April Showers Bring May Flowers Planting Guide for Curb Appeal My NC Homes

We've all heard it many times, "April Showers Bring May Flowers." Here's some timely advice from the Farmer's Almanac for planting vegetables, how to start a garden this year, and some trends for curb appeal. With much more time at home in 2020 and into 2021, many of us renewed interest in beautifying our surroundings, and many more who already have a green thumb for landscaping tried their hands at some light farming. According to The Farmers Almanac, April is the time to plant seeds, and watch them grow! We have this complete guide with the latest for The Triangle Area. If you are considering moving to The Triangle or are interested in selling your home, we'd love to help you;. 

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What is the Farmers Almanac?

The Farmers Almanac is a distinctly American publication originally published in 1792 and it offered long-range weather predictions for theFarmers Almanac United States and Canada. It is geographically broken up into 7 zones and each year predicts 16 months of weather for farmers to plant at the correct times to get the best harvests. It is based on lunar cycles and annual weather, but it also is a cultural phenomenon that holds many superstitions, such as when to cut your hair, humor, advice, and much more. It still can be purchased at any Dollar General but is also available online. Here we are offering tips from the Spring Planting Season for Raleigh Zone, 2021.

How to Start a Garden

The Triangle Area has incredible produce and local farms and artisans, so it may just as easy to head to a local farmers market this spring to pick up some fresh product, however, if you would like to try this soothing and rewarding practice yourself, here are some tips.

Step 1

Choose a Location: Are you looking to grow vegetables? Are you looking for flowering plants for aesthetics? The design of your garden is determined by how much sun and type of things you can grow, depending on sun. Another consideration is your soil. If you use fertilizers or have moved to a home where you are unsure of the treatment of the lawn or landscaping in the past, it might be a good idea to try raised beds or make sure to test your soil, prior to planting edible gardens.

Step 2

Plan your Garden: If you are planting in-ground or in raised beds, be sure that you have relative protection from critters or pests. The Farmers Almanac has some great links for organic remedies that are below. Additionally, if you are planting flower beds, many species are doubleRaised Bed duty and repel insects in summer, and attract pollinators in spring. We are incredibly fortunate in The Triangle because we have rich soil and an excellent climate for gardening, most of what you will be looking to plant, has a season and time.

Step 3

Invest in Gardening: Gardening is an incredibly rewarding investment. Whether you are planting food to harvest or simply designing an aesthetic garden to enjoy the outdoors, be sure to give yourself the time to devote to your garden. You will need to weed a garden regularly or maintain mulching to prevent unwanted growth.

Top Trends for Curb Appeal in 2021 

We do not recommend investing heavily in major landscaping prior to selling, and in the current climate, sellers are getting above asking price, regardless of curb appeal, but these are some great ways to make your home more desirable for buyers.

Quick Growing Shrubs are a great way to add color and frame the home. Five quick-growing shrubs include Emerald Green Arborvitae, which is a bright green shrub that grows up to 15 feet, Viburnum Tinus Compactum, a more compact shrub, Blushing Bride Rose of Sharon, Shrub Curb Appeal a high growing and stunning blooming shrub, Sasanqua Camellia, a shrub coming in many colors and best for a dry climate, and lastly, another flowering shrub the Wine and Roses Weigela, blooming in late summer and growing to 5 feet.

Indoor Outdoor Portable Gardens such as an arrangement of potted plants or terrariums of plants inside are very popular and can be brought with you to your next home. Potted Plants are always an easy addition to any porch or outdoor living space. Many homes in North Carolina traditionally have rooms that get lots of sun or porches, these are excellent spaces for indoor plants or gardens and provide a real wow factor.

Sustainable Features are some of the most desirable features on the market, from appliances to gardens. Many buyers are looking for low maintenance options and high reward from their landscaping. Consider native species and species that attract pollinators if you are hoping to make a more favorable impression for Millenials and environmentally conscious buyers.

What to Plant and When? vegetable garden planting spring

According to the Farmers Almanac, the last frost should occur by this Thursday April 8, signaling it is planting time! Below is the vegetable planting calendar, and if you are looking to plant this spring, April is the month!

EDIBLE PLANTING DATES FOR SPRING 

Crop

Based on Frost Dates    Based on Moon Dates

Start Seeds Indoors

Plant Seedlings

or Transplants

Start Seeds Outdoors

Arugula

N/A

N/A

Mar 25-Apr 8

 Mar 25-28

Basil

Feb 10-24

 Feb 11-24

Apr 8-29

 Apr 11-26

N/A

Beets

N/A

N/A

Mar 25-Apr 15

 Mar 29-Apr 10

Bell Peppers

Jan 27-Feb 10

Jan 27-28

Apr 15-29

Apr 15-26

N/A

Broccoli

Feb 10-24

Feb 11-24

Mar 10-Apr 1

Mar 13-28

N/A

Cabbage

Feb 10-24

Feb 11-24

Mar 10-25

Mar 13-25

N/A

Cantaloupes

Mar 10-18

Mar 13-18

Apr 22-May 6

Apr 22-26

N/A

Carrots

N/A

N/A

Mar 3-18

Mar 3-12

Cauliflower

Feb 10-24

Feb 11-24

Mar 10-Apr 1

Mar 13-28

N/A

Celery

Jan 27-Feb 10

Jan 27-28

Apr 15-29

Apr 15-26

N/A

Cilantro (Coriander)

N/A

N/A

Apr 8-22

Apr 11-22

Corn

N/A

N/A

Apr 8-22

Apr 11-22

Cucumbers

Mar 10-18

Mar 13-18

Apr 22-May 6

Apr 22-26

N/A

Eggplants

Jan 27-Feb 10

Jan 27-28

Apr 22-May 6

Apr 22-26

N/A

Green Beans

N/A

N/A

Apr 15-May 6

Apr 15-26

Kohlrabi

Feb 24-Mar 10

Feb 24-27

Mar 18-25

Mar 18-25

N/A

Lettuce

Feb 24-Mar 10

Feb 24-27

Mar 25-Apr 22

Mar 25-28, Apr 11-22

N/A

Okra

N/A

N/A

Apr 22-May 6

Apr 22-26

Onions

N/A

N/A

Mar 10-Apr 1

Mar 10-12, Mar 29-Apr 1

Oregano

Jan 27-Feb 24

Jan 27-28, Feb 11-24

Apr 8-29

Apr 11-26

N/A

Parsnips

N/A

N/A

Mar 18-Apr 8

Mar 29-Apr 8

Peas

N/A

N/A

Feb 24-Mar 18

Feb 24-27, Mar 13-18

Potatoes

N/A

N/A

Apr 1-22

Apr 1-10

Pumpkins

Mar 18-Apr 1

Mar 18-28

Apr 22-May 6

 Apr 22-26

N/A

Rosemary

Jan 27-Feb 10

Jan 27-28

Apr 15-May 6

Apr 15-26

N/A

Sage

Feb 10-24

Feb 11-24

Apr 8-22

Apr 11-22

N/A

Sweet Potatoes

Mar 10-18

Mar 10-12

Apr 22-May 6

Apr 27-May 6

N/A

Swiss Chard

Feb 24-Mar 10

Feb 24-27

Mar 18-25

Mar 18-25

N/A

Thyme

Jan 27-Feb 24

Jan 27-28, Feb 11-24

Apr 8-29

Apr 11-26

N/A

Tomatoes

Feb 10-24

Feb 11-24

Apr 15-May 6

Apr 15-26

N/A

Watermelons

Mar 10-18

Mar 13-18

Apr 22-May 6

Apr 22-26

N/A

Zucchini

Mar 10-25

Mar 13-25

Apr 22-May 6

Apr 22-26

N/A

 

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