April

General Maintenance

  • The weather should be warm enough by now to remove cloches from early sown hardy veg. These can be used for the next lot of tender crops this month.
  • Even at this early stage in the year if the weather is very dry you may have to regularly water newly sown/transplanted crops.
  • Thin out seedlings once germinated to the recommended spacing, carefully water the row afterwards to settle the remainder back in.
  • Put up Bean supports in readiness for planting next month.
  • Keep hoeing weeds out when the soil is dry.

Vegetables

  • Finnish planting early, second early and main crop Potatoes.
    Or earth up those that have started to show, to protect from frosts.
  • Sow the last summer Cabbage and start sowing winter Cabbage in a seed bed along with sprouting Broccoli and perennial Broccoli.
  • Sow late varieties of Brussels Sprouts for harvesting in the new year.
  • Make small successive sowings of Carrots, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Radish, spring Onions and other salad leaves.
  • Harden off and plant last months veg that were grown under glass, such as early Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower.

Fruit

  • Control weeds around cane fruit and mulch with well rotted manure.
  • Pick off flowers of newly planted Strawberries to allow the plants to establish fully in their first season.

Greenhouse

  • Sow Tomatoes, Aubergines and Peppers if not done so already.
  • Prick out any early sowings into small pots or cells.
  • Sow Cucumbers and Melons towards the end of the month, but these are very prone to damping off and stem rot, so care most be taken not to over water them.
  • Sow French and Runner beans at the end of the month, for planting out after hardening off, in late May.
  • Sow Squashes, Courgettes, Marrows and Pumpkins late in the month. For planting out at the end of May
  • Sow Sweetcorn in small pots or cells, pot on as they grow as they dislike being pot bound.