Today it was 20 degrees, my little fountain that I prematurely started made a beautiful ice sculpture. The Robin’s were in the trees singing “Baby it’s Cold Outside”, the wind was down right nasty but that is April here in Minnesota/North Dakota.
People are asking “What can I do to get in the garden?” Well, let’s not rush things too much, our last frost date is May 15th for zone 4. If your garden is dry you can start cleaning it up, gather all the leaves and let over plant materials if any and get them in the compost pile for goodies for this summer. If you haven’t yet, you might want to get your peppers, tomatoes, Cabbages, etc. started indoors, so they will be ready to go outside to start hardening of in a couple of weeks.
If you just have to be putting seeds in the ground, please wait another couple of weeks. You can plant radishes, onions, lettuce, spinach and even peas, but beware that there are lots of frost possibilities yet and the rabbits are looking for something green to eat too, and your sprouts may be just what they are looking for.
There are so many clean up chores to be done that I would work on those first. Clean out your bushes, shrubs and flower gardens. It is amazing how nice things look after a good spring cleaning. Get your lawn tools ready for use, put away the snow blower and get the mower out. Be careful about raking the lawn until it is good and dry, that is not a problem here this year as we had very little snow and not much precipitation yet. Get your windows washed so that you can see what your lawn and garden have to offer you. Clean out the shed and garage, get things spruced up and then we can get serious about planting.
Patience is a virtue.
Keep Those Finger Dirty!!