Friday, 2 April 2010

Jayne's Topical Tips

Jobs for April
It's not too late to sow a few more parsnips. Beans, courgettes, squash, pumpkins and sweetcorn can be sown behind glass to plant out at the end of May. Hardy annual flowers can be sown directly into the soil. Repeat sow salad leaves, lettuce, herbs, carrots and spring onions directly into the ground. Finish planting chitted potatoes. Clear beds of winter vegetables and prepare the ground if not already done. Cover brassica and carrots with mesh or netting to deter flying insects or pigeons. Give a liquid feed to autumn sown garlic. Dahlias can provide cuttings from surplus shoots. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails - try placing fruit skins nearby for them to hide in, but remember to dispose of each morning. Hanging baskets can be potted up, but left in the greenhouse until the frosts have passed.