April

1.

Keep on top of weeding as they will be shooting up now the weather is warmer. Remember a sharp hoe is your best friend

2.

Plant the remainder of your Broard Beans. Sow French, Runner and dwarf Beans in pots undercover.

3.

Begin to sow sweetcorn near the end of the month. Chitting of these can help with germination.

4.

Peas can be planted outside but be aware that mice, birds and even slugs might eat them.

5.

If you'd started your onion sets/ shallots undercover, then this is the time to plant these outside in beds.

6.

Continue to sow brassicas for successional harvesting.

7.

Carrots & Parsnips can be sow now but please be aware that carrot root fly are around, so cover with netting/fleece.

May

1.

Keep a close eye on the weather, especially for those late frosts!

2.

This is a good time of year to make up the liquid feeds (nettle, comfrey, dandilion).

3.

Pretty much most seeds can be sown in this month, these include carrots, spinach, leaf beets... the list goes on.

4.

Begin to harvest your asparagus but remember make sure it's in its third year of growth.

5.

Plant out your main crop potatoes and earth up your earlies.

6.

Move established plants out of the greenhouse to hardern off.

7.

Mulch your strawberry bed and fruit trees to help lock in moisture in the soil.

June

1.

As temperatures increase so does the numbers of pests in the garden so be awear.

2.

Onions and garlic can be lifted this month and stored somewhere dry and airy.

3.

Finish harvesting asparagus till mid month and then mulch up and leave the crowns.

4.

Plant out courgettes, marrows, pumpkins and squashes.

5.

Make sure your peas and beans are well supported with stakes, canes or netting.

6.

Fruit bushes and trees should be protected with netting agains birds. Apple/Pear trees will shed some fruit (June drop).

7.

Make sure your greenhouse or polytunnel is well ventilated. Dampen down flooring, this lessens the red spider mites.

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