This week in the garden: April 12 - 18

Apr 11, 2024

This week in the garden: April 12 - 18

Apr 11, 2024

Celebrate spring by giving a basket of flowers or vegetables to someone special.


  • Pull weeds and hoe often to minimize reseeding.
  • After mulching, check to make sure your irrigation runs are watering through the mulch to the correct rooting depth. If not, increase run times.
  • Use a strong stream of water to rinse aphids from rose bushes.


  • Remove dead branches from shrubs.
  • Deadhead roses to encourage more blooms.
  • Thin the fruit of apricot, peach, nectarine and plum trees to about 6 to 8 inches apart.
  • Use trimmings in compost pile or chip and use as mulch.


  • Feed bedding plants with all-purpose fertilizer high in phosphorus.
  • Fertilize citrus. Follow directions on the container.


  • Plant summer vegetables at two-week intervals to prolong harvest.
  • Perennials: Million bells (Calibrachoa), Lily-of- the-Nile (Agapanthus), alstroemeria.
  • Bulbs, corms, tubers: fortnight lily (Dietes).
  • Fruits and vegetables: cantaloupe, chard, chayote.
  • Trees, shrubs, vines: bougainvillea, violet trumpet vine (Clytostoma).
  • Annuals: verbena, lisianthus (Eustoma).

Enjoy now

  • Annuals and perennials: bachelor's button (Centaurea), California Poppy (Eschscholzia), godetia (Clarkia), coreopsis.
  • Bulbs, corms, tubers: iris.
  • Trees, shrubs, vines: oleander (Nerium), Indian hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica).
  • Fruits and vegetables: cherries, cucumber, grapefruit, green onions.

Things to ponder

  • To water hillsides, set emitters on upper side of slope.
  • Continue to monitor and destroy slugs and snails.

By Terry Lewis
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