In The Vegetable Garden This April

Prepare vegetable seed beds by removing all weeds.

Dig a 5cm (or more) layer of compost, well-rotted manure or green waste into beds.

Harvest asparagus spears when they’re no more than 18cm tall.

Thin carrot seedlings to achieve good-sized carrots, do this in the evening when fewer carrot flies are around.

Cover prepared soil with sheets of black plastic to keep it drier and warmer in preparation for planting.

Bulid rasied beds to take the bending out of growing vegetables.

Pot up tomato seedlings when they develop true leaves above the more rounded seed leaves.

Chit and plant out second early potatoes in the first half of the month, maincrop potatoes in the second half.

Top Tip:

Support pea and bean plants now. For quick and easy pea supports, push some twiggy sticks around your plants.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Keep weeds at bay using 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.