If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Spring has sprung and things are beginning to grow like crazy. Weeds included. On the D&B Garden show this Saturday, April 9th, I will be talking to Matt Perkins about weed control and how weeds in your garden are able to give you some clues about what’s going on with your soil. A good tip for this time of year is to try to make an effort to stay on top of the weeds. If you don’t have time to pull them now, at least cut off the flower heads and toss them in the trash. Don’t toss them on the ground as they will continue to mature and form seed. Yikes! Who needs that?
On the 16th I’ll be visiting with Melinda Jean Stafford about bees, what we should be thinking about if we have a hive and what we need to know about swarming bees. This is the time of year when bees will swarm if their hive has gotten too large and some move to form a new hive. In case you miss the show, please know that swarms of bees are not dangerous and should definitely not be sprayed with insecticides. The bees will either move on or you can go to idabees.org and have a Treasure Valley Beekeeper come to collect the swarm. This website is loaded with great information about bees and if you’re looking for a beekeeper it will point you towards one in your area.
April is the month of Arbor Day and we’ll be talking to some local city foresters about trees and Arbor Day celebrations around our area on the 23rd. If you’ve been thinking about planting a new tree, we’ll discuss different types of trees that work well in SW Idaho, how to correctly plant trees and the best way to get your tree off to a good start.
We’ll end the month by visiting with Laura Blodgett about putting together a container or hanging basket for Mother’s Day which is the second Sunday in May. This show will give you time to get your container planted and growing before presenting it to that someone special.
Keep in mind our last average frost is May 10th. Our season seems to be quite early this year but if you are planting warm season vegetables now, make sure you are protecting them or are ready to protect them from late season frost. Or be prepared to replant if you’re caught unprepared. Pay attention to soil temperature when putting warm season vegetables in the ground too early as they may be stunted for the rest of the season. The soil can be warmed up by placing black plastic over the soil for several weeks before planting.
All cool season veggies can go into the ground or be planted now. Cool season veggies include things like, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, peas, radishes, carrots and beets. Ready, set, plant.
Oh, if April showers bring May flowers what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims… of course.