Lower South

April, 2003
Regional Report

Sow Seeds in the Garden


Beans, squash, and chard may be direct-seeded now. Sow seeds at a depth of about 2 to 3 times their width into well-prepared soil. Water them in and keep the seed row moist until the seedlings are well on their way. Wait a couple more weeks to plant okra as it prefers warmer temperatures.

Set Out Transplants


It's time to set out tomatoes if you want to give them plenty of time to set fruit before the heat of summer arrives. Eggplant and pepper transplants prefer a bit warmer weather and may do best if you wait another week or two. Water transplants in with a starter solution of diluted fertilizer or a fish emulsion and seaweed mix.

Thin Fruit On Trees


Fruit-bearing trees usually set more fruit than they need. Excessive loads can result in small, inferior-quality fruit and broken branches. Thin peaches to 6 inches apart and plums to 4 inches apart. Thin apples and pears to one per cluster.

Sow Seeds in the Garden


Beans, squash, and chard may be direct-seeded now. Sow seeds at a depth of about 2 to 3 times their width into well-prepared soil. Water them in and keep the seed row moist until the seedlings are well on their way. Wait a couple more weeks to plant okra as it prefers warmer temperatures.

Fertilize Turf

If you haven\'t given your turf a spring feeding, now is a good time. Turf is actively growing and can use a little extra boost. Only apply about 1/2 to 1 pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet. After fertilizing, sweep driveways and sidewalks back onto turf to avoid needless contamination of creeks and lakes.

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