April Gardening Tips
Spring has finally arrived and things are starting to grow in the garden. Days are brighter and hopefully the urge to garden has taken hold!
Nights can still be cold so it is important to protect fruit blossum from frosts. Use fleece over the plant if a frost looks likely. Trees, shrubs and hedging may be hungry and could benefit from a top dressing of a slow release fertiliser such as bonemeal.
Prune any shrubs that have finished flowering! Leave the rest alone!!!
Climbing and rambling roses, clematis and honeysuckle will be springing into life. Tie them into place and train them where you want them.
Daffodils, tulips and hyacinths will be finishing. They can be deadheaded in April. Any indoor hyacinths that have finished can be planted in the garden for a good show next year.
Perennials can be lifted and divided before they really get growing.
In the vegetable patch, plant out seeds direct such as carrots, parsnips, beetroot, cabbage and radish. Always follow the packet guidelines. Early potatoes that are chitted can be planted, followed by second earlies later in the month. Mound them up to protect them from frosts and from 'greening'.
Tomato plants will be appearing the garden centre now. These, and other bedding, must be protected from cold overnight temperatues, so are ideal in a greenhouse now.
Keep the weeds at bay (why do they always grow faster than the plants?).
Get the kids outside and enjoy the garden.