Things You Should Be Doing in Spring “April 2019”
It’s early April so it’s time to plant your mange tout, broad beans, beetroot, lettuce, parsnips, onions, peas, spinach, radish, turnips and herbs under cloches. You can also plant Brussel sprouts, summer cauliflower and cabbage in a seedbed (ready to move them in May). Potatoes – Plant out potatoes in late…
Plant fast-growing flowers directly into the ground for summer colour. Zinnias, Cosmos and Snapdragons all produce great flowers. Bedding plants can be moved out from the greenhouse into the soil beds, but keep the fleece handy for late frosts.
Give bulbs a good watering when the buds begin to appear. This will encourage larger blooms and taller stems.
Get your clematis to grow up a fence, wall or host plant by placing four canes in the soil (around the plant) and tying strong shoots to it with garden twine. Now is the perfect time to plant out young Sweet Peas for a scented summer.
Plant hanging baskets with your favourite summer flowers. Place your baskets outside after the last frost to get used to the temperature and water daily. If you’d prefer, you can buy pre-planted hanging baskets at Homebase.
Start to feed citrus plants and if you’ve got a fig tree give it a good prune.
It’s important to get the climate right in your greenhouse. So on warm days open the vents to reduce humidity and help prevent the spread of disease.
Give formal hedges a trim when they’re growing well. Once the hedge is cut to the desired shape, water and mulch the base of the plant.
You don’t need a lot of space to grow herbs. So start planting your favourite varieties in containers and place in a sunny spot. Check out Homebase for a great range of herb seeds.
Give your lawn a weekly trim. This will keep the grass thick, green and free of weeds. After mowing, trim any grass that overhangs the edges.
Perennials (winter surviving plants)
As the weather warms up, weeds can quickly take over. Remove weeds with a hoe to prevent them from competing with your plants. Give emerging plants an instant boost with a thick layer of mulch. This will trap in moisture and help prevent beds from drying out during the summer.
Give your hungry plants a good feed.
Spring is a good time to re-pot shrubs with fresh compost (try using John Innes No 3 for long term planting). Lightly cut back the roots, if the plant is has become pot-bound. Make sure you feed hungry shrubs with water and fertiliser if needed.
Bring the wow factor to your garden with a Japanese Maple (Acer). These stunning trees turn a beautiful shade of gold and red in the autumn, and the new growth in late spring has a really vibrant colour too. Available in selected Homebase stores in April & May. Note: Water all…
Now is the time to get your potatoes out. It’s also a good opportunity to plant tomato, courgette, beetroot, peas and asparagus seeds. You could also try growing chillies and peppers in small containers. For a quicker way to get growing, take a look at Homebase’s range of young vegetable plants…