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April – The Month for Vegetable Growing

Vegetable growing really takes off this month. Chit and plant out second early potatoes in the first half of the month, maincrop potatoes in the second half. It’s also time to sow seed outdoors in well-prepared soil.

 

April Jobs To Do
Ideal time to plant pot-grown fruit trees and bushes.
Chit and plant out second early potatoes in the first half of the month, maincrop potatoes in the second half.
Sow seed outdoors for beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, summer cauliflower, kohl rabi, lettuce, leeks, radish, turnip, spring and pickling onions, peas and perpetual spinach in well-prepared soil.
Try sowing unusual vegetables such as salsify, Hamburg parsley, or scorzonera.
Sow seed indoors of marrows, courgettes, pumpkins and squash. Also sweet peppers, to- matoes, cucumbers, aubergines, celery, celeriac, salads and globe artichokes.
In very mild areas sow dwarf French beans and sweet corn outside under cloches or fleece at the end of April. In cooler areas wait until May.
Transplant broad beans grown in pots. Plant shallots, onion sets and garlic. Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers.
Plant asparagus crowns.
Pot up tomato seedlings when they develop true leaves above the more rounded seed leaves.

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