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April may be the cruellest month according to the poet but it’s also the time when some glorious blossoms start to assert themselves. But don’t be deceived. As well as some typical cold April showers, there is always the possibility of some biting overnight frosts.

GENERAL
Spring clean borders - keep up the weeding
Get busy with the general purpose fertiliser
Net fruit trees and shrubs against bird damage.
Plant spring bedding and summer bulbs in pots
Protect plants from frosts

VEGETABLES
Sow broad beans, summer cabbage, calabrese, carrots, onions, leeks, beetroot, radishes, spring onions, lettuce, spring onions turnip 
Plant first early potatoes.
Plant cauliflowers at the end of month.
Start successive sowings of peas, beans. lettuce and radish.	

FRUIT
Ventilate strawberries under cloches and add straw manure.
Spray peaches with water to help fruit set.
Check and harvest forced rhubarb.
Cut back newly planted raspberries. 
Keep an eye out for pests.

FLOWERS
Remove the dead heads from daffodils and other spring flowers but leave foliage intact.
Sow hardy annuals in situ.
Divide and replant perennials.
Hoe weeds regularly.
Complete any rose pruning this month.
Plant out violas, peonies, hollyhocks etc.
Sow polyanthus and wallflowers for next spring.
Plant dormant dahlia tubers.

SHRUBS
Plant and feed woody plants
Plant coniferous and evergreen trees and shrubs and bamboos.
Prune flowered shrubs like forsythia and evergreens.
Finish pruning roses.
Trim winter-flowering heathers.
Stop side shoots on fuchsias to produce bushy plants.
Move evergreens and shrubs
Prune winter jasmine.
Plant summer bulbs.

LAWNS
Mow lawns, weed and feed.
Apply chemical weed killers or pull out weeds manually if you prefer.
Trim edges.
Lay new turf.
Sow grass seed on bare patches after fine raking.

GREENHOUSE
Sow seeds of outdoor tomatoes, melon and marrows.
Remove flower heads of winter flowering plants like azaleas and rhododendrons.
Top dress pots, tubs and hanging baskets.
Increase ventilation and if needed start to apply shading liquid.

POND
Divide up large clumps of aquatic perennials.
Remove any dead leaves from the pond. 
Keep an eye on surface weeds and remove at the first sign.
Prune back any tall trees or shrubs that overhang the pond to let in more light.
Use water lillies to limit direct sunlight.http://www.letsgogardening.co.uk/Information/Bamboo.htmshapeimage_12_link_0
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  APRIL

This stunning snakeshead  frillaria is a native wildflower that has been domesticated for garden use.  with its mauve or white heads this 12-inch high flower makes a splendid impact in meadows and orchards.

APRIL - TIP OF THE MONTH