Did you get past April Fool’s Day without a major trick or joke played on you? I didn’t but I had a lot of fun in the process. I had a big surprise birthday celebration that lasted for two days! I felt like a Queen!
April is the time to think about the vegetable garden. Growing fresh vegetables has always been a popular pastime for all ages. The kids will have a ball with it and will probably eat more in the process. If your plot is small, you can create more space by growing plants vertically using a trellis. The trellis will not only support plants such as pole beans and cucumbers, but it can also add structure and help create a backdrop to the rest of the garden.
An arbor at the entrance or end of a space will add drama as well and is a perfect spot for climbing roses and clematis. I always like to add flowers to my veggie garden. A border of alyssum or ageratum adds interest and color to the lettuce or carrots growing behind them. Don’t have space for tomato vines? A hanging basket placed in full sun and filled with cherry tomatoes produces a lot of fruit and is so easy to pick.
When designing your patio containers this year, tuck in some lettuce, a pepper plant or some parsley amongst the flowers. It will not only look pretty but it will also have the added benefit of tasting good, too!
You and your family will think of many creative ideas for growing veggies this summer. Pass them on to me and I will mention them next month.
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