Gardening Photos From Our Garden – April 2024

April was still cold for the time of year and I am pleased I did not start my tomatoes in February this year. My tomato plants are growing well, but they are at a size where I can manage them indoors. And before you judge me, I have well over 50 tomato plants to care for.

Days are often warm, but nights are cool, and it has been very windy. If you are a regular reader, you know that some of my tomato plants suffered wind damage a couple of years ago. The leaves went white and brittle. The plants survived, but I am not looking for a repeat.

All plants started indoors are doing great. My rocket, spinach, kale, and herbs are doing fine outdoors, but tomatoes and peppers are still indoors. It looks like May will be the moving-out month this year—again.

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Gardening photos April 2024

Gardening photo of the week: 29 April – 5 May 2024

San Marzano tomato plants growing indoors

San Marzano plum tomatoes are, of course, royalty when it comes to making your own tomato sauce.

This year, I am starting about 10 plants for me and a couple more for some friends who have asked for plants.

So far, so good, and I am looking forward to harvest time.

Gardening photo of the week: 22 April – 28 April 2024

Dahlias started from seed

Yes, I am starting Dahlias from seed.

I don’t usually talk about flowers and general garden care but why not.

So stay tuned for an article on how to grow Dahlias from seed. There is definitely money to be saved.

And the flowers will light up any home, garden or balcony.

Gardening photo of the week: 15 April – 21 April 2024

Pepper seedlings under grow light

A tray of pepper seedlings that have been replanted into slightly bigger containers.

There is truly a smattering of peppers, including Vindaloo, Tabasco, Cayenne, Bhut and Naga Jolokia, Jalapenos, Padron peppers and, of course, regular sweet bell peppers.

This year is hot sauce and salsa year – again.

Gardening photo of the week: 8 April – 14 April 2024

Planting Charlotte onions in raised garden bed

I like to grow Charlotte onions from bulbs that I purchase from my local vendor.

If you are not familiar with Charlottes they are oval in shape and have a milder taste profile compared to yellow onions.

We use them a lot, and they are easy to grow. Give them full sun, water them regularly, and feed them a couple of times. That’s it.

Gardening photo of the week: 1 April – 7 April 2024

Three types of hot peppers, Tabasco Cayenne, Bhut Jolokia and Naga Jolokia

Three proud-looking pepper seedlings. The Tabasco pepper is a Cayenne-type pepper with decent but not overpowering heat.

Of course, the ghost peppers, Bhut and Naga Jolokia, are a different story.

I am not kidding. Ghost peppers pack some serious heat.