April Planting Tips

According to an article by Extension Horticulturalists Wayne J. McLaurin, Darbie Granburry and W.O. Chance from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service, April is the month for planting frost tender crops such as snap, pole and lima beans, cantaloupe, sweet corn cucumbers, egg plant, okra, field peas, peppers, squash tomatoes, tender herbs and watermelon.


Planting TipsTall growing crops such as okra, pole beans and corn should be planted on the north side of other vegetables to avoid shading , while corn should be planted in two or more rows for better pollination. Soil should be cultivated to control weeds and grass and to provide aeration. Mulch should be maintained between rows. It is also advised not to work in the garden when foliage is wet to avoid spreading disease from one plant to another.


If you don’t have space to grow where you live and your green thumb is itching, community gardens abound in the metro area. Not only do they provide a place to grow your own food and save money on your grocery bill, they also are a place to cultivate new friendships. By participating in programs like Atlanta Food Banks “Plant a Row for the Hungry” or donating a portion of their harvest to local food banks, community gardens provide much needed fresh produce to the less fortunate.


If you want to get involved, the Hometown Harvest Garden in Tucker has opportunities available. Call 770 493-3003 for information. An Internet search of community gardens is also a good starting point to find out more.


-Dean Hesse

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