Garden jobs are always on the to do list for each month. Some months I tick them all off the list and then other times I can only get to one or two of them. The month of April is all about getting those last minute jobs completed before the winter season sets in.
- Dig compost into vegetable patch and established garden-beds. In existing garden-beds you can use a garden rake or hoe to turn the compost into the soil. This will reduce the impact on any plant roots that may lay just under the soil surface.
- Fertilise your garden before the end of the month! This will be the last major feed you can give a majority of your plants before the winter. Most plants will not absorb fertiliser after the temperatures drop, think of it as if they have a ‘food coma’ and they won’t need to eat anymore. The next feed will be in mid-August once the soil begins to warm again in temperature.
- Plant spring flowering bulbs! It is time to get those Daffordil, Tulips, Lilium, Ranunculus bulbs (and many more) into the garden now.
- Prune Salvia and Penstemon perennials back once flowers have finished. This will encourage a dense habit and a healthier overall growth.
- Look out for late season pests and fungal diseases! Caterpillars are always out attacking plants during this time but many home gardeners fail to see them as they are no longer than 1mm long. They are usually transparent in colour too. But trust me, they are there! Look out for slugs and snails as the weather cools and wetter conditions arise, these little critters will emerge. Aphids and white-fly are still hanging around before the cold eliminates them. If you are seeing mottled damage on the fresh growth of your plants this could be the reason why. Mildew is easily found at this time of year as we have cooler, wet nights and hot days. This fungus is likely to develop on soft leaf perennials and annuals. Try to water earlier in the day compared to later evening watering. This will help to reduce the chances of infection.
- Fertilise your indoor plants. Most indoor plants will slow their growth during the winter season, but if our houses are kept extra warm to keep the cold at bay, these plants can get hungry quick. Give them a good boost of food, slow-release fertiliser, will keep them well feed over the next 3 months.
If there are any garden jobs you like to do in the month of April them a comment down below as to what they are! I would love to hear about what you get up to in the garden this month!
Until next time happy gardening! By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2018