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

 

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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