With spring in full force, the garden becomes a hive of activity in April. The birds are busy collecting twigs to build their nests, the blossom trees are bursting with colour against the blue sky, bulbs are starting to flower and a tonne of seeds are being planted in veg patches across the country.
Today I thought I’d share a few gardening tips I’ve picked up along the way, which will help you in the garden this month.
I love this month for all the seeds you can start to sow both outdoors and in the greenhouse, such as beetroot, beans, carrots, courgettes, tomatoes, radishes, kale, peas and sweetcorn.
A few things to remember about sowing your first lot of seeds. Remember to check the seed packet instructions for how, when and where to sow. After you’ve planted them, pop a label in so that you remember what those seedlings are when they start to appear. Also, don’t forget to cover your seeds with netting to protect from birds.
This month is a busy one for birds as they build their nests in a matter of days and it doesn’t take much to help them. Simply leave those grass cuttings, twigs, straw and any other small bits of garden detritus around for them to gather. They also use hair and feathers, so you could empty your brush or a dog comb into a bush for the birds to use.
All those daffodils, pansies and spring bedding plants will have finished blooming by now, so start deadheading them by simply snipping off the flower heads. If you keep up with this then some flowers will continue blooming throughout the spring and into early summer. You can use this trick throughout the summer months too for a constant supply of colourful blooms.
Frosts and pests
Even though the sun may be shining it can still be cold at night, so keep those young seeds and seedlings covered by using a garden fleece or blanket. If you have a green house, garage or space in the house, bring any pot plants indoors for the night and put them back out in the morning so that they get plenty of light and don’t over heat.
As it warms up aphids can multiply in numbers and demolish plants. Whether you prefer to use a chemical or non-chemical treatment, remember to keep on top of them and look out for other garden pests too; the earlier you spot them the better chance you have of not being infested.
I hope you find these tips helpful. What plants are you growing this year? Do you have any nifty gardening tips you can share? We love to hear from you, so do get in touch via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.