The month of ‘All Systems Go’ every thing suddenly starts to burst in to growth as the soil warms up and the suns strength increases.
On an allotment or in the vegetable garden this is probably the busiest month of the year for the serious vegetable gardener.
Its all too tempting to sow all the seeds you can in one large batch. The down fall in this is that they all need pricking out, thinning or potting on all at the same time, and if there is a cold snap later on in the month they all need adequate protection.
Work out which seeds need the longest growing season, (the sowing to harvest dates are usually on the seed packet) and sow these first.
The faster maturing varieties can be sown a few weeks later.
This shift system gives you more time and room in the greenhouse/frame which is always at a premium at this time of year.
Protect vulnerable plants from the cold night temperatures with cloches or garden fleece. But remember to ventilate/remove these on warm sunny days.
Watering and ventilation are the trickiest things to judge in the greenhouse.
Try to water in the morning so the plants/seedlings are not stood in cold wet compost during the lower temperature of night time.
Good ventilation is essential to provide a buoyant growing atmosphere, but remember to close the vents at night.
Finish planting potatoes this month, and protect the tops of any early varieties that have come through from late frosts with fleece or earthing up.
Apply a good general fertilizer to beds that are to be planted in the next few weeks.
Erect sturdy supports for climbing peas and beans, don’t skimp on this, the crop is always twice as heavy than you think.
April is time to dig out and check the crop protection netting, this will be needed once planting of peas,brassicas etc gets underway.
- Salad Leaves
- Kohl Rabi
- Broad Beans
- Runner Beans (under protection)
- Dwarf Beans (under protection)
- Cabbage (summer & winter)
- Brussels Sprouts
Newly planted Strawberry plants will give a better crop next year if this years flowers are picked off, and the plant allowed the establish.
Weed around the base of cane fruit whilst new growth is still small and the ground accessible. Mulch the area with well rotted manure to conserve moisture and suppress any weed growth.