April 2022 Garden Update

Welcome to the April 2022 garden update! Temperatures are starting to warm up. Warm-season plants are thriving (for the most part) and the remaining cool-season plants are starting to get harvested.

April 2022 Garden Update

April 2022 Gratitude

I like to look back every month and take a moment to reflect on what I’m thankful for. I encourage you to join me in taking a moment to reflect on a few things that you’re thankful for as well. 🙏

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust

Shasta Daisies

This month I’m thankful for friendships, both old and new. Every person I’ve ever connected with has touched my heart in some way and helped me grow on this journey we call life. 💗

I’m thankful for outdoor adventures as well as quiet moments chatting away at coffee shops. I am thankful for moments of solitude where I get to connect with myself. And I am thankful for moments of connection with others.

And I’m thankful for all the little things. A word of encouragement, a belly laugh, a good book, and an upbeat song.

April 2022 Garden Update

This month the herb garden bed continued to do well. The strawberry plants are growing and starting to create offshoots. The dill plant started to bolt, so next month I plan to plant some chives in its place.

April 2022 Herb Raised Garden Bed

I’m really excited about the strawberry plants growing. Everything has been looking healthy.

Strawberry Plant

The vegetable garden bed has a mix of cool-season and warm-season plants. We’ve got celery, collard greens, peppers, cabbage, and eggplant. I’m sure by the end of next month the cool season plants will all be harvested.

April 2022 Vegetable Raised Garden Bed

I started harvesting my cabbage this month and it looks great!

The one unfortunate thing to happen this month was that a tomato thief found my tomatoes. I only got to harvest one tomato before my 3 tomato plants were found out. And I’m pretty sure it was a larger critter since the leaves were untouched.

Cabbage Growing

I also got some tips this month from a fellow gardener who explained how to root rose cuttings. I’m trying to propagate my yellow blushing rose since I love it so much. I’m not sure what the actual variety is, but I originally got it at a nursery. I’ve had it for about 5 years. I’m excited to see what takes! I’ve got 16 cuttings.

Rose Cuttings

And the pineapple is starting to look more like a pineapple! Hopefully the tomato thief doesn’t find it… in the pot right next to the tomatoes. 😳

What’s Growing?

Here’s the breakdown of what was growing in April 2022 in hardiness zone 9b:

Pineapple Plant Growing

Vegetables: banana peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, celery, collard greens, eggplant, and tomatoes.

Fruit: honey tangerines, Key Lime, limequat, Meyers lemon, Persian lime, pineapple, and strawberries.

Flowers: cosmos, gardenias, marigolds, Mexican heather, plumerias, and Shasta daisies.

Herbs & Spices: borage, dill, chives, oregano, lavender, lemon thyme, parsley, and sage.

Tomatoes

I’d love to hear what you grew in April! Comment below. 😊

Wherever you are in the world, I wish you health and happiness. ❤️

And if you’re located in Florida, check out the May Planting Guide.

Until next time, Happy Gardening!

4 Comments

  1. Hi Candice! Those rose cuttings look promising. And speaking of being thankful, I am SO grateful you told me to give my broccoli more time because sure enough, some of them were ready to eat in just a few more days!
    Can you share the name of the variety of strawberries that you are growing?
    Thanks ~
    Susie

    • Thank you so much for the rose tips, Susie! And I’m so glad you gave your broccoli enough time!

      I’m growing 6 varieties right now – Ozark, Quinault, Berri Basket (pink flowers), pineberries (white strawberries), Rainbow Treasure, and an heirloom everbearing variety that the original owner didn’t know the specific type.

  2. Oh man about the tomatoes! I guess ‘someone’ had a nice little feast.

    I missed starting anything for spring/summer, other than trying some beans and okra. So far they seem to be doing okay (it’s been about a month or less).

    I’m really excited to start some things for fall in a couple of months. I’ve only got a little way to go in your course. 🙂

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