enjoyed after sunset. It may actually look pink as it rises after the sun sets in the west. Enjoy the moon each night during the week as it rises a little bit later each night.
Asparagus fern for spring beauty
As containers of spring and summer annuals are displayed in garden shops, pick up a container of asparagus fern and buy a larger container and a bag of potting medium to replant it in. When you transplant the fern it will quickly grow. By summers end, you can move it to a sunny spot in the living room where it can thrive all winter if you give it a drink of water each week and feed it with Flower Tone organic flower food.
Investing in a water wand
A water wand is a great start toward conserving water by placing water only where it is needed without wasting it. A good water wand has six settings from “stream shower,” “spray,” “pour”, and other modes and cost around $12. A helpful tip about a water wand is to never leave the wand attached when pulling the hose from one location to another because you may damage the spring on the wand.
A colorful container of coleus
The first container of summer annuals to start the warm weather flower season should be a container of coleus, which are available in six, four and nine packs. As the coleus begins to produce lavender blooms, pinch them off to produce an abundance of foliage.
Starting Early Girl tomatoes
It is worth a gamble to set out several Early Girl tomato plants to attempt an early harvest. The Early Girl meets conditions because it has a 60-65 harvest date from transplanting in The Garden Plot. The effort will be worth it if you can coax a harvest from Early Girls by the end of the month of June. They will need a little extra attention and care plus maybe covering on cool nights, but tomatoes and a harvest in late June of fresh tomato’s is worth extra effort.
Keep hummingbird feeders filled
With April drawing near to an end, more and more hummers are making their way to the feeders. Fill the feeders half full of nectar several times each week and check on how much they are consuming. You can purchase nectar, ready made in two quart jugs or in powdered packets that can be mixed with water. You can also prepare your own nectar with a half and half mixture of sugar and water and maybe twice as much water as sugar with a few drops of red food coloring.
Save those mesh bags
The three-pound mesh bags that onions and oranges come in at supermarkets are great pest control instruments for The Garden Plot during the growing season. You can use them from keeping rabbits from eating green beans and foliage. Just take a fragrant bar of soap such as Dial and shave it into small chips. Fill the bag and hang it near the green beans. Rabbits defiantly do not like the smell of soap; maybe they associate the smell of soap with humans! When green beans are blooming, you can fill a bag with some moth balls to keep nasty groundhogs at a distance.
Building a sturdy bird nest
How does a bird know how to build a bird nest? They instinctively know how to construct a nest and how to discern what materials to use. I saw a robin earlier in the season with a piece of chewing gum wrapper in her beak. This seems like an odd building material, but somehow she visions it in the construction of her nest. Like all God’s creation, they are wonderfully made.
The bluebirds are making a comeback and you can invite them to your own backyard, lawn, or garden by placing a bluebird house a distance away from your home or garden. Bluebirds do not like to be to close to people, but a birdhouse properly placed will draw them close enough for plenty of bluebird watching.
Brown Sugar Cake
To make this cake do not preheat the oven.
1 one lb. box dark brown sugar
1 cup sugar
3 sticks butter or margarine
5 large eggs
3 cups plain flour
½ tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
1 Tbs. vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
Cream dark brown sugar, sugar, and margarine together. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and baking powder. Mix in milk and vanilla. Mix all ingredients well and fold in the mixed pecans. Bake in a well-greased and floured tube pan for an hour and ten minutes at 325 degrees. Cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan.
Hoe hoe hoedown
The Sunday school teacher started the day’s lesson with a question, “Boys and girls what do you know about God?” A boy’s hand shot up. “I know, I know, God is an artist,” said the boy.” “And how do you know that?” asked his puzzled teacher. The little boy replied, “You know … Our Father who does art in heaven.”

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