Ag April 2023
April 2023 EditionAgriculture & Natural Resources
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Gardening Tips for April
These tips are provided by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. They can be found at:
**Start seeds of warm-season plants (including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, marigolds, zinnias, and petunias) indoors for transplanting later to the garden.
**Harden off transplants started earlier in spring before planting outdoors. Gradually expose the young plants to outdoor
conditions of wind, brighter sunlight, and lower moisture.
**Complete pruning chores. Remove dead and injured branches first.
**Plant seeds of cool-season crops directly in the garden as soon as the soil dries enough to be worked. When squeezed, soil should crumble instead of forming a ball. Cool-season crops that can be direct-seeded include peas, lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips and Swiss chard.
**Get your copy of our Fruit Spray
schedule. You can call our office to get a copy of it, or you can search “ID 21 UKY” in an internet search engine to download a copy of it. It tells you what and when to spray and what you are spraying for.
**Allow the foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to remain in place after blooms fade. Leaves manufacture the food reserves, which are then stored in the bulb for a
repeat showing next year.
**Plant or transplant strawberries, raspberries, and other small fruit.