• APRIL is an excellent month to establish flowering cherry trees (the variety Prunus Kanzan, pictured) and ornamental crab apples (pictured the flowers of Malus Evereste) as you generally can see the plant in bloom at the Garden Centre before making your purchase rather than relying on photographs and descriptions. Both of these trees are perfect for smaller gardens, but it is still advisable to plant around 12-
• LILY BEETLES have enjoyed the wet and mild winter and these orange crawling horrors are once again on the move, coming to a lily stem near you! Be one step ahead and apply Provado Ultimate Bug Killer to help reduce the damage. Remember this insecticide is systemic and stays active within the plant for up to 6 weeks. For those you do not want to use chemicals, the little beasties are very visible when present, so a quick daily inspection picking off and crushing them should keep the plants clear.
• SOW Broad Beans (pictured), Runner and French Beans, salad crops (Beetroot, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Salad Onions, Radish), Sweet Corn, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Marrows, Pumpkins and Melons. You can start larger seeds off in Rootrainers or in individual cell trays, ideally with a clear propagator lid to help germination, in a multi-
If the soil in your vegetable garden is in good condition, many of these varieties can be sown direct – just check the packets for hardiness. Some soils are in awful condition after the heavy rain and will need a lot of (hopefully homemade) compost worked in to help break it down to a friable condition (tilth), so get out and work on the soil now to make sure it is ready in time.
• WEEDS are coming back into growth with great gust so deal with them before they get out of hand. Annuals are best treated with a sharp hoe or you could spot treat with a weedkiller such as Roundup Weedkiller Gel. This product is perfect for carefully applying in between existing plants, however, please bear in mind any plant material this weedkiller touches it will kill.
• ROUTINE Top dress containers with fresh compost such as Arthur Bower’s Multi-
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