Here’s what needs to be happening in the garden during April.
April is the cruelest month, breedingT.S.Eliot
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.
“Snow in April is abominable,” said Anne. “Like a slap in the face when you expected a kiss.”L. M. Montgomery
There is plenty to do in April, but here in the Borders we need to keep an eye on the weather forecast. Be ready to protect young plants from late frosts.
- Plant remaining potatoes, onions and shallots
- Continue sowing seeds, under cover and outdoors. Use the instructions on seed packets and follow the later times given. For example, if the packet says ‘sow in March/April’, go for April.
- Harden off hardy seedlings,
- Mix and aerate compost bins.
- Plant out hardy vegetables at the end of the month.
- Protect young plants from slugs.
- Cover summer brassicas and carrots with nets to protect them from flying insects.
- Continue weeding.