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The Vegetable Garden in April


The message is the same as last month: "Do not be tempted to sow / plant out too early, wait until conditions are ideal".

Plants sown / planted later have a way of catching up with those that were sown / planted earlier, this can be generally put down to soil temperatures, rather than ambient temperatures!

Plants sown / planted in cold soils are generally held 'in check' (stop growing) assuming they don't die off first!

Note: As with most advice on gardening the advisors location will often influence the content of the advice.

To alleviate this problem I have produced this chart indicating how you can make adjustments to the timing of events as seen in this website.

I hope you find this useful! .......Tg

Week 14 - 2nd Apr. to 8th Apr.

Cover beds with cloches to warm up the soil.

Prepare bed for Shallots and Spinach.

Plant out Shallots.

Feed established Chives.

Week 15 - 9th Apr. to 15th Apr.

Prepare Asparagus, Brassica, Onion and Sweet Corn beds if not done previously.

If weather and ground conditions allow plant previously chitted early Potatoes.

Sow Celery, Coriander and Turnip insitu and cover with cloches.

Week 16 - 16th Apr. to 22nd Apr.

Sow Chive seeds if soil conditions allow.

Prepare Endive beds if not done previously.

Plant out Asparagus crowns.

Prepare containers for Carrots.

Erect frame to support Runner beans.

Week 17 - 23rd Apr. to 29th Apr.

Prepare beds for Broad beans, French Beans, and Leeks if not done previously.

If weather and ground conditions allow plant previously chitted maincrop Potatoes.

Sow Chicory and Spinach insutu if soil conditions allow.

Check to see if forced Rhubarb is ready for harvesting.

Plant out early sowing of Spring Onions and cover with cloches.