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Tasks for this month: April

Vegetable Garden
Harvest of late summer veges: pumpkins, marrows, potatoes, onions. Store in a cool dry shed.
Sow seeds of beetroot, broccoli, broad beans, cabbage, carrots, onions, radish, spinach, swedes and turnips.
Transplant seedlings of broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, couliflower, celery, leeks, lettuce, silverbeet and spinach.
Earth up leeks.
Protect young seedlings from slugs and snails with Butlers Slug & Snail Pellets.
Vacant areas of the vegetable garden should be sown with a green crop such as lupin or mustard for digging in later.
Offset winter rain by planting vegetables in raised beds. Rhubarb crowns which have become over crowded will need to be dug up, divided and replanted into compost enriched soil.
Plant potatoes in frost-free areas. Plant parsley and perennial herbs.

Fruit Trees

Most tree fruits have been harvested with the exception of late fruiting apples.
Start your winter clean-up programme by spraying all trees with Copper fungicide before pruning. Sharpen all pruning gear will make the jobs easier.

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Long warmer days will give rapid growth. Keep your garden well watered. Application of a compost mulch will help retain soil moisture. Water plants before wilting to reduce stress. Remember bugs and weeds are also growing flat out.

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Tasks for this month: April

Flower Garden

A busy month for tidying up old summer annuals and replacing with primulas, cinerarias, nemesia, iceland poppies, calendula, stock, pansies, violas, polyanthus, penstemon, snapdragon and hollyhock.
Sow seeds of aquilegia, alyssum, calendula, cineraria, cornflower, dianthus, English daisy, godetia, linaria, livingstone daisy, lobelia, lupin, nemesia, snapdragon, statice, stock, sweetpea and viola.
Continue planting spring bulbs.
Dead head roses as autumn flower finish.
Plant trees and shrubs. At planting time add a long term solid fertiliser
Prune shrubs that have finished flowering.
Lift and divide crowded perennials.

This is the best month for sowing new lawns and refurbishing old ones with Lawn Seed.
Control broadleaf weeds in lawns with Turfix.
Apply Lawn Fertiliser to all existing lawns.
Control weeds with Glysophate based herbicide.
Mulch all trees, shrubs and roses with Results Organic Compost.

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