Generally the weather in April is much the same as March, but given the unseasonably warm spell followed by some really bad snowy conditions, who can say! It’s generally true however that neither snow nor warm sunshine are particularly unusual this month and severe ground frosts at night still persist, so don’t be fooled into putting out tender plants.
Weather permitting then, there is plenty to be doing in the garden – lots of it involving fertiliser, so buy in a few tubs now. Even if some areas of the country are having to deal with a hose pipe ban!
Aerate and apply fertiliser – preferably kind and organic like our Vitalizer – and mow frequently if the ground is not too wet.
Apply plant food to roses, by hoeing it into the soil. Now is also the time to mulch rose beds with garden manure. There are some great rose tree and shrub composts available too.
Chrysanths and gladioli
Now is the time to start preparing beds for planting later in the year. Rake a general fertiliser like Vitalizer Plant Food into the ground or use a fish based manure on the gladioli bed.
Start planting seeds indoors or in the greenhouse and gradually moving the half-hardy seedling through to cold frames. There are several choices of peat-free and peat-reduced seed & cutting composts to choose from including peat-free versions of John Innes number one.
Grow Your Own Vegetables
Plant onion sets and salad crops. And start off your seeds for brassicas, peas and carrots.
It’s too early to plant them up and put them out, but you can start preparing with some specialist tub and basket compost ready for next month. Vital Earth’s Award Winning Tub and Basket Compost is ideal for this application