Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for April 2021 – MLT News

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Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for April 2021 – MLT News

It truly feels like spring outside. My forsythia is blooming (time to prune the roses!), and so are most of the cherries and plums. My apologies to those with allergies, but I love it!

Does anyone else feel like they’re growing a production farm of shotweed? I pull and pull, but it just keeps popping up in the garden. Shotweed, also known as hairy bittercress, spit weed, or wild cress, is one of the worst offenders at the Ballinger Organic Garden (BOG), and one of the reasons weeding is always on these monthly gardening task lists.  If you don’t pull it before it sets seeds, you’ll just keep weeding and weeding as the seed pods split open and send their seed flying like a shot in all directions. Some of the other BOG weeds, including mint and buttercup, spread by stems that root at the nodes (and mint sends out underground rhizomes), so while they are still important to pull in a timely manner, you don’t have the immediate explosion of seeds like with the shotweed. All of the above are why weeding is always on my monthly to do list!

The start of a new month means it’s time to start some greens. Lettuce, spinach, and radishes can all be direct sown in the veggie garden now. Peas can still be planted, but it’s a good idea to hurry.  If you have heavy pest
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