April – what a month? The days and nights are roughly equal in length at this time of year and the evening light can sometimes have that magical quality that reminds you that summer is on the way, and soon many more evenings will be whiled away outside!
However, looking around the garden at this time of year, quite a lot can seem ‘wanting’! So, here’s a list of what to do this month to get the garden looking tip top.
If there’s one thing to keep up with this month, it’s weeding. Keeping beds and borders weeded now, will save hours of frustration later in the year.
Protect fruit blossom…
Late frosts can ruin blossom, so where possible protect it with horticultural fleece. Early flowering fruits like apricot and peach are especially vulnerable in our erratic spring weather.
You can begin to sow hardy annuals, like sweetpeas, and herbs this month as the soil begins to warm up, particularly if you have light soil, though heavier soils may need longer to warm. You can also sow new lawns and re-seed bare patches.
Shrubs and roses…
Feed shrubs and roses and also tie in rambling and climbing roses to maintain their shape as they put on new growth.
Stake or support your herbaceous plants now, as they become established so that they don’t flop as they grow.
Take the old flowers of off daffodils and tulips along with any seedpods, and deadhead primulas and pansies. However, don’t cut the foliage from daffodils as they need to be left to die back naturally.
In the veggie-patch…
plant out chitted potatoes, and put up twigs and sticks to support peas as they grow.
Dig in a good layer of compost if you’ve not done so already.
Parsnips, radishes and carrots can be sown directly into the soil now. You can also plant out strawberry beds.
Last but not least, start looking out for pests and diseases as the weather warms!