April To-Do List

Broadfork -- 8-15-2014


  • Continue ordering seeds & supplies.  Budget or no budget, I really need to hurry up and finish this.


  • Clean up the garden and prep it for Spring planting.  This always takes longer than I want it to, so expect to see it on the list for at least a couple more months.
  • Sharpen the mower blades.
  • Clean and sharpen the pruners.
  • Set up the soaker hose.


  • Thatch and reseed the side lawn and the front lawn.  This was actually done today.

Fruits, Nuts, and Berries

  • Cut down the old apple tree.
  • Mulch the apple tree and the hazelnuts — assuming I ever have the money to buy mulch.  As much as it’s needed, seeds are my primary focus right now.

Vegetable Garden

  • Plant peas, sweet potatoes, salad greens, turnips, and potatoes.  Along with this always taking longer than I think it should, some of these haven’t even been ordered yet.  Expect to see this on the list for a while longer as well.

Herb Garden

  • Plant rosemary, thyme, epazote, cilantro, parsley, chives, and dill.
  • Start the basil plants indoors.

Flower Garden


  • Plant alyssum, poppies, and celosia.
  • Divide primroses and plant them by the roses.


  • Weed around the bulbs while the weeds are still manageable.
  • Put compost around the hyacinths.

Native Plants:

  • Weed and mulch around the Indian plum.


  • Transplant the last remaining rose from the backyard to the front flower garden.
  • Rake debris from around the base of the roses.
  • Weed the rose bed.
  • Spread compost and mulch around the roses.


  • Cut down the Spirea.


  • Prune the vines on the tower, since I’m not ready to tear the whole thing down yet.


  • Water them if the top inch of soil is dry.



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2 Responses to April To-Do List

  1. Jason says:

    Are turnips and sweet potatos hard to grow? Haven’t had turnips in a long time – loved mashed turnips growing up.

    • Sarah Sarah says:

      I don’t know about the sweet potatoes, but turnips are easy. I just sow them with hairy vetch and let nature take over. One problem I did have, however, was that the bugs ate away at the tubers if I left them in long enough to get full-size. What was left was still good after being trimmed, but it wasn’t nearly as pretty.

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