Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

April, 2004
Regional Report

Plant Spuds

Purchase certified disease-free seed potatoes and plant them whole or cut them into smaller pieces. Each piece should have at least two eyes. Plant them about 4 inches deep with the buds facing up. Mound additional soil around the plants as they grow, or add straw or other mulching material to conserve soil moisture.

Move Fuchsias Outdoors

The danger of frost has passed, so it's time to move overwintered fuchsias and geraniums back outdoors. Trim the plants back by as much as half, feed them, and repot if necessary; then water them well and place them in a protected spot in the garden.

Clean Garden Tools

Gardeners are only as good as the tools they use. Clean, sharpen, and repair all tools now so you won't waste time during the growing season. Also, change the oil in mowers and sharpen their blades. Dull mower blades cut the grass coarsely and make it more susceptible to diseases.

Design for Color

Think about colors when designing your flower garden. Complementary colors (violet and yellow, blue and orange, red and green) intensify each other. Plant neutral or subdued hues between brilliant colors to prevent clashes and make the brighter colors more prominent.

Plant Summer Bulbs

April is the month to plant summer-flowering bulbs, rhizomes, and tubers, such as gladiolas, lilies, begonias, and cannas. Mix bulb fertilizer, composted manure, or peat moss into the planting holes to give your bulbs a boost. Keep the soil well watered after planting.


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