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Gardening Jobs

Set the lawnmower on its highest setting (you don't want to terrify the grass!) when you mow and gradually loweer the cut over the month.

Don't cut down the leaves of bulbs when finish flowering.  The bulbs need to replenish themselves.

Plant and divide herbaceous perennials and plant summer bulbs.  Also a good time to take basal stem cuttings from perennials  when shoots are about 10cm high (treat them like sotwood cuttings)

Sow hardy annuals including annual or perennials wildflowers outdoors. Make sure you remove all weeds and rake level. Try some in containers too.

Continue weeding and mulching.

Check whether containers need watering.   Start potting up any that pot bound.

Start planting up summer hanging baskets and containers if you have somewhere frost free (and light!)to keep them or else wait until next month.

Finish planting and moving trees and shrubs before bud break.

Finish any pruning jobs from last month not completed yet i.e. roses, summer flowering shrubs and shrubs grown for their winter stems (e.g. Salix and Cornus).

Chit and plant out second early potatoes in the first half of the month, maincrop potatoes in the second half.

Start sowing vegetable seed outdoors e.g. Brassica , beetroot, carrots, lettuce, leeks & peas.

Sow seed indoors of marrows, courgettes, pumpkins and squash. Also sweet peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Plant out shallots, onion sets and garlic.

Clean and fill bird feeders.  Put food out on bird tables and the ground but avoid  chunky foods like peanuts that could choke fledglings.

Finish putting up and cleaning out nesting boxes.

Put up a bee house for solitary bees.

Put out food for hedgehogs - a dish of cat/dog food along with a dish of fresh water.


Back to the Gardens in April

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