If April is like March then May will be a “catch up” month. With the weather so cold with a biting wind permanently in the North East, it might have played havoc with the fruit blossom. I cannot remember the last time I saw a bee of any variety. Although nature being what it is I have noticed that the shrubs and trees are not exactly rushing into bloom.
Enough of this pessimism, let us look forward to planting out all those seedlings from March and April sowings and potting on my Tumbling Tom Tomato for going outside. Where necessary, I shall make a succession sowing of vegetable seeds.
Also after “hardening off” the geranium plants it will be time to plant up the troughs and hanging baskets for a splash of colour on the patio.
Hopefully we will have had the April showers and the soil warming up , so that we can get on with getting the lawn into some shape having scarified it “wed and fed” it and slowly reducing the blade settings on the lawn mower.
By now the slugs and snails that have survived the cold weather will be on the rampage—be vigilant and treat accordingly.
Let us look forward to what should be an exciting time with everything in the garden putting on new growth and our efforts rewarded with a colourful display.
Tip for the month: Sharpen up the hoe.