April: Compost

If your compost pile has thawed by the beginning of the month, now’s the time to give it a good stirring.At the end of the month, when the weather has improved and the garden is dry enough to work in, add a 1-2 inch layer of  well composted material (sweet smelling, crumbly and dark brown) to your garden beds, scratching it in lightly. Make sure that you are not putting against the stems or trunks of existing plants. When the earthworms wake up, they will pull that material further into the soil, helping you get ready for planting.