Appalachia Gardening

Planting By The Signs For April 2012

Planting By The Signs for April 2012
With the temperatures so unbelievable warm-it’s tempting to go ahead and plant veggies that I normally plant in late May. But my busy life is helping me resist the temptation-as is my planting by the signs way of gardening.

As I told you earlier in the month of March-I’m going to simplify my sign planting approach by concentrating on the most fruitful zodiac signs. I’ll be planting above ground crops under the sign of Cancer and root crops under the sign of Pisces.

Since the Cancer sign doesn’t roll around till the end of this month-I’ll be forced to ignore the beckoning call of the warm weather for a little while longer.

How about you-tempted to plant it all and be done-or will you be patient and wait a while longer?



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    April 5, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Ed-the body part for the sign of Cancer is the Breast and the body part for the sign of Pisces is the feet : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    April 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

    It’s been warm and nice here but I am still holding out that we may have another frost…it seems unlikely but it just feels too early to me…we’ll see

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    April 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I have one garden planted. And I am giving in to the temptation of planting another. Yesterday, I noticed rabbits scoping out my garden. I’m afraid it will be a test to get the green beans to grow. **sigh**

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    Missy Steiger
    April 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Here in WV my ground has been too wet. I would have put in potatoes and onions last month under the signs but we couldn’t get it tilled! I’m hoping to get them in this month. I’ve got two weeks to wait!

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    Ed Ammons
    April 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Why don’t you put the body part signs in your calender? My granma talked about the signs being in different parts of the body. She said if you make kraut when the signs were in the feet it would stink.
    That’s something else I kick myself for every day. I didn’t pay enough attention when I was young and now I have to learn it all over.

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    April 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I read with interest about you and your book in the Sunday Asheville Citizen Times column. Way to go. I told my husband, “Hey, I know her!” He asked where we met and then laughed when I told him we met on your blog. Neither a blogger or a blog reader, he just doesn’t get it.

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    susie swanson
    April 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Well We planted our taters but as far as the rest goes, we’re still waiting…Good post..

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    April 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Tipper, I’m laughing at myself after reading today’s blog. I always thought that planting “by the signs” had to do with nature’s signs rather than the signs of the zodiac. What a education I have. My brothers and Grandpa Joe would be ashamed of me!

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    April 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Glad you all are back from Kentucky. Try to rest up some!
    Thanks for the Planting Calendar,
    guess I won’t be plantin’ anything
    for awhile. I just ain’t got the
    energy to replant, so I ain’t
    gonna take any chances. Last year
    I was late planting but I followed
    your best days for planting and
    everything was just great…Ken

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    April 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I’m waiting because I have to buy more soil for the raised bed gardens. Why is it always really rainy when I need to do this?

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    B. Ruth
    April 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Most will think that is supposed to be infested with bugs…Naught..they have invested in Roys peppers and should draw interest in a week or so..LOL
    Thanks Tipper,

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    B. Ruth
    April 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Tempted!…Is that a song title?
    At any rate..the peppers Roy planted on a lark…just about 4
    is being invested with bugs…
    It is going to be a bad year for the 6 legged varmits…He has big black plast tubs he covers with in the face of a hard frost…Not then a long overnight freeze would probably do them in…even with the black buckets that hold warmth…
    We just love those Giant Marconi peppers…with the smoky flavor..just toss on the grill and turn a few times..yummmmmmmmm!
    Along with the squashes, taters and onions…I’m starving…Seems like we should be eatin’ grilled veggies with the temp. to go to 86 degrees here today…
    If we have a plague, Mercy Look Out!..
    Great Post Tipper,
    PS..Could I send you some stamps to help with the expense of mailing the trial seeds to be planted by the signs?

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    Pat in east TN
    April 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I’m anxious with this warmer weather, but being cautious and holding off a little longer. Thanks for the calendar Tipper. I appreciate it.

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    April 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I’ll be holding off a while yet. We had unseasonable high temps a couple of weeks ago (low 70s!) and then snow and ice several days last week. I’ve got a goat due to kid tomorrow and it’s supposed to be low 30s at night – last year she was a midnight mama and had some trouble, so I’m trying to keep an eye on her again. Interesting times!

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    Mary Shipman
    April 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Hubby and grandson got things in the ground early here. I see green beans and corn peeking out to see the sun this morning.
    Things are looking good here, but as Ed Ammons says, if it doesn’t do well now, there is still time.
    Hubby spent part of the weekend helping one of the other grandsons get his garden tilled and some seed in.
    It is good to see this 22 year old young man wanting to put out garden and his girlfriend wanting me to teach her to can and preserve things. Passing on the traditions!

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    April 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

    It won’t stop raining long enough to get the garden plowed here in KY. I think I will wait to plant most seeds closer to the end of the month as some are heirloom and hard to replace. The temperature is predicted to be 90 several days this week, making playing in the dirt awfully tempting.

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    April 2, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I’m tempted, but will probably wait a bit longer. We might still be in for a bit of the cold weather. Mother Nature can do strange things.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    April 2, 2012 at 8:26 am

    One year when I was little (I don’t remember which year it was), my daddy already had his entire corn crop in and it was up, growing well, in May. An unprecedented freeze and even snow hit in May, and that corn acreage was done in completely, frozen out. My daddy had no other alternative than to plant those acres again, for corn was one of our main farm crops. Even though he was a firm beleiver in planting by the signs, sometimes quirks in the weather patterns can set awry our best intentions and we have to start over again!

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    April 2, 2012 at 7:49 am

    The good thing about planting early is that you can re-do if you are planting your garden. Large scale planters might not be able to afford to replant. I jumped the gun and planted some cucumbers that I had started indoors because they were getting too big to manage inside. When I went back to water them two days later, bugs had devoured most of the leaves. Bugs will be a problem this year no matter when you plant, so be ready with the insecticide or what ever treatment you prefer.

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    Ed Ammons
    April 2, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Don’t forget it ain’t all about temperature. Yes the warm weather is ahead of schedule, but as far as I know, the sun is coming up and going down at the same time it did last year. I’d say go ahead and plant but make sure the sun loving plants can get enough. And if they fail, plant again. There is plenty of time.

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