Welcome to April!

Now that we have (finally) arrived into April again, the time for sowing and growing is defnitely becoming ripe.

Here are some things which like to be planted in April:

Food

Plant out:

Potatoes in well-prepared (i.e. dig up the bed) soil
Carrots
Beetroots
Leeks
Swiss Chard
Kohl Rabi
Peas
Turnips
Summer Cauliflower
Shallots
Onions
Garlic


It is now also an ideal time to plant pot-grown fruit trees and bushes, e.g. Gooseberry/Raspberry/Blueberry bushes

Just remember keep an eye on them, because once they start producing the fruit, the birds aren’t exactly conservative about the amount of cherries to harvest and eat on your behalf!

For more in-depth info and advice: Grow Your Own- RHS- UK


Flowers

For the bees and butterflies:

Foxgloves– They’re happy in part sun and shade. Bees and butterflies love them.
foxgloves emerge may 2015 - Copy

Hawthorns– These can grow 15-30 feet tall, so bear this in mind when planting out, because when it grows, it will cause shade (which can both good and bad, depending on what’s growing nearby)
hawthorn_2531036k

Crocuses– These are gorgeous flowers anyway, and the Saffron pollen is irresistable to bees. It also has loads of health benefits as a herb, so you might even want to harvest some of it’s pollen for yourself!
crocuses

Cerinthe– These are a personal favourite of mine, because they’re so rich in colour, and beautiful. Sow either straight out, or in seed trays indoors first, and then transplant the seedlings into the chosen flowerbed once they’re strong enough.
beautiful cerinthe flowers

Buddleja (butterfly bush)- The bees and the butterflies both absolutely love this bush, and it smells absolutely gorgeous too. If you want to see a lot of butterflies this year, plant this out!
bee and the butterfly loving their Budlhia


More flowers:

Forget-me-nots
Wildflower mixes
Poppies
Dahlias
Anemones
Dutch Iris
Gladioli
Feverfew
Pansies

In summary:
Basically, just go and buy yourself some seeds, mix and match whatever you want, and the advice about how to grow said seeds into bloom will be on the back of the packet anyway. This way, you can choose visually what kind of colours and shapes you want in your garden landscape for yourself, and all you need to do is sow them!

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