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The April Garden

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. So much has happened in our garden these last few weeks and our April Garden is looking promising. Our sweet peas are producing; I just love the flowers. I didn’t plant a lot and I planted really late, kind of spur of the moment really, but we’ve been enjoying a few a day as an in-the-garden snack. It’s starting to get pretty warm here, yesterday afternoon when I took these photos it was 80°F. Who knows how long these sweet peas will last but we’re enjoying them while they’re here. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. We bought an avocado tree. Actually, my mom and her husband gave us a gift card for Christmas to buy fruit trees. We bought the avocado and a pulmello (old grapefruit variety) tree. The owner of the nursery told us to leave it in a pot until all the trunk was covered with brown bark. It will probably be another year or so. It’s blooming so it will be fun to see if we actually get avocados this year. I know nothing about growing avocados, I need to make an avocado page in our gardening notebook. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. All of the citrus trees except the grapefruit have bloomed and have fruit on them. I’m sure some will drop but it’s looking like a very promising citrus year. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. The key lime blooms are so tiny. It’s fun to see how different the blooms on each citrus tree looks. These are by far the smallest and least fragrant. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. Our mulberries are starting to ripen. Actually the tree is on our neighbor’s property but it overhangs our fence line and he doesn’t mind us picking them. It’s a daily treat. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. We have several small pears on a pear tree we just planted; we had to replace one that didn’t make it last year. I’m wondering if these pears will actually grow or if the tree will drop them. I should probably pick them so the tree will put it’s effort into a root system instead of growing fruit. I’ll have to ponder that one….

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. We have our first peaches! We planted four peach trees in January 2013. I’ve never grown peaches before and hear they are somewhat finicky when it comes to trying to grow them organically but I’m up for the challenge. Feel free to leave me some peach growing tips in the comments. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. Can I just say that my family is doing the happy dance over these bean flowers? We’ve been eating greens (mainly kale and chard) and brassicas every day since November. We love them but are ready for something else and green beans will do nicely. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. And because we’re all about keeping it real, I thought I’d give you a wide angle shot of my green bean beds. They have carrots and beets planted with them. And a squash volunteer plant came up in each bed. I’ll leave them until we figure out what they are. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. We had this volunteer tomato plant come up in our front flower bed last fall. I left it until I cleaned out and replanted the beds in January. Then we put it in a pot for a few weeks and finally put it in the garden once we were past our frost dates. And we now have little tomatoes on it. Who know what variety it is but I do believe they are some kind of grape or cherry tomato. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. We planted strawberries for the first time this year. One bed is doing really good, the other, not so much. I’ve been in contact with the company and they have a 100% guarantee on their plants so if the others don’t come up I’ll have to email them. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. Our squash and zucchini plants are doing well, in fact a few of the plants have unopened blooms on them. This is the lazy way to succession plant which is why I chose this photo. When we planted our transplants, I sowed a couple of seeds near each plant – this one might be a little too close. If we get hit with vine borers, hopefully the smaller plants won’t get hit since their stems are so small and we won’t loose our entire crop. If I direct sow instead of using transplants I usually wait until the first flowers appear and then sow some seeds with the plants. I do the same thing with bush beans. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. Our seed potatoes rotted. Have I mentioned that we had the second wettest March on record? Potatoes don’t like that much water just after they’ve been planted. So I moved the one plant that wasn’t with the others and I sowed some luffa seeds in the other side of the bed. I’ll try a fall potato crop and see what happens. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. Our onions are looking good, although some are going to seed. It’s ok, they were volunteers from last year and I’ll collect the seeds to plant in the fall. All the other onions were planted by seed and they look great. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. Here’s another “keeping it real” photo. I had squash and zucchini planted in this bed, then a week later I asked Carl and Josiah to plant some onions transplants for me since I was going to be in town with Phoebe and Benjamin all day. I even told them where – the big cedar bed. And they did. At one point Carl asked Josiah what was planted in the mounds and he said, “squash.” So they just planted the onions around the mounds. I had forgotten we had sown squash seeds in that bed. Last weekend we dug the squash plants up and moved them. There are doing fine. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. We planted asparagus this year, too. I’ve been told to just keep it watered and weeded and leave it alone. I think we can do that. I kind of planted it on whim, I had some seeds from the Seeds of the Month Club and then I saw a pack of roots at Walmart. I bought the roots and then planted them and the seeds right before we got all the rain. 

We’ve built 10 new boxes for our raised beds. I really wished we could have just used large tree limbs but we are having trouble finding them. We put the boxes over the beds we’ve been using and buried the box a little. We’re not adding dirt to them. We’re using the soil that is there plus the compost we’ve been making. Over time the soil in each box will be really amazing. 

Oh, and just so you know, this is probably the tidiest our garden will be all year. 

The April Garden in zone 9 is full of blooms! Our fruit trees are either blooming or sporting tiny fruit. Our vegetables are blooming and we'll be eating fresh from the garden by the end of the month. So tell me, what is going on in your garden? 

 

Thanks for sharing with your friends!

Debi

Thursday 9th of April 2015

What kind of pears are you growing? I'm trying to find very low chill varieties, but having problems with pears. On the peaches, depending on the variety you chose, you may or may not have a lot of success, again due to the chill hour requirements of peaches. It's great living where I can grow citrus, but I miss all my midwestern fruits!

Angi Schneider

Thursday 9th of April 2015

We have Ayers and Keiffer pears - both do well in our area. Have you talked to our county extension agent? I usually run my thoughts by ours when I'm researching and get his opinion. Also there are a couple of very low chill pears, Hood and Flordahome, that you might try.

Erin Turner

Thursday 9th of April 2015

Wow! Your garden looks great! I'm jealous! I'm in Montana and we can't even dream of planting anything outside yet! My garlic is up and my greenhouse is full but it's just too risky to put anything in the ground yet! Mother Nature has an odd sense of humor and she likes to have Jack Frost come and visit right after people up here start planting too early! Enjoy your beautiful and bountiful gardens!

Angi Schneider

Thursday 9th of April 2015

Thanks Erin. I'll be the one jealous in August when you are harvesting all kinds of goodies and our is barely surviving the heat.

Nancy @ Little Homestead in Boise

Wednesday 8th of April 2015

I've grown all my fruit trees organically. With peaches and nectarines there are spots on the fruit from bugs here and there. I usually can and/or freeze them. I just cut off the bad spots and the chickens love them :) They look great otherwise, just keep well watered in the heat, and mulch. We had our professionally trimmed last year as they grew so fast!

Angi Schneider

Wednesday 8th of April 2015

Thanks for the encouragement, Nancy. I figured we'd have spots here and there and we're used to that. I'm super excited about them but every one locally keeps telling me how hard they are to grow. I appreciate your comment.

Carla

Wednesday 8th of April 2015

Love your garden pictures! I live in central Texas (zone 8) and plant my sweet peas in October and mine have just started to bloom. I've been hooked on growing sweet peas for about 4 years and every year try new varieties. There are so many! We discovered a mulberry tree on our property last summer...what do you do with your mulberries? Eat them fresh? Use them in a recipe? My family just ate them fresh picked but I wondered if there is a more common use for them similar to dewberry pie or jelly. I love to garden and was so happy to discover your blog!

Angi Schneider

Wednesday 8th of April 2015

We just eat them plain or add to yogurt. You absolutely could make a pie or jam with them just like you do with dewberries. I really should have planted our sweet peas in the fall and this fall I will. I had no idea we'd like them so much.

Christina

Wednesday 8th of April 2015

This is so great! It's so exciting to see what's coming up!

Angi Schneider

Wednesday 8th of April 2015

It's an exciting time of year, isn't it?