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American Traditions

April 13—Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday 
Born in 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia, Jefferson was the third president of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

Jefferson was a dedicated farmer. His plantation, "Monticello," included vegetable gardens, flower gardens, orchards, vineyards, grain fields, and ornamental landscapes. Jefferson worked on improving plant varieties as well as agricultural tools, such as the plow.

See more about Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday.

April 15—U.S. Tax Day (April 30 for Canadians)
On a related note, here are a few money-saving ideas for the coming year:
• Grow your own vegetables and herbs.
See our blog on budget-friendly gardening.
• Save water with a cistern to collect water from your roof.
See more on rain barrels.
• Use an outdoor clothesline.
See How to Choose a Clothesline.
• Keep a compost bin in the backyard.
See How to Compost.

See more money-saving tips from our editors and readers!

April 19—Patriots Day
This observance commemorates the events of April 19, 1775, that marked the start of the American Revolutionary War—especially the midnight rides of Paul Revere and others to warn of the approach of British troops, and the battles of Lexington and Concord.
See more.


Blossom of the almond trees,
April’s gift to April’s bees,
Birthday ornament of spring,
Flora’s fairest daughterling.

–Sir Edwin Arnold (1832–1904)


Container Potatoes

Experience the fun of trash can gardening with Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Watch video!

Great Almanac Giveaway

Check out this month’s prize:

4 polo shirts—visit to see available styles, colors, and sizes

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Container gardening is a great way to get things growing when you don’t have adequate outdoor space or if the weather isn’t cooperating.

Soil Mix for Containers

1 part peat moss
1 part rich garden soil or potting soil
1 part sand

With a trowel, mix the ingredients in a bucket or wheelbarrow until well blended. Use for outdoor potted vegetables or flowers.

In addition to providing 5 hours or more of full sun, you must give attention to selecting the proper varieties and choosing the proper container.
See our recommendations on
Container Gardening for Vegetables.

Container gardening with flowers is a great way to instantly introduce color, fragrance, and beauty into our lives.

Great annuals for pots include: begonia, browallia, dusty miller, fuchsia, lobelia, marigold, morning glory, portulaca, snapdragon, statice, sweet alyssum, and sweet pea.

Great perennials for pots include: astilbe, bee balm, bergenia, bleeding heart, coneflower, evening primrose, hosta, hybrid daylily, Maltese cross, speedwell, and tansy.

See our
planting tips on Container Gardening for Flowers.

See more gardening tips for April—as well as garden-fresh recipes and folklore for the season. Check out our April Seasonal Ideas