- Get ready to transplant cool season crops (onions, leeks, spinach, etc.) into your garden by hardening them off and moving them outside once daytime temperatures are reliably above 45 degrees F.
- Start your warm season crops (tomatoes, peppers, and cucurbits) indoors for transplanting in mid-June, once the threat of frost has passed.
- Build raised beds to reduce the amount of bending you need to do to maintain your garden.
- Plan for a healthy gardening season by making sure your tools are clean, sharp, and designed for a full season of comfortable use. Consider a 3- or 4-wheeled wheelbarrow to make hauling materials easier on your back. Be sure you have well-fitting gloves, sunscreen, and insect repellant that hasn’t expired, and a sun hat that keeps your face and neck in the shade.
- Finish up your spring pruning.
Best plants for our area are large variety of perennials such as creeping phlox, dianthus, creeping thyme, stonecrop, and violets, which make excellent ground covers.
For all season long color, interplant hardy perennials like:
- Bee balm
- Russian sage
- Butterfly weed
For Shady Gardens, try hosta coral bells, ferns, bleeding heart, Jacob’s Ladder, hellebore, foxglove, monkshood, spiderwort
Vegetables and herbs that should be planted from April to May include: Celery Chives Okra Onions Parsnips Those that should be planted from May to June include: bush and pole beans sweet corn, late cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, endive, leeks, peppers, pumpkin, rutabaga summer and winter squash, tomatoes.