Every month is there is something new to do and here are the Jobs in the Organic Garden in April. It has been the coldest Spring and every gardener is struggling with the weather. Usually, by now, my potatoes are in the ground but they are still on my windowsill.
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In the Organic garden in April
- As I do no dig I add a layer of compost, well-rotted manure or green waste into your beds to prepare for the growing season. You can always dig them in if you are a digger.
- Plant your chitted potatoes outside in the ground or in potato grow bags if you haven’t already.
- Harvest asparagus spears when they are no more than 18cm tall as they get woody.
- Thin your carrot seedlings to achieve good-size carrots. If you do this in the evening there are fewer carrot flies are around.
- Start to sow courgette, marrow, squash and pumpkin seeds under cover.
- Sow cucumbers and gherkins towards the end of the month, sowing the seeds in individual pots indoors or in a greenhouse
- Start kale seeds now under glass or directly into seed beds outdoors.
- Grow lettuce and sow successively for an on-going crop or try cut and come again lettuce
Things you can grow outside in April
- Sow beetroot seeds directly into well-prepared seedbeds outdoors.
- Sow broad beans directly into the ground for a delicious summer crop.
- Direct sow summer and autumn cabbages such as ‘Greyhound‘ into a prepared bed. Towards the end of the month, cauliflower can be sown outdoors too although I start mine inside.
- Sow herbs such as chives, coriander, dill and parsley directly into the ground or in containers indoors.
- You can sow carrots in rows outdoors. Carrots like a fine soil.
- Finish sowing leeks in their final positions outdoors.
- Plant out Strawberries, give the soil a good feed with plenty of well-rotted manure.
In the Organic Fruit Garden
Protect your blossoms from late frosts by covering them with fleece on cold nights.
Mulch fruit trees with well-rotted manure or garden compost taking care not to mound mulch up around the trunk as it can scorch them.
Apply an organic fertilizer around the base of your raspberry canes, fruit bushes and fruit trees to encourage good crops this season.
Spray the emerging leaves of peach and nectarine trees to prevent peach leaf curl. Sheltering your plants from the rain will also reduce the risk of peach leaf curl.
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In our Organic Kitchen garden this April
We have spring cabbages growing and they are doing okay considering the frosts. I am going to harvest the last of the Kale which is starting to reach the end and I want to prep that bed. Carrots are in the ground now and I want to start thining them out. Indoors the windowsills are covered with seedlings and this week I am pricking them out as they have their second leaves.
Also, Lidl has lots of grow your plants to get you started if you are new to growing your own. They have Tomatoes including Ailsa Craig, Gardener’s delight and Tumbler which are great varieties. They have courgette and cucumbers. I found lettuce and cabbages and Brussel sprouts. I also grabbed some strawberries as you can never have too many strawberries. And they have Rhubarb which is Timperly Early which I have in my garden and highly recommend.
Go get them before they die, which sadly happens to supermarket plants. Put the tomato, cucumber and courgette in the greenhouse or on the windowsill as it is still too cold to throw them outside.
I hope you enjoyed this post and you are tempted if you have never grown your own to give it a go. You can find other gardening posts here Organic Vegetable Gardening Posts on Snapshot and Snippets.
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