Planting by the Signs April 2021

spring gardening

We’ve had some cold weather in Brasstown over the last few days and it’s not supposed to move out until early next week.

The seedlings in the greenhouse are making it just fine. The spring veggies we’ve already planted outside can withstand some cold so they’re holding up okay too.

I am anxiously awaiting the moment when we can safely begin to plant other things without fear of the cold, but we’ve still got a ways to go before that time arrives.

Here’s my favorite planting by the sign days for April.

  • Taurus: good for all root crops and above ground crops 12, 13, 14
  • Cancer: best for planting above ground and root crops 17, 18, 19
  • Scorpio: best for flowers and above ground crops 26, 27
  • Pisces: Good for planting and transplanting above ground crops, trees and shrubbery 7, 8, 9


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  • Reply
    Ed Ammons
    April 3, 2021 at 11:18 am

    It has been so cold the past few days here that I’ve gone back into hibernation. Wake me up when Spring really gets here. If I won’t wake me up just cover me up.

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    Margie G
    April 3, 2021 at 9:58 am

    You know I kind of blew off your ideas of planting but seeing as your garden does so well I may oughta start listening to you, Tipper. So I will. BTW, I picked up on each seed in its own little cup and so next year (if I’m alive Lord willing) I will do that too. You’re a really smart woman, Tipper. I make good cornbread now because of your videos and the family is grateful to you I’m certain. Now if we can get decent gravy made, I may become popular at breakfast. God bless all this fine day the Lord has made!

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    April 3, 2021 at 9:11 am

    It was 30 degrees when I got up this morning and 28 yesterday morning. I’m sure the fully bloomed fruit trees froze and we will have another year without fruit in this area. I rarely ever plant anything in my garden until May. I did write the information you provided on my calendar just in case the weather is favorable.

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      Sanford McKinney Jr
      April 3, 2021 at 12:22 pm

      My wife’s Grandparents never planted their garden until May 10th. Her Grandfather said there was always a “cold spate” in the first ten days of May. Their garden was always the most beautiful and productive of any in the area that I saw when growing up in NE TN. I wasn’t a part of the family then, so I do not believe my observation of their garden was biased.

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    Ron Stephens
    April 3, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Very glad you sent this just now. I have some plants bought and much of my garden limed, fertilized and the rows laid off. Somewhere I read to do that two weeks before planting. There was no reason given but I’m guessing it is to let rain spread them through the soil. Now I know I would like to get my planting all done (except repeat plantings) on April 12th. I also have some rooted azalea cuttings to outplant so those 7,8,9 dates will be just right for that.

    I’ll just need to write in my garden journal what I do by the signs so I can see how things turn out. I need every edge I can get. Now if there was just an anti-leaf-footed bug sign…

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    Sanford McKinney Jr
    April 3, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Good for planting and transplanting above ground crops, trees and shrubbery 7, 8, 9
    I have always heard that any month which contains an R is a good month to set out trees and shrubbery?
    I do not know if that theory has any scientific proof?

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    Ray Presley
    April 3, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Well, shucks, I had tentatively planned on setting out some Dahlia bulbs in early April, but now I guess I’ll just be patient a bit longer. It was only 23 degrees at 7:30 this morning, enough to chill the groundhog.

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