Follow the tips beneath as a basic maintenance guide for your garden this April.

       Plant & Sow

          Annuals

hollyhocks

alcea-rosea

Virginian stocks

Malcolmia maritima

Linum grandiflorum

Linum grandiflorum

Clarkia amoena (Godetia whitneyi)

Clarkia amoena

  • Sow these winter flowering annuals:

Arctotis acaulisCalendula officinalisChrysanthemum;

ClarkiaConsolida ambiguaFelicia bergiana 

Lathyrus odoratusLinaria maroccanaNemesiaViola

         Perenials

  • Iceberg roses – a constant bloomer and vigorous grower. Icebergs are ideal for mass plantings or containers. Gardenias – known as one of the most fragrant shade-loving plants. They have attractive evergreen glossy foliage that grows into a neat round bush. These beautiful plants love growing in well-drained, acid soil.

         Vegetables

  • Sow vegetables like:

BeetrootBroccoliBrussels sproutsCabbageCarrotCauliflowerCeleryLeekLettuceOnionParsleyParsnipRadishRunner beanSpinachTurnip

Garden maintenance

         Fertilize

         General garden maintenance

  • Mow the lawn if necessary.
  • Water plants properly, giving them a thorough soaking every three or four days to encourage deep root development. Mulch well with organic
    material.
  • Red spider can be troublesome in hot, dry weather. Spray to prevent infestation.
  • Spray apples, pears and quinces against codling moth; and apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches and plums against fruit fly. Spray grapes for mildew where necessary.
  • Deadhead roses regularly and water two or three times weekly.
  • Mulch the garden beds.
  • Remember to dead head annuals and bedding plants regularly and feed every 2 weeks or so with a diluted liquid fertilizer.
  • Continue to remove weeds from lawns and paving’s.
  • Feed flowering shrubs once a month.
  • Feed your hydrangeas.
  • Keep an eye out for red spider mite as they love the hot, dry conditions.

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