April is the month where gardening season really kicks into life. We may be shut which limits your access to buying supplies but hopefully you have a few tools, seeds and compost ready to do a little bit in your garden this month.
Now is the time to plant sunflower seeds. These are great for novice gardeners or even children. Very easy to look after yet their blooms can have a massive impact on the look of your garden in the summer. Their seeds can be planted straight out in beds or borders, or if you want to give them a real head start then why not plant them in pots indoors.
There are many things that can be sown in your greenhouse, grow-house or indoors on a windowsill during April. Perennial herbs such as rosemary, sage, oregano and thyme can be sown now, as can veg such as courgette, marrow, squash and pumpkin seeds.
Another easy project than can be done with children is growing watercress. This can be grown directly outdoors from April onwards, maybe in a patio pot? watercress makes a great snack too, it has a pungent, slightly bitter, peppery flavour and is highly nutritious, containing significant amounts of iron, calcium, vitamins A, C and E.
There are also some maintenance jobs to be done this month. If you have been making your own mulch over the winter from your dead autumn foliage, now is the best time to start spreading that around your perennials before the hot weather arrives. Also, finish cutting back any remaining dead foliage from your perennials and ornamental grasses to make way for new growth.
For a few more tips and jobs, take a look at our hand sheet, created in partnership with our friends at Thompson & Morgan. You can download it here.