Though the temperature has dipped in the last week, this weekend heralds the return of mild weather and sunshine: the perfect time to work in your garden.
The Farmers' Almanac recommends planting above-ground crops such as tomatoes, beans, peppers, and corn on April 26 and 27, and starting any seedbeds or flowerbeds. April 28 through April 30 are ideal days to weed, the Almanac continues.
If you're interested in planting a garden to attract birds or other wildlife, the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia has several pages, including how to attract songbirds, how to attract pollinators, and how to attract other wildlife.
For gardening help throughout the year, refer to Lake Ridge Nursery and Garden Center, which offers gardening and landscaping consulting and resources, or the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, who run a blog. Consider registering for the Master Gardeners' Sustainability Symposium, which runs June 9 through June 10 in Arlington. Only some of the 125 spots remain open.
For tips on fall gardening, see Keri Goodfriend's article from last year.
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