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Seasonal Ideas for April: Recipes, Gardening, Folklore

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April 2015 is the first full month of spring! We hope that your sky is bright and clear, and your grass is growing green. In celebration, check out some of our recipes, gardening tips, and folklore of the season.

Oh, how fresh the wind is blowing!
See! The sky is bright an clear,
Oh, how green the grass is growing!
April! April! Are you here?

—Dora R. Goodale (1866-1953)

Calendar

The Latin word aperio, meaning "to open or bud," gives us the name April.

This year, Passover , a weeklong Jewish festival, begins at sundown on April 3. What is Passover?

April 3 is also Good Friday with Easter Sunday falling on April 5. The dates of Easter are tied to the full Moon and the vernal equinox (not the civil calendar). Read more about the way the Easter dates are calculated here.

Spring festivals around the world abound, from Earth Day to Arbor DayWhat is Arbor Day? A Forest of Facts

On the 24th, we celebrate the birthday of Robert B. Thomas, the founder of The Old Farmer's Almanac

See our monthly calendar page for more holidays and events.

Recipes for the Season

Springtime brings the first crops of the season. See a few recipes below:
Sauteed Fiddlehead Ferns
Spring Vegetable Salad
Sorrel Linguine With Spring Peas, Green Garlic, and Fresh Ricotta

Click for more Spring Recipes using seasonal ingredients from across North America!

Gardening

Does the warmth of spring turn you thoughts to gardening? It does ours!
Monthly Gardening Jobs
Make a Container Gardening Planter
Plant Guides to Roses, Flowers, and Shrubs
Plant Guides to Vegetable, Herbs, Fruit
Starting Your Garden

Everyday Advice

Are you daunted by the thought of a top-to-bottom spring cleaning? Here are some tips to help.
Make Your Own Cleaners
Homemade Cleaners for Carpet, Floor, Glass, Drains
Fix House Problems

 

Birds & Fishing

Enjoy the signs of spring! 
Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat
What Birds Have You Seen? (Blog)
Best Fishing Days for April

 

Sky Watch

The Full Pink Moon rises on April 4. Enjoy April Full Moon facts and folklore.

This year, the 4th also brings a total eclipse of the Moon—partly visible from North America. See our eclipse page.

Find more night sky highlights at our April Sky Watch.

Folklore for the Season

April showers bring May flowers.

When April blows his horn, It's good for both the hay and corn.

If the first three days in April be foggy, rain in June will make the lanes boggy.

A cold April the barn will fill.

 

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