Pacific Northwest Gardening – Things To Do In April In The Northwest

Pacific Northwest Gardening – Things To Do In April In The Northwest

April showers bring May flowers, but April is also the
perfect time to get the vegetable
garden
established as well as other April gardening tasks for the Pacific
Northwest gardener.

April in the Northwest region may be fraught with rain and
temperatures that fluctuate but with the assistance of some cloches or low
tunnels, the veggie garden is foremost on a gardening to-do list. This isn’t
the only chore in need of being done, however.

Northwest Gardening in April

April in the Northwest brings with it warmer temperatures,
albeit for many regions lots of rain. For the diehard gardener, a little rain
isn’t an issue and April gardening tasks wait for no man, or woman.

If you’re new to gardening, you might be wondering exactly
what April gardening tasks for the Pacific Northwest should be tackled. No need
to worry, we’re here to help with that.

Veggie Gardening To-Do List for Northwest

If you didn’t already do so in March, till under any cover
crops you’ve planted. If you didn’t use cover crops, amend the soil with plenty
of aged compost and mix into the soil well.

If you were going to start
veggies from seed
, hopefully you’ve already done so indoors and have the
seedlings under lights. If you haven’t started seeds indoors yet, it’s time to
start cracking or plan on purchasing starts from the nursery. There are some
seeds that can be directly sown outdoors at this time, especially if you are
using a low tunnel or cloche to protect the babies at night.

Broccoli,
brussels
sprouts
, cabbage,
cauliflower,
and kohlrabi
can be direct sown in April. That said, snails
and slugs
abound in some regions of the Pacific Northwest, and they like these crops as
much as you do, which means they will often eat up emerging seedlings. In this
case, it is better to transplant larger plants mid-April to May.

Members of the nightshade
family
like temperatures a bit warmer, but they should be started by April
and ready to be transplanted in May when things warm up.

Direct sow salad greens, Asian greens, Swiss
chard
, and most herbs during the month of April. The exception to the herbs
is basil,
which should be started in doors and ready for transplant mid-May. April is the
time to direct sow peas
and fava
beans
as well.

Tender cucurbits such as cucumber,
summer
squash
, and winter
squash
should be sown indoors for transplant when temperatures warm in May.

All the root crops can be direct sown in April, just be sure
to rake the soil until it is light and fluffy without impediments.

Asparagus
and rhubarb
crowns, horseradish
and potatoes
can all be planted now.

Additional Gardening Tasks for the Pacific Northwest

April’s gardening chores don’t stop with establishing the
veggie garden. Now is the time to divide
perennials
and plant bare root fruit trees, berries, and vines.

Alkaline loving plants such as lilac,
mock
orange
, deutzia
and daphne
need a shot of lime at this time. Just sprinkle garden lime in a circle around
the base of these plants. If you want to change the color of your mophead
hydrangeas from blue to pink
, now is the time to apply lime to adjust the
soil pH.

April is also the time to adjust the pH of your lawn if need
be. A soil
test
will help you to determine if the lawn needs an adjustment.

Now is also the perfect time to give the garden a little
color by planting annuals such as:

Because slugs and snails can decimate both newly emerging
seedlings and tender transplants, take a proactive approach by setting beer
baits or sprinkling diatomaceous
earth
around the delicate plants.

Lastly, with the onset of plentiful moisture and warmer
temperatures. come weeds. A perennial chore in most landscapes, April is the
time to get at them before they get out of hand and overtake the garden you’ve
just been working so hard on. 

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