What to do now - April

  • Even though the soil is warming up, ready for planting and the sun is shining. Keep an eye on the weather forecast (see front page of our web site for our local weather) throughout the month of April and even into May. As a cold snap/frost can still happen at any time. In fact it has been known to snow in the south east. So keeping horticultural fleece or any similar cover protection near by in cast of a cold snap, is well worth it.

  • Keep on hoeing those weeds to keep on top of them.

  • Onion sets and shallots need to be planted now, as they need a long growing period in the ground.

  • Here are a few vegetable seeds that can been sown directly into soil during this month:-

      Peas

      Carrots

      Parsnips

      Leeks

      Beetroot

      Radish

      Lettuce

      and some Cabbages

  • If you did not feed the following with Sulphate of Potash in March:-

      Raspberries

      Gooseberries

      Red/Black/White Currants

      Strawberries

      Apples

      Pears

      Plums

      Do this, this month, the fruit that will be produced later                 will really benefit from a feed after the winter months.

  • Remember the bees and sow/plant some flowers e.g. wildlife or cornfield/meadow mixture.

      They will thank you by pollinating your fruit and vegetables l        later.

  • Keep food and water out for the birds.

 

Tip of the month:-

Try making your own compost as the soil will benefit from all the nutrients that are produced from homemade compost. See our web site for information.

Web sites for the month:-

www.twowest.co.uk

www.glovespecialists.co.uk

Wildlife web sites of the month:-

www.meadowmat.com

www.birdsand bees.co.uk

Books of the month:-

Moon Gardening By John Harris rrp £12.99

Mindfullness in Gardening By Holly Chapel rrp £14.99