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What to do in the Garden this April

Autumn is a fantastic time in the garden. In temperate areas of the country, April gardens are a delight as the beautiful display of foliage colour begins.

In northern regions of the country, the extreme heat is subsiding, and the cooler nights bring relief for gardens and gardeners alike.

April is the perfect planting month. The earth is still warm and moist, and the days are very pleasant to be enjoying some great outdoor gardening activity.

Gardening Jobs for April:

• April is a busy month in the flower garden clearing up the last of the summer annuals and preparing ground and planting autumn/ winter varieties.
• Fertilise now to resurrect your summer lawn and now is the ideal time to sow a new lawn.
• Depending on your region, April is the time to plant flowering annuals such as Alyssum, Calendulas, Dianthus, Delphiniums, Forget Me Nots, Lobelias, Pansies, Primulas, Snapdragons, Stocks, Sweet Peas and violas. Check with your garden centre for the best local advice.
• Planting of spring flowering bulbs is still happening for the harvest of colour ahead. Mix bulb food into the soil when planting – this will get them off to a good start once the roots start developing.
• Lots of winter flowering shrubs and trees are beginning to arrive in garden centres this month – this is the ideal time to plant as it gives the plant time to establish and firm up in the ground before the onset of winter. Remember to stake tall trees when planting.
• Prune back and fertilise shrubs and climbers as they finish flowering.
• Plant up pots and containers for autumn and winter colour. Always use premium quality potting mix and feed weekly with a liquid or soluble flowering plant food.
• New season’s roses will be soon arriving. Enquire about any special varieties that are desired and these may be able to be added to orders.
• Order fruiting and ornamental trees now for the upcoming season.

In the Veggie Patch
Tropics Sub-tropical Arid Temperate
Asian Greens Asian Greens Artichoke Artichoke
Asparagus Basil Beetroot Broad Beans
Basil Beetroot Broad Beans Broccoli
Beetroot Broad beans Broccoli Cabbage
Broccoli Broccoli Cabbage Carrot
Cabbage Cabbage Cauliflower Cauliflower
Carrot Cauliflower Chives Celery
Cauliflower Celery Coriander Garlic
Celery Chives Dill Mediterranean Herbs*
Fennel Coriander English Spinach Onion
Garlic Dill Fennel Radish
Garlic Garlic Turnip
Kale Kale Mediterranean Herbs* Swede
Leek Leek Leek Leek
Lettuce Lettuce Lettuce Leek
Mint Mediterranean Herbs* Mint Lettuce
Parsley Mint Onion Mint
Potato Onions Parsley Parsley
Radish Parsley Radish Silverbeet
Rocket Peas Rocket Spring Onion
Silverbeet Potatoes
Spring Onion Radish
Strawberry Rocket
Tomato Silverbeet
Spring Onion
Snow peas

*Including Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Marjoram, and Oregano.

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