Get ready – sow!April always imparts a feeling of productivity in the vegetable garden, with plenty to sow and plant
for you and the family to enjoy over the coming months. If your plot is small or you’re confined to a greenhouse or growing frame then lettuces, radishes, spring onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and carrots will be on your list. You could try dwarf French beans grown in pots in the greenhouse, along with marrow, ridge cucumbers and melons.
The larger plot will see you growing and harvesting globe artichokes, spinach, turnips, cabbages and cauliflowers, onion sets and peas - the latter sown at three week intervals through until June. Now you can sow winter greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and dig trenches in preparation for marrow, tomatoes and cucumbers. Those second early potatoes you have chitted can go into the ground in the first half of the month and maincrop in the second half. Asparagus beds can be prepared and crowns planted. If you’re in a mild area, sow sweet corn and dwarf French beans under fleece or cloches at the end of the month or, if the weather is cool, wait until May.
- Sow brassicas for transplanting in June or July
- Plant onion sets, garlic and shallots
- Plant asparagus crowns
- Sow runner beans, endive, beetroot, Swiss chard, kohl rabi, leeks, spinach
- Indoors, sow seeds of courgettes, squash, aubergines, celery, celeriac, pumpkins, marrows, sweet peppers, tomatoes and salads.