If you feel like you’re not up to speed with your garden, take heart. April has a horrible habit of vanishing all too quickly – it tends to be full of such inconveniences as friends getting married and cluttering up weekends, Easter With The Family, etc etc. Last year it was building the chicken run which took up the majority of this most crucial of gardening months, this year it’s been building a greenhouse. But now, with splinter-filled hands and a smile on my face I not only have a greenhouse but also a potting bench made out of old pallets, and it’s all systems go!
What to sow now
The allotment looks pretty green at the moment with the overwintering broad beans, garlic and the last of the winter salads all in full growth. But soon those crops will be but a distant memory and I’ll have some massive gaps.
So, outside I’m sowing beetroot, carrots, lettuce, rocket, sunflowers and dill. Inside it’s time for runner beans, French beans, sweetcorn, peas for pea shoots and courgettes. Don’t forget, each Bakker Spalding product page contains detailed instructions on how to grow your seeds.
I’m holding off on the super-tender crops like melons and basil until we’re into May – even the slightest hint of frost and it’s game over for these tender beauties.
It’s sow easy (haha) to get carried away at this time of year when sowing. The best lesson I’ve ever learnt in veg gardening is to never sow a whole packet of seed at once. Save at least half your seeds of lettuces, carrots, beetroots, radishes, spring onions and rocket – make successional sowings over the spring and summer for months of delicious harvests.
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