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April is the perfect month to prepare your garden for the summer

In April the days start to get noticeably longer making it the perfect time to get ready for the summer. If you want to get started on your garden here are a few tasks that you can take care of now.

First of all, as the ground starts to inch closer to 6C you can start thinking about sowing some beetroot, salad, and annual herbs like rocket and dill. You can also start to plant some of the hardier annual such as Nigella, Pictorial Meadow mixes, and Larkspur. If the soil still seems cold to the touch you might want to toss some fleece over the seeds since it will help to hold some heat in.

Half-hardy annuals can also be sown during April, bit you will want to sow them under cover. You can use small pots or trays and then you can transplant them when the weather warms up after the first leaf has come in. You should be able to sow a few seeds into each pot but larger seeds like Tagetes, Ipomoea, or squash will need to be reduced to pairs in larger 10cm pots.

If you plan on turfing this year then April is a great time to get started. You will want to work from boards to hold your weight without destroying the turf. Stagger the joints the same way that you would if you were placing bricks into a wall.

If the spring turns out to be dry you may need to water the turf a bit to keep it from curling up along the edges. Finally during April you can start to apply tonics to roses to help feed their foliage. You can do this by using Sulphur Rose tonic that will help them bounce back vibrant and full this spring.



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