In The Greenhouse This April

Prick out seedlings growing in pots and trays as soon as they produce their first true leaves

Sow sweet peas in deep pots and keep them frost-free in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill

Sow quick-growing microgreens, such as kale and mustard, for nutrient-rich pickings in just a few weeks

Transplant greenhouse tomatoes into growing bags or large containers and tie in the stems to supports

Plant up hanging baskets and pots with summer bedding, but keep indoors until after the last frost

Open greenhouse doors and vents on warm days, or install automatic vent openers, to improve air circulation

Prepare beds for the growing season. Dig in a 5cm (or ore) layer of compost or well-rotted manure. You can also work gereral-purpose fertilser, such as pelleted chicken manure or fish, blood and bone.

Top Tip:

Give your greenhouse a thorough scrub with hot soapy water This will get rid of pests and diseases and let more light in

This Month's Key Tips
  • Keep weeds at bay with a weedkiller.
  • Tie in climbing plants for extra support.
  • Plant out new strawberry beds.
  • Sow hardy annual seeds directly into the ground.
  • Start to mow the lawn more regularly.