Things to do in April

Top tasks for April -  with April being a lean month for harvesting but it is a good month to get ahead by sowing seeds indoors or outside in a cold frame.


• Harvest the first asparagus of the year along with spring cabbages and cauliflowers, sprouting broccoli and any remaining leeks and kale


• Sow outdoors if the soil is warm enough


• Plant second early and maincrop potatoes and the last of your onion sets


• Earth up first early potatoes


• Prepare seed beds by weeding throughly and raking over


• Prune cherry and plum trees


Sow and plant in April

Carrots, beetroots - most root crops can now be sown outdoors


Celery, chicory, and endive - sow these indoors to ensure germination, harden off next month and plant out in June


Courgettes, pumpkins and other squashes - sow indoors ready for planting out next month


French and runner beans - sow a few seeds in pots and keep in a heated greenhouse



Leaf vegetables - spinach, swiss chard can all be sown outdoors now


Leeks and Onions - sow leeks outdoors now


Sweetcorn - has a long growing season so its worth getting a crop off to an early start by sowing seeds in pots indoors


Plant - asparagus crowns, globe artichokes, herbs, peas and broad beans, potatoes, lettuce and other salad leaves