April Pivotal for Vegetable Gardens Says LSU AgCenter Horticulturist

Thomas J. Koske  |  4/19/2005 10:28:30 PM

News You Can Use  For April 2004

April begins a pivotal time in home gardens around the state. There’s lots of activity in both south and north Louisiana, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.

South Louisiana may be harvesting some spring produce and doing final plantings of some crops. Meanwhile, north Louisiana gardeners will be setting in their "main spring crop" and harvesting some overwinter and early spring producers.

"Try to plant on time or risk only a little crop space," Koske advises, encouraging gardeners to consult the "Vegetable Planting Guide,"www.lsuagcenter.com/
vegetable_planting/index.html.

April is a time to seed bush snap beans, bush butter beans (baby limas), butter beans, southern peas (cowpeas), collards, cucumber, melons, pumpkins, squash, okra, basil, radish and sweet corn. Mustard still can be started in north Louisiana.

In south Louisiana, April is an opportunity to set out transplants of eggplant, mirliton (chayote), peppers, tomatoes and early-set sweet potato slips.

South Louisiana gardeners also should be harvesting beets and beet greens, broccoli, lettuce, brussels sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, mustard, turnips, English peas, shallots, cauliflower, parsley, carrots, radish and endive. Early garlic and small new potatoes might be ready now.

Citing all these activities, Koske says, "Our climate certainly allows for bounteous production all year round."

Related yard and garden topics are available by contacting an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office. Also, look for Gardening and Get It Growing links in the Feature section of the LSU AgCenter Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com.

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On the Internet: LSU AgCenter: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/
On the Internet: www.louisianalawnandgarden.org.
On the Internet: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/
vegetable_planting/index.html.
Source: Tom Koske (225) 578-2222, or tkoske@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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