April hints and tips

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Here I am in the middle of March, writing this advice, and wondering if we shall ever have any warm dry weather.  However, I can see buds fattening on azaleas and magnolias and the earliest Prunus trees and Camellias are in flower. The main show for Spring-flowering shrubs is usually in April and May and it is sometimes worth lifting their canopies to allow spring flowering bulbs to show off underneath them (Scillas, grape hyacinths, anemones, Narcissi, and Cyclamen coum are good candidates).

best time for bluebells

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still, it is the time to get the kitchen garden going, now the soil is warming up.

  • You can sow beans, carrots, chard, brassicas, beetroot and peas outside, and pumpkins, courgettes and sweetcorn under glass.
  • In preparation for the beans, dig a deep trench and line it with newspaper and fill it with compost to hold moisture. Then erect a bean frame of hazel poles or bamboos for support.  Twiggier pea sticks will help the peas.
  • At the beginning of April, plant early potatoes and work through to main crop by the end of the month. (more…)