April gardening tips
Growing aromatic herbs
April 14, 2010
It's finally April and the harvest begins... but it's still time to sow and transplant.
Let's see April Top Gardening Tasks.
All mint varieties, balm and catnip can be harvested. Cutting regularly the tops will also help the tender and younger leaves.
Storing mint: drying
Storing mint: freezing
You can also harvest lemon grass, for many thai recipes.
The last radished sowed in winter are ready to be harvested.
Other April harvests: chamomille, rose, dandelion, loquats.
Sowing and transplanting
Basil can be sowed in April: just put the seeds in the wet soil, and transplant the plants when they will be big enought to be handled.
See also: Spring direct sowing
Continue to repot the chili plants. Repot also tomatoes, peppers, aubergines.
Take also care of the last year chili peppers.
If it's not too hot, you can still compost.
Seeds to sow in April
Direct: asparagus, aubergine, barilla plant, beans, beetroot, bell pepper, broad beans, cabbage, cardoon, carrot, celeriac, celery, chard, chickpeas, chicory, chili pepper, corn, courgette, cucumber, endive, escarole, french beans, head lettuce, kohlrabi, leek, lentils, lettuce, melon, mizuna, parsnip, peas, pumpkin, purple onion, radish, rocket, scorzanera, spinach, tomatillo, tomato, turnip, watermelon.
Protected: artichoke, broccoli, Bruxelles sprouts, okra.
Aromatic Herbs and Herbal Teas.
Direct: agrimony, alfalfa, anise, balm, basil, borage, calendula, caraway, catnip, chamomile, chives, chives garlic, coriander, cornflower, cress, dandelion, dill, fenugreek, flax, hyssop, lemon grass, licorice, lovage, marjoram, marsh mallow, milk thistle, mustard, nasturtium, oregano, parsley, pennyroyal, purslane, safflower, savory, sorrel, sweetclover, tansy, tarragon, welsh onion, wild fennel, wild garlic, yarrow.
Protected: sage, thyme.
Seasonal cooking for April
Seasonal Vegetables: Artichokes, asparagus, baby onions, broccoli rabe, broccolis, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chicory, endive, fennel, kale, leek, lettuce, onions, potatoes, radishes, rocket, savoy, spinach, Swiss chard, turnips.
Seasonal Fruits: Grapefruits, lemons, loquats, oranges, strawberries.
Two years ago:
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