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■ farm and garden april


Best days according to Moon phases.


Best planting days Above ground crops . . .


Root crops . . . . . . . . . . . . Seed beds . . . . . . . . . . . . Kill plant pests . . . . . . . . .


Best fishing days  Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


 Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Poor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


12-13, 17-18, 23-24 2-4, 7-9, 25-26, 30 17-18, 25-26 5-6


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7, 17-18, 25-26 5-6, 8-9, 22


2-4, 13, 21, 23-24, 27-28, 30 1, 10-12, 14-16, 19-20, 29


Best days to do other stuff Begin diet to gain weight . . . . . . . . . . . .


Begin diet to lose weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . Begin logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Breed animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle . . . . . . . Cut hair to discourage growth . . . . . . . . Cut hair to encourage growth . . . . . . . . Cut hay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Destroy pests and weeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . Go camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graft or pollinate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harvest above ground vegetables . . . . Harvest below ground vegetables . . . . Go to the dentist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plant above ground vegetables . . . . . . . Plant below ground vegetables . . . . . . . Prune to discourage growth . . . . . . . . . . Prune to encourage growth . . . . . . . . . . Quit smoking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Set posts or pour concrete . . . . . . . . . . . Start projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wean animals and children . . . . . . . . . . .


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12, 17 7, 26


2-3 ,29-30 6-8, 26 6-8, 26 6-7


11-12, 23-24 9-10 9-10


1, 27-28 16-17


11-12, 21-22 2-3, 30 21-22 16-17 6-7


1, 27-28 19-20 7, 26


2-3, 29-30 11-12 7, 26


—from the Old Farmer’s Almanac Folksy Tips, Hints & Wisdom


April is Time to Plant A few basic tips to get you started


t’s time to get busy: The last frost date for southeast Oklahoma is April 15, which means you have the green light to safely plant without losing all to a seasonal cold snap. To get you in the proper mood, check out these April gardening tips from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.


Prune spring-flowering plants when they finish blooming. Continue fertilizing established roses.


Begin fertilizing Bermuda and warm-season grasses this month.


• Annual flowers can be seeded now. Sow the seeds directly in the flower beds, but remember to keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate.


• Thin out flower seedlings so that


plants have enough space to grow. Transplant extra seedlings to another area.


• Prune winter damage on herb plants. Look for new growth on the lower part of the herbs, and cut the plant back by 1⁄3 to ½ to the healthy new shoots.


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Continue planting vegetables such as beans, carrots, cucumbers, melons, peppers, squashes, and sunflowers.


Plant okra toward the end of the month, as it does better with warmer soil.


Plant vegetables in successive plantings so that you have a continuous harvest throughout the growing season.


Thin out your vegetable plants so that they have enough room to grow. If they are too crowded, the plants will become weak.


Beware of insects and other pests in your garden. Keep an eye on your garden for aphids, spider mites, etc., and take action when necessary to eliminate the pests.


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