Tomorrow is April Fools Day. Although a lot of people get into the fun of the day I usually look at April 1st with the idea of warm weather, flowers and sunshine arriving. April Fools Day has some interesting history. Check out Wikipedia or National Geographic if you want to find out more about this unofficial holiday.
“April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty four.” ~Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson, 1894
When thinking about warm weather, flowers, and sunshine my thoughts turn to gardening. This year has had a slow start due to cool and rainy weather. With the ground so saturated I don’t want to walk in the flower beds to clean out around the perennials. Walking on wet soil will compact it and make it harder for the roots to grow healthy. It is better to wait a few days for the soil to dry out some.
If the weather is still not right for working in the garden where you live you can still work on seed planting and cuttings inside. It is not too late to start many seeds indoors. Check the seed packet to make sure you still have time. You can also repot root bound houseplants at this time. Put them in a pot that is 1″ larger than what they are in now. Most houseplants will start their new growth spurt soon and it is better to let their roots get adjusted to a new pot before that time.
I was reading that from March 29th to April 30th is “National Kite Flying Month” . Go check out this link and find out about flying kites and events taking place all over the country.
After today there are only 15 days left to file your taxes. If you haven’t done it already today would be a good time to start. Remember, you have to file your taxes by April 15, to get your Economic Stimulus Payment if you qualify.