Gardener’s Calendar

April Checklist

  • Tomato planting? Ready, set, go! Our selection peaks over the next 6 weeks.
  • Treat yourself to a new garden hat as the sun reaches higher in the sky.
  • Prune deciduous flowering shrubs (Lilac, Flowering Quince, Forsythia) during or after bloom.
  • Feed acid-loving plants like Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons for growth.
  • Narcissus (Daffodil) leaves should be allowed to wither naturally after the bloom. Tie them back, but don’t remove them yet.

May Checklist

  • It’s safe to plant warm-season veggies in the Bay Area now.
  • Loosen or remove stakes from trees planted in winter.
  • Select succulents now.
  • Support or cage tomato plants early.
  • Deadhead and groom geraniums for longer flowering.