Show Notes of Gardening the Hudson Valley Podcast Ep. 015 (April 8, 2015)
The weather continues to frustrate gardeners, the plants are already out in garden centers. I even received my first box of test plants today – plants sent to garden writers to grow out in their own yards and with hope, write about how well they do.
Resist the urge to get too much planted until the cold chilly winds have blown away. If your ground is not soggy, you can give peas a try. The worst that could happen is you’ll have to reseed in a few weeks, if nothing germinates. This year inoculant looks like a good idea.
Pea and bean inoculant is a powder that contains millions of rhizobia, soil microorganisms, that have a symbiotic relationship with legumes and are thought to give the plants a boost when the seed is planted in cool, damp soil.
For other hardy spring seeds, wait until the forsythia and daffodils burst into bloom. Then it’s Okay to sow things like spinach and lettuce, poppies and nigella. But keep your seedlings coddled indoors until the lilacs start their show.
Unless there is a dramatic change in April’s weather, we should hold off planting any tender annuals, whether seed or seedling. Use the time to finish winter cleanup and pruning, dividing perennials, and maybe even making a few impulse perennial buys at the garden center.
Hang in there, the warm weather has got to arrive one of these days. If you can’t get out into your garden just yet, you can get the next best thing and attend a garden class.
❧ The Columbia-Greene Master Gardeners will be hosting their annual Garden Day this Saturday, April 11th, at Columbia-Greene Community College.
❧ A week later, the Ulster County Master Gardeners will present their hugely popular Garden Day on Saturday, April 18th, at SUNY Ulster, with a keynote by hugely popular Margaret Roach.
❧ The Albany Master Gardeners are waiting until spring has sprung, with their Garden Day on Saturday, May 17th. I’ll have links to them all on the website.
I, for one, cannot wait until I start seeing the trees leaf out and the grass turning green. I check for signs every day. But right now, I thank you so much for listening today and I hope you will join me here again next week and on the web site at www.gardeningthehudsonvalley.com, for more gardening tips from the most beautiful place on earth.