“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” — May Sarton

April has arrived, and the outdoor gardening season has officially begun for me. There’s lots to do this time of year so I’m referring back to my planned tasks to make sure I don’t miss anything. There are some vegetables that I really enjoy, but they need cool weather to truly prosper.

Weather permitting, start planting your cool-weather vegetable crops such as lettuce, spinach, onion sets, beets, carrots, and peas. I’m going to make my own seed tape for the carrots as I really do not like thinning them. It’s hard for me to pull up those baby plants that worked so hard to sprout and grow. By creating a seed tape, I can properly space the seeds and then hopefully not have to thin them. I don’t plant a lot of carrots so creating a seed tape is definitely a doable project. It would be more difficult to create a seed tape for a planting of carrots on a large scale. If you’re interested in creating seed tapes, it’s pretty simple. Use streamers or toilet paper to properly space