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April 2 -- April 8
 
1.
Cymbidium orchids are in bloom. Enjoy their delicate beauty in your garden or containers. They aren't much more difficult to grow than most garden shrubs.
 
2.
If the danger of frost is gone in your area of the state, you can plant fuchsias, pelargoniums and geraniums.
 
3.
Garden peas, snap peas and snow peas are easy to grow and a delight for the cook to use in all sorts of dishes. Put some in your vegetable garden.
 
4.
Brighten up flower beds this month with all sorts of annuals and perennials. Spring is here!
 
5.
If you haven't any room in your garden for  vegetables, consider containers for anything from radishes to tomatoes, eggplant to green peppers and more!
 
6.
Garden color can be displayed in many ways throughout the garden. The planter can be tiered from small to large bowls and attractively displays the plants to become one of the focal points of your garden.
 
7.
Consider optional ways of container gardening this spring and summer to add that finishing touch to the garden.
 
April 9 -- April 15
 
1.
When planting flowering plants, select pleasing combinations --yellow marguerites and blue felicias , white stocks with pink snaps and dwarf phlox in the foreground, oriental poppies with Shasta daisies, white campanula with blue lobelia.
 
2.
Feed established roses to increase the quantity and quality of bloom.
 
3.
For garden dry spots, plant some drought resistant but attractive shrubs such as crape myrtle, oleander, wild lilac and rosemary.
 
4.
If you have a container garden of flowers, be sure to watch their watering needs as they tend to dry out faster than those in the ground.
 
5.
For those sunny, hot locations in your garden, consider geraniums which bloom in pink, rose, scarlet, white and more.
April 16 -- April  22
 
1.
If you have a warm sunny corner in your garden that's bare, consider planting a gardenia shrub or two. Their lovely, fragrant white flowers add their scent to the garden and indoors when cut to fill vases.
 
2.
Mulching in flowerbeds around shrubs and annuals and in the vegetable garden will help conserve soil moisture and reduce the weeds.
 
3.
Color up the garden with petunias. Plant them in flower beds, hanging baskets, other containers or as a border. Colors range from crisp white, pink to red and the dark blues to violet purple.
 
4.
Deciduous flowering shrubs and trees can be pruned right after they finish blooming.
 
5.
Deciduous flowering shrubs and trees can be pruned right after they finish blooming.
 
6.
When your camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons stop blooming, it's time to start feeding them with acid fertilizer.
 
April 23 -- April  29
 
1.
A few gardening chores for April include feeding your lawn, dividing primroses when they've stopped blooming and pruning flowers, shrubs and trees.
 
2.
For a charming annual vine to hide an unattractive fence, to give privacy to a porch or to provide shade, check into morning glories, sweet peas, nasturtiums or black eyed susan vines.
 
3.
Herbs are excellent container crops-- clay pots, window boxes, hanging baskets, strawberry jars or whatever else you find.
 
4.
Keep an eye out for lawn moth damage. See your nurseryman for an effective control.
 
5.
Keep after those garden varmints with the correct controls. Snails, slugs, earwigs and aphids are on the march.
 
6.
The bush and tree roses brighten up the spring garden in a big way. Look for roses at your local garden center today. For color and beauty, they can't be beat and what a wonderful way to line the driveway.
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