The greenhouse should be getting full by now with seedlings for future crops, as well as ground work needed now for your kitchen garden herbs... Welcome to Jobs in the garden for April.
Jobs In The Garden In April...
Top 5 Jobs - Vegetables
1. On Cue
Now's the time to get sowing cucumbers, as well as other crops associated with Summer - courgettes and summer squashes are ideal. Sow 2cm deep and keep on a warm windowsill for best results.
2. April Means Beans
French beans and Runner beans need to be tucked up in the warm when you sow, so indoors in pots would be good - sow now for a late July harvest.
3. Fennel Fennel
There's nothing better than seeing fennel growing on the plot - if April is warm enough, then best to sow outdoors - but cover with fleece if it gets cold.
4. Bye Bye Kale
It is the end of the season now for this Marsala Rama favourite, so make sure you harvest as much as possible before the end of the month - or before the pigeons get them.
Any early potatoes sown will start to be showing now so make sure to earthen up - mound the soil around the stem of the plant to stop the potatoes going green and, ultimately, poisonous.
Jobs In The Garden in April - Grow Your Own Tips...
Top 5 Jobs - Herbs
1. Fennel Fronds
As well as being an amazing veg, you can grow this for their fronds - they can grow very tall so keep in mind when planning your plot.
2. Creeping Mint
Mint loves to creep - it will spread and spread if you let it. All is not lost though - plant in your plot, within a sunken pot - the roots cannot spread and therefore it keeps contained and trained.
3. Young Shoots
Herbs such as coriander, basil and marjoram planted in February and March will start to be in bloom - and the young leaves are the best - simply cut and come again.
4. Front Of House
With Fennel firmly at the back of the class, some herbs grow low so need to be at the front of the plot in full sun - think marjoram and thyme which will spread low.
5. Wild About Garlic
Foragers will be absolutely raving now, as the wild garlic (ramsons) will be in full bloom. You can pick the flower buds before opening (we pickle them), picj the flowers themselves or shred up the leaves - delicious.
Top 5 Jobs - Fruit
1. Too Hot To Handle
If you have brought in pot based citrus trees for the Winter, now is the time to put them back outside - they don't like hot greenhouses believe it or not, so move onto your patio.
2. Net A Good Bet
The buds on your fruit bushes might be making an appearance now (such as Marsala Rama favourite, the gooseberries) so net them now so the birds don't make them dinner.
3. Red Berry Joy
Early strawberries will be coming into fruit at this time so once they are red (not before) pick them, stalks and all.
4. Twisting My Melon
They may be a huge crop to house but to grow your own melons such as Cantaloupe on your plot is an amazing site - sow now in small plots, spare the water and enjoy come September.
5. Cold-Stored Strawbs
if you didn't get around to sowing strawberries then you can order cold-stored plants - simply buy online and place into deep pots, with plenty of compost - you'll have fruit within two months or so.