In April, plant pole and bush snap beans as well as pole and bush
lima beans. Plant butter pea seeds, collards, sweet corn, cucumber,
summer and winter squash, mirliton (chayote), okra, southern peas,
hot peppers, pumpkin and watermelon.
If you still want to plant leaf lettuce, mustard and radish, you have
the whole month in the northern part of the state, but only the first
couple of weeks in the southern part.
Some crops can be transplanted now - tomatoes, eggplants, hot
peppers, bell peppers, cantaloupes and sweet potato slips.
Koske says to be sure to locate the garden in an open, sunny location
with good drainage. An open space allows extra air flow to help keep
disease down and pollination up. With a breezy exposure, you may need
to pay more attention to watering, but mulch will help conserve
moisture a lot.
If soils are heavy and wet, build high rows so that better drainage
and soil aeration will promote active root growth.
For information on related topics, look for Gardening and Get It
Growing links in the Feature section of the LSU AgCenter Web site:
www.lsuagcenter.com. Additional yard and garden topics are available
from an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office.