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This Month in the Vegetable Garden - April

I love April!  With the warm weather comes new growth and the planting of warm weather plants. The picture this month is of my potato plants. I planted them in February--my first time planting potatoes. My onions, which I planted in December, are doing wonderfully.  They are also, a first for me.  I keep pulling them to eat, and even though they are small, they are delicious.

If you haven’t already, plant those cucumber seeds and bean seeds. Peppers like warm weather too. Planting too early in the spring is not helpful. You can plant everything you had transplanted into gallon pots and have been dragging in and out of your garage every time there might be a freeze. Unless you are one of the lucky ones to have a green house.


For peppers, fertilize the area first, then put the pepper transplants in the ground and watch them take off. Pepper transplants are not like the tomato transplants you planted last month. With tomato plants, you can bury the stems deep, and roots will grow off their stems. Not peppers.  Peppers are like planting a tree.  When you fill the hole do not cover the roots deeper than the pot you are taking the plant from.  Make a sunken circle around the pepper.  It will keep the water from running away from your pepper plant. There are so many pepper varieties to choose from, sweet or hot, that are perfect for Central Texas.  Keep a watch out for flea beetles, aphids, and leaf miners. With transplants you could be eating your first peppers in two months’ time depending on their length to maturity.

Enjoy your garden!

For more information check out:

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Monthly Garden Calendar, and Texas A&M Extension Vegetable Varieties for Central Texas

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Earth-kind® Gardening

Individuals using Earth-Kind landscaping principles and practices can create beautiful, easy-care landscapes, while conserving and protecting natural resources and the environment. Earthkind® Landscaping combines research-based traditional and organic techniques to provide maximum performance while protecting the environment.  Developed by Texas A&M University, it provides strategies for accomplishing these four major goals:

  • Conservation of Water and Water Quality

  • Reduction of Pesticide and Fertilizer Use

  • Conservation of Energy

  • Reductions of Yard Waste Entering the Landfill

Find out which plants fit the Earth-kind® criteria here.


Texas Superstar®

Everybody likes a sure thing, right?  While those can be hard to come by in the garden, planting Texas Superstars gives even novice gardeners a great head start.  Based on a partnership between Texas A&M Research, Texas A&M Agrilife, and Texas Nurseries, the Texas Superstar® program researches and makes available to the public the most reliable and best-looking plants for Texas.  The program provides a selection of annuals, perennials, per-annuals, shrubs, trees, and other specialty plants such as vegetables, fruits, and orchids which are proven to thrive all over Texas with minimum fuss.

For help selecting and growing Texas Superstars, finding local retailers or to search the Texas Superstar® database click here.

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