Vegetables to Grow In April
April is a busy time in the veg garden, as lots of seeds can be sown this month. Now that the days are longer and warmer, you can start sowing some crops, such as carrots or peas, outside. Discover which container crops you can sow in April. More tender crops like aubergines and courgettes, still need to be sown under glass, either in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill. You can also plant out potatoes, as well as onions sets, shallots and garlic and Jerusalem artichokes. Find out which crops you can sow in April and get fresh pickings all year from even the tiniest space.
Plan a mix of crops
To harvest veg throughout the year, it’s vital not to waste space or time – growing a mix of quick crops to harvest that season, and slower ones that you’ll harvest the following season. As soon as one veg is harvested, replace it with a different one to ensure you get the maximum out of each square. Opt for compact varieties, which don’t take up too much room, and choose fast-growing and early varieties that are quick to mature, so you get speedy harvests and can move on to your next crop. Start sowing now and by the end of spring your bed will be a mix of quick-growing veg, to be picked this season, and slower ones for summer harvests.
1. Prepare your soil
Good soil is crucial when you are growing lots of different crops packed into such a small space. Intensive growing demands a lot from the soil, so prepare the ground well by digging it over and then forking through a generous amount of organic matter, such as well-rotted animal manure or compost.
2. Start sowing
Hardy crops can be sown directly in the ground as soon as the soil starts to warm up in April. Sowing in squares, rather than traditional rows, allows you to grow crops a little closer together. Sow most seeds individually at their final spacing, so you won’t waste seed or time thinning out seedlings later. It also makes use of every inch of space with fewer gaps for weeds to take hold.
3. Get quick results
Give your crops the best possible start and get growing quickly. Put hoops at the ends of your bed to support a simple polythene cloche. Use this to warm the ground before sowing and create a sheltered micro- climate after sowing. Once germinated, keep seedlings ventilated during the day and remember to water. Remove it on hot days and once seedlings are established.