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Garden Calendar - April

April

As plants in the garden put on new leaf growth and spring bulbs, shrubs and fruit trees provide attractive blooms it's time to get your hands dirty and get stuck in to some real gardening!

As evenings start to get longer it's time to get those burgers sizzling on the grill by having your first barbecue of the year

Beds and Borders

  • Weeds are the first job to be tackled if you are going to have a clean and tidy garden this spring.
  • If they are left to grow unfettered they will swamp your flower border robbing the soil and the surrounding plants of available nutrients, moisture and space.
  • If they are left to grow unfettered they will swamp your flower border robbing the soil and the surrounding plants of available nutrients, moisture and space

Patio Gardening

  • If you have a conservatory or greenhouse it's time to plant up hanging baskets and patio pots using the seedlings you planted in March.
  • Use colours that match and you can create a delightful combination of blending colours that will please the eye.
  • Go for contrasting hues and you will attract more interest for your bold use of colour.

Lawncare

  • After a really cold winter laced with plenty of heavy rainfall and a period under snow, lawns in most areas of the country are looking a sorry sight.
  • Spiking areas that could be infected by disease will improve drainage and help to halt their spread.
  • After you have cut your lawn in April apply a grass seed by walking up and down the lawn to scatter the granules evenly over the area and the jobs done. It should take you no longer than 10 minutes to treat the average sized lawn.

Vegetables and Herbs

  • It's a busy time as there are plenty of seeds to be sown including.
  • Broad beans
  • Beetroot
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Leeks
  • Onion sets
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Turnip.

Fruit

  • It's time to feed gooseberries, redcurrants, apples and pears with a general plant food.
  • Similarly the fast growing fruit such as blackcurrants, loganberries, blackberries and raspberries will all need some generous feeding so that they can give of their best.

Top Tip

Sowing seeds in compost is the easiest way to start your own herb collection and you can find packets of basil, coriander, chives and parsley at your local Asda (see in-store page).