April News

Allotment gardening on BBC2’s Gardeners World

The latest series of Gardeners World is now featuring allotment gardening from scratch. This might be of interest to many of our new plotholders and perhaps more experienced plotholders looking for new ideas and techniques. TV gardening presenter Frances Tophill has taken on an abandoned plot on an allotment site in Kent and in the first episode (29th March) Frances faces the challenge of starting afresh.

Tasks for the plot in April

  • As April is the month where things really start to take shape on the plot there’s lots to do; sowing, planting and maintenance. Here are just a few tasks:
  • Plant out chitted potatoes, second earlies at the start of April and maincrop towards the end of the month.
  • Plant asparagus crowns before end of April.
  • Under cover sow seeds of runner beans, sweetcorn, courgettes and later in the month in a heated propagator squash, marrows and melons.
  • Start sowing carrot seeds progressively for the next few months but check seed packets as timing varies for different varieties.
  • Begin sowings of maincrop leeks in seedbeds or indoors in pots/root trainers.
  • Prepare supports for runner beans and netting or brushwood for peas.
  • Stay on top of weed problems, remove them before they emerge to avoid competition with your seedlings.

Watch out for late frost.

Look out for news and site information updates during April.

Happy gardening.

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