Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in Your Garden April

Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in Your Garden April

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Planting

Annuals Sunset climate zones 7-9, 14-17: Shop for warm-season annuals; choose from celosia, coleus, cosmos, impatiens, Madagascar periwinkle (vinca), marigold, phlox, and sunflower. Zones 1-2: Wait until the soil warms and any chance of frost has passed before planting.

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Cherry tomatoes Zones 7-9, 14-17: Plant seedlings when soil temperatures have warmed to the 60s (mid- to late April). 'Sugar Snack', 'Sun Gold', 'SunSugar', 'Supersweet 100', and 'Sweet 100' are flavor favorites. Shop for seedlings at nurseries, or order seedlings of all varieties listed above except 'Supersweet 100' from the Natural Gardening Company (www.naturalgardening.com or 707/766-9303). Seeds of 'Supersweet 100' are available from John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds (www.kitchengardenseeds.com or 860/567-6086).

Citrus Zones 8-9, 14-17: After danger of frost has passed, plant citrus. Inland, choose varieties that can take cold nights; the Sacramento County UC Master Gardeners recommend 'Bearss' lime, 'Improved Meyer' lemon, satsuma mandarins, and 'Washington' navel and 'Valencia' oranges. Choose a site that gets full sun and has well-drained soil.

Permanent plants Zones 7-9, 14-17: Container-grown groundcovers, shrubs, and trees can be planted now. Dig planting holes the same depth as the rootballs and at least twice as wide. Unless your soil is extremely sandy, it's fine to set ornamentals such as these into native soil rather than adding soil amendments.

Seeds for containers Zones 7-9, 14-17: Four new seed collections from Renee's Garden are designed especially for sowing in pots now. Each collection comes with seeds of five compact varieties, along with tips on how to grow them. Choose from mixed herbs, vegetables, flowers, or a combo of edibles and ornamentals ($13; available exclusively online at www.reneesgarden. …

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