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Monday, 2 April 2012
Thereafter, gradually reduce the height of cut until the desired height is reached. For fine lawns, this will be 6-13mm (¼-½in). For ordinary ornamental lawns this will be 13-25mm (½-1in) in summer and up to 40mm (1.5in) in spring and autumn. You shouldn’t take more than a third off the height of the grass at any one mowing.
- Sow and plant asparagus
- Grow French beans in pots
- Start early variety leeks in the greenhouse
- Sow peas if not started in March, at three week intervals until early June, using a first-early variety
- Plan late crops by sowing summer vegetables outdoors. Spinach, carrots, kohl robi, radishes, turnips, lettuces, spring onions, summer cabbages and cauliflowers. For winter greens/Christmas savoy cabbages, Brussels sprouts and cauliflowers sow now
April’s spring lamb with parsley and walnut pesto
- 25g (1oz) parsley
- 50g (1 ¾ oz) walnuts
- 1 clove garlic
- 25g (1oz) Parmesan cheese, finely grated
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 individual double loins of lamb boned, rolled and tied
- 450g (1lb) new potatoes, scrubbed and thinly sliced (no thicker than a pound coin)
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6).