April is the month where the good life begins despite the weathers best attempt to spoil things. It’s the time of the year when life is starting all over the place, whether that’s animal or plant life.
The nights are getting longer and allow you to get into the garden after work. You will need this extra light as this month is a very busy time indeed for gardeners.
Most of your ground should be prepared for planting by now, but be mindful that if your soil is cold and damp, you’re better off waiting to put in crops that would rot off.
Pricking out and potting on seedlings will seem an endless task this month, but this will pay dividends later in the year. Don’t fall behind here, Put in the hours this month and reap the rewards later.
15 jobs for this month
- Potting on
- Protecting fruit blossoms from frost
- Feed citrus plants
- Finish feeding hungry trees, bushes and shrubs
- Increase watering schedule for houseplants
- Start thinking about pest control
- Plant summer flowering bulbs
- Unwrap tree ferns
- Sow a wildflower meadow
- Keep control of weed seedlings
- Rake out dead moss from your lawn
- Remove Blanketweed from ponds as it forms
- Clean walls, decks and paving to remove algae
- Clean the glass in your greenhouse
- Start building support structures for climbing plants
Seedlings require to be moved into larger pots if they are not going into their final planting spots. This task is something you should be very familiar with by now.
Protecting fruit blossoms from frost
Frost will kill fruit blossoms, It is important to protect these, It can be as basic as some fleece, or even spraying the trees with water and allowing it to freeze. This frozen blossom will be protected from the frost.
Feed Citrus plants
Citrus is wide awake now and will be putting on good growth. Feeding them with a well-balanced Citrus feed will really help them get off on a good footing.
Finish feeding hungry trees, bushes and shrubs
If you haven’t got around to feeding all your trees, bushes and shrubs, now is the last time you have in order to get a good feed into the ground. Select a high potash feed to produce good strong growth and fruit harvests.
Increase watering schedule for houseplants
Houseplants are waking in earnest now, With the extra daylight, they are putting on good growth. The temperatures are climbing and they now require more water. So slowly increase the schedule for this.
Start thinking about pest control
Pest can start to become an issue at this time of year. Greenfly, Blackfly, Thrips and mealybugs just to name a few. Their numbers increase rapidly due to a lack of predators as these have not started to populate our gardens yet. However, there are steps the organic gardener can do to take control of these pest species. Check out the video below.
Plant summer flowering bulbs
Summer flowering bulbs will need to be planted this month in order to give them time to establish and flower in late summer. If you miss this opportunity to plant you will have to wait until the following year for blooms.
Unwrap tree ferns
The wrapping for tree ferns and bananas can be safely removed now that the worst of the frost has passed. Carefully untie the fronds and allow the fern to rest for a few days before feeding.
Sow a wildflower meadow
There is nothing that screams summer more than a wildflower meadow, It takes me back to a time when I would run through meadows as a child wondering where all the flowers came from. Due to monocultures, these meadows have sadly disappeared but by sowing your very own now, you will benefit from the beauty and scent provided in summer.
Keep control of weed seedlings
This is one of the most important tasks this month. Not only are your plants growing, so are the weeds. But if you spend 10 minutes each time you are in the garden with a hoe, you can prevent them from taking hold. Hoeing off weeds at the seedling stage takes no effort and will save you months of anguish later.
Rake out dead moss from your lawn
Ever wondered why your lawn looks brown and not lush and green? Well, this is because you probably didn’t rake out the dead moss and thatch from it. Now is a perfect time to do this. take a rake or scarifier and go at it. Do not be afraid of how it looks after. Within weeks it will be beautiful and green.
Remove Blanketweed from ponds as it forms
Blanketweed in ponds can choke the ornamental plants that the pond has and stop you from enjoying the wildlife and fish that maybe there. Now is the perfect time to knock it on its head. Take a rake and scoop it out. Leave it on the side of the pond for a day or two to allow any wildlife to get back into the pond. After you may place it straight onto the compost heap.
Clean walls, decks and paving to remove algae
After winter your walls, patio’s decks and paths will all have gathered algae and debris. Jetwash these down and use a product similar to Algone which is organic to clean these. There is nothing better than walking up a clean path in summer.
Clean the glass in your greenhouse
If you haven’t completed this task yet. What are you waiting for? Get on and do it. All your seedlings need as much light as they can get. But as your starting to put plants outside, this gives you an opportunity to do it before the tomatoes, cucumbers and chillies are put in.
Start building support structures for climbing plants
Next month will be the final frost dates for a lot of places. This means a lot of climbers can go out by the end of May. This month is perfect to start constructing the temporary support structures for these plants. If you want to see how we build ours from canes check the video below out. It’s very strong and will stand up to any winds when built this way.
What you can sow this month
- Salad leaves
- Brussel Sprouts
- Swiss Chard
- Globe Artichokes
- Spring Onion
- Cape Gooseberry
- Runner Beans
- French Beans
- Dwarf Beans
What to Plant Out Now
- Jerusalem Artichoke
- Onion Sets
What to harvest now
- Spring Cabbage
- Spring Cauliflower
- Salad Leaves
- Sprouting Broccoli
There may be loads of greenery appearing in your tunnel or greenhouse, but don’t forget that frost is still about. Do not be tempted to place your seedling out too early and undo all your hard work.
There are loads of tasks to keep you entertained this month in the garden. So get yourself out to your gardens and get on top of them, When your at home you can relax a little and read more of my blogs, or watch more of my videos.
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