What you can do now in the garden, plus more tips from Master Gardeners

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Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

We had glorious weather on Sunday and Monday, and many of us took the opportunity to get out into our yards.

There are some things you can plant in April– if your garden is dry enough. Digging in soil that is too wet may cause compaction and poor drainage later in the season.

To figure out if your soil is dry enough, give it the squeeze test. If you squeeze a handful of soil and it sticks together, it’s too wet to plant. Wait until your squeezed handful crumbles easily to plant.

You can read about that and more in this month’s edition of WNY Gardening Matters, published by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County.

The article on This Month in the Garden talks about planting cool-weather vegetables, planting bare-root roses, lawn care, fertilizing and more tasks you can do now.

Another article starts a new series on “The Bizarre World of Carnivorous Plants.”

You can read a discussion on “Plastic Mulch: Does Color Matter?”

Finally, there’s a discussion of ‘Sweet Autumn’ clematis or Japanese Virgin’s Bower. It’s an invasive species, but its status is “regulated,” so you can buy it and plant it in your garden. However, it can be a problem when it gets into forests. There is a similar native plant you could use instead. Read the pros and cons.

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