Monthly Tips & Tasks April 2014

Flower Garden

  • As summer flowers pass their best remove them and prepare the ground for planting for Winter/Spring flowers like pansy, wall flowers, polyanthus and violas.
  • Now is bulb planting time. Choose good firm unblemished bulbs and plant as soon as possible so they get a good start.
  • Sow sweet peas now in good deep dug soil to get a good early flowering.
  • Cut back any perennials that have finished flowering; many can be lifted and divided later in the month.
  • Pelargonium and geraniums can now be propagated for next season.

Fruit & Vegetable Garden

  • Continue to harvest tomatoes, peppers, beans and cucumbers as soon as they are ready to encourage them to continue to produce.
  • Remove and dipose of any plants that show signs of disease to stop it from spreading to other plants do not compost.
  • Sow green crops on any ground not in use over the winter to improve soil structure.
  • Harvest apples and pears as soon as they are ready and still firm so that they will keep better.
  • Cut pumpkins and leave to dry for a few days before storing them.
  • Remove old tomato plants from the green house as soon as the crop has finished so the green house can be disinfected before the cold of winter.

Lawns & Paths

  • Spray for the weeds before the weather gets too cold.
  • Apply fertilizer now to get a good cover of grass before the frosts.
  • Do not cut the grass too low.
  • Spray any paths that tend to get moss on during the winter to stop the moss growing before it starts.