Well what a month March was! The start of the month was so very different to the end and we saw some very changing and challenging times.  The coming months will continue to be a challenge but with persistence and resilience and our fantastic community spirit we can get through it!

Now the clocks have gone forward and April has finally arrived. I think that April has to be one of the most optimistic months of the year. Seeds coming up, pricking out baby plants, dreaming of what they will produce later in the year. It’s one of the things I enjoy most.

Easter will soon be upon us, and I suspect, it will be very different to previous years. It certainly will for us. At this time of year I would normally be reminding you about our Easter lunches and that new season summer bedding, perennials, shrubs, and vegetables will all soon be available. However things are different this year. We will have some in bedding and veggies in stock for you to grow your own, but our focus is aiding the local community with our farm shops deliveries.

Stay Safe!                                      Sue Woolner

 

THINGS TO DO IN APRIL
Things will be hotting up (we hope) in the garden soon, and there is loads to do: 

  • Continue watering new trees and shrubs when dry. Consider mulching the top surface with bark chippings, or your own compost.
  • Feed established lawns. Consider a light cut if the ground is suitably dry.
  • Plant new aquatic plants in ponds. Keep clear of algae by immersing a hank of barley straw under the water.
  • Plant evergreen trees and shrubs. Dig a lovely large hole and add as much compost as you can to include organic matter. This will get the plants off to a good start. Don’t forget to keep them watered.
  • Erect windbreaks around new trees and shrubs if needed.
  • Trim grey-leaved shrubs to keep them bushy. Shred any clippings and use as mulch or add to the compost heap.
  • Tie in the new shoots of climbers.
  • Prune early-flowering shrubs.
  • Prune shrubs grown for large or colourful foliage.
  • Divide perennials either splitting with two forks or an old kitchen knife. Why not offer a friend a spare plant in exchange for something from their garden?
  • Stake tall-growing perennials.
  • Protect young growth from slugs and snails.
  • Remove annual weeds with your hands. You will thank yourself later on.
  • Remove perennial weeds by digging them out. Ensure deep-rooted weeds are completely removed. These should be burned or disposed of, but not added to the compost heap.
  • Deadhead daffodils (I include this item, but you will probably find that as the daffodils were so very early this year, you have already done it!).
  • Sow annual climbers and grasses.
  • Continue sowing and planting vegetables outdoors (watch out for a frost, and cover with fleece or newspaper overnight).
  • Plant container-grown fruit trees, remembering to continue to water if the weather is dry.
  • Keep feeding the birds to attract them into the garden where they will also take care of those pesky unwanted bugs and insects.

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO….

  • Cut down any dead growth that has been left on perennials over winter, especially on grasses, as new shoots are at risk of being damaged.
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs.
  • Sow sweet peas.

GET IN FRONT….

  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs like forsythia immediately after they have bloomed to encourage new growth to flower next year.
  • Top up the food and water supplies for garden birds on a regular basis. Water is especially important if we have a cold spell.

 

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