April

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Hopefully the earth has now warmed up enough to get on with plenty of seed sowing and transplanting.

Sow short rows for succession and long rows for main crops that will stay there for the rest of the summer. As there is still the danger of frost damaging young crops organise frost protection at the end of the rows to cover them in an emergency.

Vegetables.

  • Now is a good time to plant out new asparagus and globe artichoke crowns.
  • If you are planting jerusalem artichokes don’t plant them where they will shade other plants.
  • Plant second and maincrop potatoes, Earth up first earlies if necessary.
  • Transplant leeks
  • Support earlier sown broad beans and peas.
  • Sow peas, carrots, parsnips, French beans(end of the month), beetroot, lettuce, radish, spinach outside.
  • Hoe between rows of plants and seedings at every opportunity.
  • Harvest Leeks, parsnip, spring cabbage and sprouting broccoli.

Fruit

  • Inspect gooseberries for first signs of gooseberry mildew, spray with suitable fungicide to control.
  • Check plants latter for sawfly caterpillars and spray with a suitable insecticide or Dipel.
  • Control weeds around the bases and crowns of plants.

 Pests and Diesease.

  • Greenfly and whitefly numbers will be increasing now both outdoors and under glass. Spray with appropriate insecticide or insecticidal soap to knock them down.
  • Keep an eye out for the early signs of pests and disease. If you are spraying please only use in the evenings when bees and other beneficial insects are safe. Don’t spray over open fruit blossom.