April Gardening Tasks

Although it is nearly the end of April there is still plenty that can be done in the garden at this time of year…. weather permitting of course 😉

  • If you have not already done so, sow vegetable seeds in modules indoors.  There is so much to choose from including: beetroot, peas, kale, chard, spinach, tomatoes and lettuce.  Whatever you do don’t sow something you don’t like – unless it is for the show bench!
  • Carrots and parsnips need to be sown outdoors so it is best to hold off on that score, certainly until the ground is drier.
  • Remember you can still plant potatoes directly in the ground, or indeed in potato bags with some compost.
  • Check over any over-wintered plants such as cabbage or leeks.  Make sure they have not been attacked by slugs and if need be, use some anti-slug measures.
  • Also as the weather is still so temperamental consider protecting plants with horticultural fleece.  At the Mitzvahs and Marrows allotment we did this with the cabbages and it has made a great difference.

And of course, do not forget to keep up with the weeds.  The definition of a weed is a plant in the wrong place and in the case of the Mitzvahs and Marrows allotment, this means rogue potatoes!  This can occur when you have planted potatoes in a bed in the previous year and not removed them all during harvest.  In the following year you plant up another crop and then find (especially after heavy rain!) potato plants emerging amongst your other crops.

It is tempting to leave the potatoes in and get an extra crop.  The problem with this is that the other crops will be competing with the potatoes for space, air, water and nutrients, so you must remove all the rogue potatoes.   They don’t have to go to waste though, simply plant up the extra potatoes into potato bags or supermarket jute bags with some compost.

More on rogue potatoes and how we dealt with them at Mitzvahs and Marrows to come in a future article 😀