There’s nothing quite like April’s sight of “a host of golden daffodils” to lift the spirits and make us think of warmer days to come. The days are growing longer and warmer by now, so it’s another busy month in the garden. However the weather can still be quite unpredictable with dry windy spells and wet or showery days and with a possibility of night frost, gardeners need to continue to protect vulnerable plants and shrubs.
Plant Pear and Plum trees now, preferably on a sunny south facing wall or trellis and train them as a wall cover.
The protection from the wall will help to ripen the fruit earlier and encourage stronger growth.
Mid April is a great time to plant fruit. Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries are great choices for any garden.
Vegetables that can now be directly planted into the garden include Cabbage, Green Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts and Leek plants and all types of lettuce.
Plant apple trees now – I recommend the Apple Family Tree. This is two varieties of eating apples which have been grafted onto one tree. You can grow your family apple tree in a pot or directly into the garden soil.
For salad onions sow some White Lisbon lightly into well prepared ridges or borders outdoors. White Lisbon will produce bunches of rich green, great tasting salad onions from June to late autumn with regular sowings.
French Bean seeds can now be sown indoors in gentle heat. Hestia is an excellent early dwarf variety, producing long, straight and stringless pods from early summer. The flavour is excellent and it works well planted in containers or in a small garden.
Apply a product such as OSMO Pro 6 tree and shrub fertiliser to encourage strong growth and provide a rich green colour to your garden plants.
Plant Sweet Pea plants now in large containers or directly out into the garden soil for sweetly scented blooms all summer long. Sweet Peas are ideal for covering trellis, wire or netting Remember to feed your Sweet Peas every two weeks with One Plant Food.
Change your pink Hydrangeas to rich red or blue by adding a sprinkle of Hydrangea Colourant crystals to the base of existing Hydrangeas. Simple sprinkle the crystals onto the soil directly under the Hydrangea stems and repeat in mid May.
Rhododendrons are bursting into flower and now is a super time to plant them in your garden. They are available in a wide choice of colours and types and many are ideal for planted containers or shrub borders.
Feed all tomato plants from the end of April with Tomato Fertiliser every two weeks.
Replacement hedging plants of Green Privet, Portugese and Green Laurel can be planted now to fill in gaps or replace damaged plants in your existing hedge. It’s also a great time to plant a new hedge in your garden.
Wildflower meadow seeds can be sown now to create a wildflower meadow or patch in your garden. Wildflower mixes contain a selection of beautiful flowering wild flowers including Poppies, Cornflowers, Foxgloves and many more to add colour and interest to your garden.