"Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see,
the world hath more fools in it than ever"
Charles Lamb (1775Ė1834)
Mid-Atlantic Weather Watch: Fair and mild (1, 2) with showers and severe storms in the southern part of the region (3, 4); fair and cool (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) with more showers (10, 11, 12). Fair, windy, and cool (13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18) followed by periods of storms, some severe (19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27); fair and
mild (28, 29, 30).
Tornado Watch: The Almanack says be on the lookout for possible tornadoes coming from the southeast up to the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Full Moon: Aprilís Full Moon will occur on Tuesday, April 11th. It has been referred to by many Native American tribes as Fish Moon because the fishing starts to improve as the weather warms up. It has also been referred as Pink Moon because of the many pretty flowers displaying their bright pink hues as they bloom throughout the month.
Special Notes: April Foolís Day falls on Saturday, April 1st. Watch out for pranks and practical jokes that may be coming your way! Taxes are due on April 15th so be sure to get your taxes filed on time to avoid any penalties (and that nasty interest, too!). And never fear. If you cannot pay the full amount of taxes owed on the due date, you can request
an installment plan to help spread the tax liability easily over several months. Earth Day is observed on Saturday, April 22nd. Call the Earth Day Network at 202-518-0044 or go to www.earthday.net for some interesting, fun, and easy activities that you and your family can do that will help promote a healthier relationship with Mother Earth!
Holidays: Palm Sunday falls on April 8th in 2017. Good Friday follows on April 14th and Easter is celebrated on Sunday, April 16th.
The Garden: Now is the time to do some serious Spring "cleaning" in the garden. Trim back dead foliage and gather up winterís detritus, such as small branches and excess leaves. Trees and shrubs like Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Spiraea, and Viburnums planted, if planted now, will provide some beautiful late Spring color. Set out annuals and other perennials
now. Cool season vegetables, such as spinach, lettuce, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, and beets can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked. A good test of "soil readiness" is to take a handful of soil and squeeze it. If it remains in a ball, itís too moist and should be allowed to dry further. If it crumbles, start planting!