April has been warming up quick here in Florida!
What’s Growing in April
Blueberries were definitely the prized harvest this month.
The strawberry plants continued to produce fruit, but the amount has tapered back compared to March.
The tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant were transplanted (finally) this month. They probably could have (and should have) been transplanted last month. Cucumbers were also transplanted this month.
A decent amount of cool season crops are still growing in the garden as well.
Here’s what was growing in April here in hardiness zone 9b:
Vegetables: Peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, beets, green onions, sugar snap peas, swiss chard, celery, and kale.
Fruit: Limequats, Meyers lemons, Key limes, pineapple, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.
Flowers: Mums, Mexican heather, marigolds, celosia, snapdragons, and roses.
Herbs: Basil, Calendula, chives, feverfew, elderberry, ginger, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, oregano, sage.
April Happenings and Shenanigans
This month the garden was cleaned up a bit more. Weeding between the pavers, and more of the EZ Straw ground covering was added to the raised garden beds.
Marigolds and celosia were also purchased and planted in between the Mexican heather. After these final flowers were added for the spring season a layer of mulch was also added around the raised beds.
I purchased a new shade cloth this month. This 25-foot cloth was cut in half and each half is now covering each of my 4’x8′ raised garden beds. I’m a huge fan of shade cloths here in Florida, and I talk about using shade cloths in the garden in another post. Also called garden fabric and row covers, shade cloths are a great way to help your plants during extra warm seasons. I use these shade cloths from April through October when the days are longer and hotter. Once daylight starts to get shorter your plants can use all the sun they can get.
After planting the remainder of my warm season crops for this month I added another layer of EZ-Straw. I started using this product back in February and I love it so far as a ground cover. I’m still working with the same bag I purchased in February since a little goes a long way. It’s supposed to keep the ground cooler and allow the soil to retain it’s moisture for longer, while also controlling weeds naturally.
Seed Starter Tray
Remember those tomatoes and peppers I should have transplanted last month? Yeah, well those were growing in the Pro-Hex Professional Seed Starting Tray that I got in February. I’m really happy with how this tray worked for growing my vegetable seeds as well as my flower seeds. Half of it was used for flowers and the other half for vegetables. I was able to easily push the soil/root ball up from the bottom of each cell which had a slit to allow you to push the plant up (instead of pulling on the stem which is a big no-no).
Even the cucumber plants transplanted well. I typically avoid transplanting cucumbers because their roots are more sensitive, but this tray didn’t cause any shock to the roots.
How’d your garden do this month? Comment below!