April is National Gardening Month and we’re excited to start planting! Gardeners know, and research confirms, that nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve, kids perform better at school, and community spirit grows. Join the celebration and help to make Napa Valley a greener, healthier, more livable place! Plus, gardening is a great way to get your kids to connect with nature and eat more veggies! Not sure what to plant and when to plant it? UC Master Gardeners has a helpful vegetable planting calendar.

Forni-Brown Gardens Spring Plant Sale
1214 Pine Street, Calistoga
Thur-Sun until May 1; Thur-Sat until May 28 | 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Forni-Brown Gardens stocks many varieties of plants, mostly in 4-inch pots, with some gallons, five gallons, and six packs. Summer annuals include tomatoes, eggplants, squash (both winter and summer), cucumbers, melons, cantaloupes, sweet peppers, and hot peppers. Seeds for beets, corn, radishes, carrots, peas, beans and tuscan kale, plus a wide variety of lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers and melons are also available. Your kids (and you) will be amazed by the selection of heirloom tomatoes. No credit cards.

Big Ranch Farms
2046 Big Ranch Rd., Napa
Wed-Sun in April; Tues-Sun May-Nov | 10 am-6 pm
Owned and operated by Napa locals Mark and Teresa Haberger, Big Ranch Farms has been in business since 1994. In addition to their own farmstead on Big Ranch Rd., you’ll regularly find them at the farmers’ market where you can purchase freshly harvested vegetables. At the farm, they have a nursery of starter vegetable and herb plants and they offer starters for everything they grow, and more. Currently, they have lots of strawberries, some onions, beets and maybe artichokes if lucky (they are awesome…especially the purple ones). That’s all the edibles for now but lots more to come.

Tomato Plant Sale & Education Day
1710 Soscol Avenue, Napa
Saturday, April 23 | 9 am-noon (or when they sell out)
UC Master Gardeners of Napa County will host their 4th annual Tomato Plant Sale & Education Day, featuring more than 4,000 plants and 28 heirloom, popular and new varieties available for sale. Offerings will include Master Gardener grown healthy seedlings of fresh eating, sauce, paste and cherry tomatoes of many colors maturing early, mid or late season. A team of roving tomato experts will be on hand to answer your questions.

Additional places to purchase plants for your garden include:
Acres Home & Garden, St. Helena
DJ’s Growing Place, Napa
Mid City Nursery, American Canyon
Van Winden’s Garden Center, Napa