THIS WEEK IN THE GARDEN
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org