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  • Writer's pictureChris Jackson

April Gardening Guide: Blooms, Buds, and Bliss

April is a magical time in the garden. As the days lengthen and the sun warms the soil, our green spaces come alive with promise.

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a budding enthusiast, here are some delightful tasks to embrace this month:

1. Bedding Plants and Frost Protection

  • Keep your bedding plants frost-free: April can still surprise us with chilly nights. Cover delicate plants with fleece or cloths to shield them from unexpected frost.

2. Pruning and Tidying Up

  • Hydrangeas: Prune your hydrangeas now. Remove dead wood and shape the shrubs for a spectacular summer display.

  • Winter-Flowering Jasmine: Trim back winter-flowering jasmine after its blooming season. Encourage new growth and maintain its elegant form.

3. Sowing Seeds and Planting

  • Sweet Peas and Hardy Annuals: Sow sweet peas directly into the ground. These fragrant climbers will reward you with colorful blooms.

  • Tender Annuals and Vegetables: Start tender annuals and veggies indoors under glass. Tomatoes, peppers, and basil can get a head start in pots or trays.

  • Early Potatoes: Plant early potatoes in well-drained soil. Watch those spuds grow!

4. Wildflowers and Native Plants

  • Fill Gaps with Hardy Annuals: Scatter love-in-a-mist (Nigella) and pot marigold seeds in bare spots. These hardy annuals will add charm to your borders.

  • Native Wildflowers: Consider sowing native wildflower seeds. They support local wildlife and add a touch of natural beauty.

5. Pots and Containers

  • Carrots, Salads, and Radishes: Even if you have a dedicated veg patch, grow some extras in pots near the house. Fresh salads and crunchy radishes are just a few steps away.

6. Enjoy the Moment

  • With the hum of busy bees and the whistling of birds through the trees, April brings us moments to savor. Take a deep breath, admire the blossoms, and revel in the joy of gardening.

Remember, every seed you sow and every bloom you nurture contributes to the symphony of life in your garden. Happy gardening! 🌼🌿

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