April Showers Bring May … Herbs

By Paris Wolfe, Blogmaster, The Herb Society of America

20180104_193922 (2)In a final section of Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening, author Deborah L. Martin offers a Seasonal Garden-Care Calendar as a loose guide to timing garden tasks. Checking in with such calendars keeps me on target. Despite the latest dusting of snow in Geneva, Ohio, Zone 6a, I’m ready to build my soil. Read on for other tasks herb growers should consider in April.

  1. Heavy spring rains may reveal erosion and drainage problems, especially on bare or newly planted beds. Watch for places where water runs off the soil surface and consider mulching or changing the surface grading to stop runoff and prevent erosion.
  2. Begin soil building activities.
  3. Mulch beds to avoid onerous weeding tasks.
  4. Dig, divide and replant perennials.
  5. If you don’t have a compost bin, consider building one.

Learn more about Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening book.

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