ON THE VEG­GIE PATCH

EDP Norfolk - - Food & Drink -

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.

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