In temperate summer-rainfall regions do the following in your garden during April.

         Plant & Sow

        Annuals

Alyssum

Alyssum

Dianthus

Dianthus

Iberis umbellata

Iberis umbellata

Callistephus chinensis

Callistephus chinensis

         Vegetables

  • Sow vegetables like:
    • Artichokes, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers, dwarf beans, leeks, lettuces, parsley, parsnips, peas, radishes, runner beans, Swiss chard, turnips and vegetable marrows.

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  • Add water-retention granules to the soil of container plants. This will increase their water-holding capacity, so a good solid watering will last a long time.
  • Prepare trenches for sweet peas.
  • Put out snail bait in the late afternoon after watering.

General garden maintenance

  • Spray apples, pears and quinces against codling moth, and peaches against fruit fly.
  • Deadhead daisy bushes regularly to prolong their flowering period; remember to disbud dahlias at regular intervals.
  • Keep the soil well mulched.
    Consider installing a rainwater tank. Many container grown plants do best if watered with rainwater.
  • Stake dahlias and water and fertilize them regularly.
    Mulch roses well.
  • Cut back chrysanthemums.
  • Deadhead roses regularly.
  • Sow lawn seed.
  • Water citrus trees well every three weeks and spray against citrus psylla; water other fruit trees thoroughly every second week.

 

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