Jobs for the month: April

Now that we approach the start of Spring there is plenty to do in the garden or on the allotment.

A busy month for both sowing seeds under glass and planting out hardened plants. Still the possibility of frost until the end of the month. Final preparation of vegetable beds and continue to inspect fruit trees for disease etc.

This month’s saying: ‘Hoe when you can’t see a weed and one will never see a weed.’

Seeds to be sown – Indoors Planting Out Harvest Activity
Broccoli, Sprouts, Cauliflowers, Kohl Rabi, Swede, Parsnips, Kale, Carrots, Leeks, Courgettes, Cumbers, Peas, French Beans, Runner Beans, Broad Beans, Salad Leaves, Radish, Rocket, Spinach, Beetroot, Chard, Pumpkins, Marrows, Tomatoes,
Squash, Fennel, Sweet Corn.
Maincrop Potatoes, Cabbages, Beans, Peas. Those vegetables raised in the greenhouse/ Poly tunnel in pots. Last chance to plant out onions /Shallots. Artichokes, Asparagus Early Peas, Rhubarb, continue to harvest brassicas such as Broccoli, Spring Cabbages, Cauliflowers, Kale, Lettuce, Salad Leaves Spinach and Swiss Chard. Greenhouse grown potatoes. Final digging/ rotavating vegetable beds. Preparation of Runner bean trench. Harden off small plants. Continue weeding.
Seeds to be sown direct to soilFRUIT

Sow seeds outdoors if the soil is warm enough otherwise indoors or under cover. See instructions of the rear of seed packets.
Vegetables that can be sown outdoors: Beetroot, Carrots, Parsnips, Broad Beans, Potatoes, onions, shallots, leeks, Brassicas, Leaf Vegetables, most Herbs.

Inspect one’s fruit trees: Fruit tress do not thrive on neglect and need to be check over on a regular basis. Many problems begin small and if left unchecked can very soon become damaging. Nutrient deficient are often easily noticeable as are pest e.g aphids, birds etc and finally, diseases if
left can very quickly spread to other fruit trees with devastating results. Good strong, healthy trees is the best protection against many diseases.
Protect: Continue to protect fruit blossom against late frosts.
Pruning: Now is the time to prune figs, cherry and plum trees.
Feed: Blackcurrents and blackberries.
Strawberries: Plant out newly bought or pot grown runners. Be mindful of late frosts that may blacken flowers. Plants will benefit from a high potash feed and keep plants evenly watered whilst fruits are swelling.