The Idle Mole Gardening School
April Is Here!
Colour is beaming in our gardens now, the weather is warmer, the nights are lighter and it is a delight to be outdoors. The garden season has truly begun.
Here are our top tips on what to be doing in your garden this month;
Protect fruit blossoms from late frost.
Keep weeds under control.
Sow new lawn seed and repair bare patches.
Sow hardy annuals and herb seeds.
Prune spring flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.
Plant out leeks and onion sets.
Sow salad leaves.
Cotinus, sambucus and buddleja can be cut back hard now.
Increase houseplant watering.
Hardy annuals that were sown in February will be ready for planting out now.
Mow the lawn on dry days.
Ventilate the greenhouse on warmer days.
As the weather turns milder it is important to keep a check on late frosts. Ensure frost protection is still in place on those tender plants and shrubs. Some slightly tender plants may appear to have been killed by winter cold, however, do not give up on them yet. It can take weeks for plants to show signs of recovery and put out buds. Check by gently scraping a small patch of bark from the main stem, if the wood underneath is green and moist, the plant is still alive.
We also have a series of Garden School Events and workshops designed to walk you through the most important gardening moments of the year.