The Vegetable Garden in April
The message is the same as last month:
Do not be tempted to sow / plant out too early, wait until conditions are ideal.
Plants sown / planted later have a way of catching up with those that were sown / planted earlier, this can be generally put down to soil temperatures, rather than ambient temperatures!
Plants sown / planted in cold soils are generally held 'in check' (stop growing) assuming they don't die off first!
Week 14 - 2nd Apr. to 8th Apr.
Cover beds with cloches to warm up the soil.
Plant out Shallots.
Feed established Chives.
Week 15 - 9th Apr. to 15th Apr.
If weather and ground conditions allow plant previously chitted early Potatoes.
Week 16 - 16th Apr. to 22nd Apr.
Sow Chive seeds if soil conditions allow.
Prepare Endive beds if not done previously.
Plant out Asparagus crowns.
Prepare containers for Carrots.
Week 17 - 23rd Apr. to 29th Apr.
If weather and ground conditions allow plant previously chitted maincrop Potatoes.
Check to see if forced Rhubarb is ready for harvesting.