ON THE VEGGIE PATCH
April showers, April Fools’ Day, spring lambs, blossom, greening trees and hedgerows, birds nests, potato planting and best of all warmer and longer days. All good stuff, but I still think of April as the hungry month with plenty going on in the flowerbed but not much in the veg patch - except maybe, if you’re lucky, some lovely, early asparagus by the end of the month. There’s still a lot to be getting on with though . . .
You should have all your muck dug in and a good seed bed ready and waiting. But don’t jump the gun! Make sure the soil is warm enough before you start planting seedlings out. If not, everything will be just fine in either the greenhouse, cold frame or under cloches.
Plant and earth up your early and main crop potatoes, and put up pea sticks and canes for climbing beans.
Plant container-grown fruit trees and bushes.
Take offsets from established globe artichoke plants and plant out.
Most herbs can be planted out in April, but cover the more tender ones at night in case there is a frost.