Early April means it's time to plant cool season crops such as peas, radish, cabbage and lettuce, but only if your soil is “ready to be worked." This means you must test the soil to make sure it isn't waterlogged.
The end of March is still too early to plant seeds of warm-season crops such as beans, squash or tomatoes outdoors, but you can jump-start your spring by starting seeds of tender plants indoors for setting out in mid May when all danger of frost has passed.
Now is a good week to buy and plant new perennials, rock-garden plants, bare root roses, raspberry plants, strawberries, fruit trees and early flowering shrubs such as forsythia, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.
Air quality should continue to improve as onshore flow pushes marine air into the Pacific Northwest, according to the National Weather Service. The latest smoke forecast shows continued improvement Thursday, Aug. 15, was some lingering smoke aloft.