THIS WEEK IN THE GAR­DEN

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - IN THE GARDEN -

JOBS

Thin seedlings in mod­ule trays to de­sired num­bers per mod­ule.

Pot on tomato seedlings and other plants if they are ready.

Keep gar­den beds weed-free.

Sow sal­ads, scal­lions, cab­bage, Brus­sel sprouts, cal­abrese, beet­root and cel­ery in mod­ule trays on a sunny win­dowsill for plant­ing out­doors next month.

Hold off di­rect sowing car­rots un­til ground tem­per­a­tures have risen as they will just sit there and do noth­ing and may rot if con­di­tions are not right.

As­sess what herbs you have and what you would like to grow. Buy trans­plants of peren­nial herbs such as laven­der ad sage and sow an­nu­als such as pars­ley, dill, co­rian­der, chervil and basil in­doors. Re­mem­ber that basil will only grow-on if kept in­doors or in a poly­tun­nel.

WHAT’S ON

Sun­day Apr 21, 3pm — Veg­etable Grow­ing Work­shop. The Se­cret Gar­den, Newmarket, Co Cork. Cost: Free. This work­shop gives the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to muster up some mo­ti­va­tion af­ter the cold spring and catch up in the veg­gie patch. The fab­u­lous Tea Room at the Se­cret Gar­den nearly gives good enough rea­son on its own for vis­it­ing this award-win­ning gar­den cen­tre. Tel: 029 60084, www.thes­e­cret­gar­dener.com

Satur­day Apr 20, 2.30pm — GIY Cork Seedling Swap. Black­pool Al­lot­ments, Cork City. The aim of the seedling swap is for peo­ple to swap seedlings and leave with a ready made veg­etable gar­den to plant. If you have no seedlings to bring you are still wel­come to at­tend and it is also a great op­por­tu­nity to look around the renowned al­lot­ments. Email: giy­cork@gmail.com

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