April—Promise of Spring
April comes from the Latin word aperio, meaning “to open or bud,” because plants begin to grow this month.
Weather in the Northern Hemisphere can be capricious—an optimist’s dream and a poet’s inspiration. See your free long-term weather forecasts for April and May now!
Naturalist Hal Borland wrote, “April is a promise that May is bound to keep.” With that in mind, plant shade trees now to please posterity and fruit trees, lilac bushes, and roses to please yourself.
April Gardening Tips
• Begin your garden work when a lump of soil squeezed in your hand is dry enough to fall apart slowly. See when your soil is ready.
• Plant vegetables such as peas, spinach, lettuce, beets, and cabbage when the soil is ready. See our Vegetable pages.
• Repot your houseplants as the days lengthen so that they will grow well during the spring and summer months.
• Add some manure to your thawing compost pile and turn it frequently.
• If you plant your Easter lily outdoors after the danger of frost has passed, you may coax another season’s bloom.
For more April gardening jobs, click here.
See our main Gardening page for more tips, articles, charts, and resources.
Also, enjoy our blogs—about everything from planting an organic garden to root cellars!
April is here!
Blithest season of all the year;
The little brook laughs as it leaps away;
The lambs are out on the hills at play.
–Eben E. Rexford (1848–1916)