April has been an extension of March, as stores remain closed and stay-at-home orders continue. Florida has been hunkered down, biding its time because of COVID-19 and the restrictions in place. But thankfully, life has not stopped. And I don’t believe anything can ever truly stop that.
If you step outside, it’s all around. Plants are growing, birds are singing, children are laughing. Life continues. And with it, so does hope. And peace. And love.
What’s Growing in April
In April, the warm-season crops continued to grow in the garden. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and string beans have taken center stage. The elderberry bush started to blossom for the first time with its tiny white flowers. I’m looking forward to what I can make with the elderberries. And my single pineapple plant has started to look… more pineapple-y. The jalapeños have been out of hand and I’m pretty sure there might be more jalapeños than leaves on one plant.
Here’s what was growing in April here in hardiness zone 9b:
Vegetables: Cucumbers, green beans, green onions, peppers, tomatoes, and onions.
Fruit: Blueberries, Key limes, Limequats, Meyers lemon, pineapple, raspberries, and strawberries.
Flowers: Cosmos, delphiniums, gardenias, Mexican heather, marigolds, mums, snapdragons, and roses.
Herbs: Chamomile, chives, cilantro, elderberry, parsley, and tulsi.
My little pineapple has been fruiting for about two months now. Pineapple typically takes 2 years to grow. I’m guessing he’ll be ready sometime this summer.
April Happenings and Shenanigans
April was a fairly slow month while everything began to grow and take off for the spring. A little blood meal and bone meal was added around the plants for nutrients. The tomato plants started to blossom along with some of the pepper plants.
If you’re interested in purchasing seeds, I recommend Botanical Interests. I ordered some in April and while it took a little bit longer for them to arrive, I still feel like the package came in a timely manner. They’re still by far my favorite seed company due to their diversification, reliability, and heirloom and organic seed options. And I’ll be trying my hand with melons next month. 🍉
I’d love to hear how you’re doing, whether it be about your garden or anything else you’re dealing with during this season. Comment below!
Stay Safe and Happy Gardening!