If you don’t follow the Yates Facebook page it is certainly worth it, we had a fabulous April Fool’s Day Joke with a ‘new’ product to instantly variegate plants! There are also plenty of great posts there and it will be a good place to find out what is happening here, when exciting things start up.
April is a great month in the garden with the continuing of cool season planting for winter months. I will need to restart all my brassica seedlings as I had an unfortunate accident and fell of the deck and badly sprained my ankle. So, while I was stuck indoors with my foot up, in a moon boot of all things, for the best part of a week. Meanwhile the Cabbage White Butterflies took advantage of the situation and nibbled them all up, leaving behind some stumpy stalks.
It is also a good time to keep a close eye on the weather forecast. Even thought I have completely forgotten how it feels to actually be cold, that first frost isn’t too far away. Late lingering summer crops can be encouraged to limp a little further beyond the first few frosts if they are light and the plants are protected. And once they are finished, remember not to put diseased end of season material into your compost heap. Either pop it in the rubbish or burn it to prevent spreading it about.
With the end of daylight savings it all of a sudden is getting much darker and time to spend in the garden becomes all the more precious – especially as it gets cooler. So enjoy every moment you can get out there.
Sarah the Gardener : o)