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What to Plant in April
Annuals: Plant celosia, gaillardia, cosmos, four o'clock, marigold, nasturtium, zinnia, Shasta daisy, sunflower, ageratum, Mexican sunflower, portulaca, vinca, sweet pea and zinnia.
Perennials: Plant bougainvillea, lantana, verbena, salvia, globe mallow, hollyhock and penstemon.
Bulbs: Plant crinum, rain lily, agapanthus and cannas. Cut dried leaves off amaryllis, daffodil and narcissus bulbs and leave them in the ground. Remove gladiolus bulbs from the ground and store in a cool, dry location. Remove any pre-chill bulbs from the ground and re-chill before planting in the fall.
Cacti & Succulents: Plant cacti, ocotillo, ice plant, agave and yucca.
Citrus: Plant citrus. Paint citrus trunks white if exposed to direct sunlight to protect them from sunburn. Use latex paint diluted 1-1 with water. Fruit drop this month is a normal thinning process of citrus.
Herbs: Sow seeds for basil, chives, purslane and rue. Plant transplants of lavender, lemon grass, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary and thyme.
Roses: Plant container roses. During blooming period, use fertilizer every two weeks to encourage more blooms.
Trees: Plant figs, pomegranates and desert-adapted trees, such as palo verde, palo blanca, mesquite, cascolote, Texas mountain laurel, Indian rosewood, Texas ebony or Texas olive. Thin fruit to 6 inches apart for plums, apricots, peaches and apples.
Vegetables: Plant cantaloupe, eggplant, peppers, pumpkin, squash, radish, beans, carrots, green onion, okra, watermelon, cucumbers, jicama, peanuts, sunflowers, Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus, corn, black-eyed peas and zucchini. Thin sprouted plants to 4 inches apart.
Federated Garden Clubs of Yuma wish our winter visitors a safe trip up north. We look forward to seeing you again next fall.
Yuma County Fair runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds. Come to the fair and “stirrup some fun” by visiting our flower show in the big tin building. Our flower show theme is “Cowboy Serenade” and lots of creative floral arrangements, horticulture specimens and container plants are on display.
Congratulations to Dalene Kelly, flower show superintendent, for leading the event, congratulations to all our garden club members for sponsoring such a wonderful event, and congratulations to all who entered!
ArtBeat happens April 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Yuma Art Center, 254 Main St. Members of Yuma Garden Clubs' floral design group will exhibit floral designs coordinated with artwork on display. Refreshments are available for purchase. The event is free to the public.
If you aren't a member of a local garden club, consider visiting one.
MGM Garden Club meets each Tuesday morning at the Moody Demonstration Garden, 2200 W. 28th St. off of Avenue B, to maintain the garden. Their business meeting is held the last Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., at the Cooperative Extension Office.
“A Timeline History of the Moody Garden,” written by Ellen Gardner, is on sale for $35. Photos and text describe the process of creating the Moody Garden. All funds go toward community service projects.
Pecan Grove Garden Club meets the third Tuesday (April 16), 6:30 p.m., Yuma Main Library room A, 2951 S. 21st Drive. The program is “Flowers of the Sonoran Desert,” presented by Dr. Dave Sussman. Rustic birdhouses are for sale, $25. Contact Sharon Jessup, 782-1650. Funds go toward community service projects.
Yuma Garden Club meets second Monday (April 8), 1 p.m., Yuma Main Library rooms B-C, 2951 S. 21st Drive. The program is “Exotic Seeds and Pods,” presented by Sharon Jessup, Pecan Grove Garden Club member. The club's cookbook, “Desert Jewels,” will be on sale at the meeting. Funds go toward community service projects.
Yuma Orchid and African Violet Society meets second Thursday (April 11), 1-3 p.m., at the Foothills Library, 13226 South Frontage Road.
Karen Bowen is a master gardener and member of Yuma Garden Club. This column is sponsored by the Federated Garden Clubs of Yuma.