APRIL GARDENING TIPS – St Bridget Nurseries

April is characterised because the month of sunshine and showers. There’s rather a lot to really feel enthusiastic about as spring blossoms into its full glory, and tulips and flowering cherries adorn the panorama with bursts of color. Amidst the occasional wet days punctuated by sunny interludes, you possibly can flip your consideration to tending the vegetable plot. This month marks the start of out of doors sowing, heralding the anticipation of contemporary development. Nonetheless, it’s important to stay vigilant of late frosts, making certain the safety of tender vegetation indoors.

Listed here are our ideas for taking advantage of the month forward:

– Apply a rose fertiliser now to any roses you could have in your backyard and a excessive potash feed to flowering shrubs.

– Give your garden a spring feed now. There are various merchandise obtainable together with some mixed merchandise that feed and weed, saving you time.

– You’ll be able to plant your chitted seed potatoes this month beginning with first early varieties and ending with predominant crop varieties.

– You probably have a greenhouse, proceed your sowing of summer time flowering annuals and prick out any sowings you probably did final month transferring them up into bigger cells/pots. With any seedling you wish to encourage a pleasant compact root system so it pays to slowly enhance pot dimension. Usually seeds go from a seed tray to a divided cell tray or 6cm pot after which a 9cm pot earlier than planting out.

– In April you can begin feeding your indoor houseplants once more. Comply with the directions on the fertiliser you employ as you possibly can over fertilise vegetation.

– Direct sow annuals resembling sunflowers, pot marigolds and Californian poppies this month.

– You probably have a greenhouse it perhaps value investing in an automated vent opener. This straightforward system accommodates an oil and because the daytime temperature rises the oil expands which pushes the lever hooked up to your roof vent and thus opens the vent. Because the temperature drops within the night, the oil contracts and the vent closes. We promote these in our backyard centre.

– You might must restore patches of your garden this month. We promote small packets of grass garden seed or rolls of turf, that are all good for the job. Turf arrives on a Friday (topic to climate) and is accessible on the market every weekend solely,  so we all the time recommend calling to order rolls earlier than making a particular journey.

– If you’ll reduce your hedge, examine for nesting birds first and maintain off till all chicks have flown.

– Brighten up your backyard by planting some spring flowering shrubs and herbaceous perennials. Our greatest sellers final yr for April had been Evergreen Azaleas, Rhododendrons in addition to everybody preparing for late spring with Lupins, Scabious and Geums.

– Love blueberries however not the grocery store costs? Strive rising blueberry vegetation (Vaccinium corymbosum) in pots as many are partly or absolutely self fertile. Rising at the least two completely different varieties will guarantee cross-pollination and plentiful crops. Plant in an ericaceous compost as blueberries are acid loving. Water recurrently in dry spells and feed month-to-month with an ericaceous fertiliser – comply with the steerage on the label and don’t overfeed. You might must internet your vegetation to guard from birds.


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