How to grow It's time to: April

It's time to: April

Pull out 

Pull out summer vegetables to make way for cool season crops.

Compost

Empty the compost bin over bare vegetable beds. A new batch of compost will be ready for warm season vegetables in spring.

Sow 

Podding peas, snow peas and sugar snap peas. Before planting water the soil and sprinkle the ground with dolomite. Press individual seeds 1.5cm deep and 5cm apart. Water when you see shoots in 7-10 days. Peas need a 1.4m high trellis, chicken wire or sticks to grow up.

Broad beans in a cage of bamboo stakes to help keep them upright.

Plant

seedlings of spring onions and onions in a shallow trench, 5cm apart.

a succession of fennel seedlings every 2-4 weeks for a continual harvest. Plant 15cm apart. Allow a few fennel to go to flower in spring/summer to attract beneficial bugs such as hoverflies, honey bees, native bees and lady beetles. 

Protect

Protect newly planted seedlings of cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and kohlrabi from caterpillar attack with Yates Success or with a cover of white cabbage moth material, available from Greenpatch Seeds.

 

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Author: Linda Ross

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