GARDENING TIPS FOR APRIL

March 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm 1 comment

Before you start your new vegetable plot you need to clear it of weeds.

If you are not using the newly-prepared area straight away, cover it with black plastic or cardboard to keep it weed-free.

Remember the weeds are springing into action, so keep the hoe going. A hoe is the best friend a gardener can have. Just slide it back and forth slightly below the surface of the soil and you’ll stop the weed seedlings in their tracks.

Plants you can sow under cover or indoors in the next two weeks:

  • Basil
  • Beans (French)
  • Coriander
  • Courgette
  • Cucumber
  • Dill
  • Marigold
  • Marjoram
  • Marrow
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Pepper
  • Sage
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tarragon
  • Tomato (Cherry)
  • Tomato (Regular)

Plants you can sow outdoors or plant out over the next two weeks:

  • Beetroot
  • Bok Choy
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage (Chinese)
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Leek
  • Lettuce (Headed)
  • Lettuce (Loose Leaf)
  • Mangetout
  • Onion
  • Onions (Red)
  • Parsnip
  • Peas
  • Potatoes (Maincrop)
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onion
  • Swiss Chard

Easter is the traditional potato planting time.

When you get your seed potatoes you should put them in a cool place where they get some light but not direct sunlight. A north facing window is ideal. The potatoes will then grow short stubby shoots, which will get them off to a fast start when planted out. Some people suggest rubbing off all but three shoots to help get larger potatoes.

To plant you can just make a hole with a trowel and pop the seed potato in.  You want it to be about 100mm deep. You then pull the soil from the sides to cover the potatoes.  As the plants grow you need to draw the earth from the sides of your rows over the plants.  In dry weather keep them well watered. They produce a lot of crop and need their water.

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  • 1. Liz Cranwell ward  |  April 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Hi , don’t forget house pipe ban starts midnight on Wednesday . Fill up any containers you have now ……….
    Put guttering up around shed roofs or run offs and divert it into a water butt .
    Use water sparingly and use a fine hose spray to cover the soil evenly and accurately ………grow drought resitant varieties and mediterean types ,herbs and smaller baby crops that need less water to survive . Baby crops also mature faster so you can regrow another crop in the late summer for late Autumn or spring harvesting ,Liz c ward .

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