We always hope that April showers bring May flowers, but here in the Vail area, spring weather can be unpredictable. Those April showers could be snow showers, which can cause gardening and landscaping complications. While we don’t consider April to be the ideal month for planting new perennials or for sowing garden seeds outdoors, there are plenty of actions you should take in April to ensure bountiful vegetable and perennial gardens this summer. Here are a few key points to consider as you act now to ensure a productive summer season:
- April is the time to plan out vegetable gardens and to prepare a planting space by clearing the area and doing early-season weeding.
- Consider building raised garden beds if you haven’t already, as this garden design can help keep soil warmer and make a garden more accessible.
- April is also the time to begin seeding warm season vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and squashes indoors.
- Gather indoor seeding supplies now, such as seeds, trays, soil, and an organic fertilizer, and sow the seeds of your choice according to package directions.
- Landscape-wise: In April, take stock of your current landscape, and consider goals for the upcoming season.
- If you’re planning large-scale landscaping projects for the summer such as adding a rock garden, a fire pit, or a children’s play area, then begin working out a budget, and contact Colorado Alpines & Wildflower Farm for estimates and site evaluation.
- If you plan on adding new perennial plants, take time to research and create lists of perennials that interest you and will also grow well in your planting area’s aspect and location.
- As with vegetable gardens, April is the time to work on amending soil so that your area is ready to plant come summer.
- April is also a good time to move plants to new locations since they are usually smaller and just beginning their seasonal growing cycle.
- Finally, April is a great time to brush up on knowledge that can contribute to your ongoing gardening success. The bookshelves at Colorado Alpines & Wildflower Farm are stocked with gardening and landscaping classics as well as books that address specific concerns or highlight design trends. Come on in for advice and inspiration!
The current issue of Vail Valley Home magazine features an article by Colorado Alpines & Wildflower Farm owner Marty Jones titled “Garden Dreams: Get ready now for summer’s bounty and beauty.” The magazine is available at local newsstands, and you can also check it out from wherever you are at the Vail Valley Home magazine online portal: www.vvhmag.com.
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Colorado Alpines & Wildflower Farm in Edwards, CO, is a full-service landscape design company and garden center with a unique garden gift shop and year-round offerings including annual flowers, perennial flowers, garden supply products, and more.
Locally owned and operated since 1986, Colorado Alpines & Wildflower Farm offers landscaping services and garden supply for personal gardeners and professional landscapers alike in the Vail Valley, including the towns of Vail, Minturn, Eagle¬-Vail, Avon, Edwards, Wolcott, Eagle, Gypsum, and everywhere in between. If you have any gardening or landscaping questions, call us today at (970) 926-5504 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.