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April jobs can be very weather dependent. Normally, this is the month for planting up.

General Garden

Sow sunflowers and sweet peas

Vegetable Planters

Sow broad beans, spinach, radish, lettuce, parsnips, sweetcorn, lettuce and celery under a cloche outside now.

Plant asparagus, potatoes, garlic, shallots, onion sets and onions raise from seed – last chance to plant onions.

Fruit Cage

Strawberries can be planted out now (they don’t last forever and need replacing every 3 to 5 years.

Growing in the Greenhouse

Most vegetables are sown this month including beetroot, peas, cucumber, broad beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, spinach, rocket, lettuce and radish.

Most herbs are sown this month – parsley, basil, chives, fennel, coriander, dill and chamomile. Sow mustard.

Sow tomatoes, runner beans, basil, green pepper, courgettes and sweetcorn in individual modules undercover for planting after the frost.


Early salad crops like radishes and fast lettuces. Spring cabbage, broccoli, very early peas (from greenhouse).


April onAsparagus – harvest when 15cm high
AprilBlackcurrants – mulch
AprilGooseberries – mulch
Week 1Asparagus Crowns – plant outside
Week 1Brussels Sprouts – Sow seed of mid to late varieties
Week 1Mustard – sow seed outdoors for seeds
Week 1Onion Sets – plant
Week 1Onion Sets – protect from birds for 5 weeks
Week 1Radish – sow seed under cloches
Week 1Shallot – plant sets outside (18cm / 7in apart)
Week 1Shallot – protect from birds for 5 weeks
Week 1Spinach – sow seed inside
Week 1 – 2Carrot – remove cloches from early sown varieties
Week 1 – 2Carrot – sow early seed varieties in open
Week 1 – 2Strawberries – buy and plant potted plants
Week 2Beetroot – sow seed in pots indoors
Week 2Broccoli (sprouting) early varieties – sow under cover
Week 2Tomatoes – pot-up young plants
Week 3Broccoli (sprouting) early varieties – sow seed bed
Week 3Courgette – sow seeds indoors
Week 3Onion seeds – harden off seedlings
Week 3Radish – sow seed outside
Week 3Sweetcorn – sow seed indoors / greenhouse
Week 4Beetroot – sow seed outside
Week 4Broccoli (sprouting) late varieties – sow under cover
Week 4French Beans – sow seeds under cloches
Week 4French Beans – sow seeds in pots indoors
Week 4Parsnip – sow seed outside
Week 4Spinach – plant out seed sown indoors
Week 4Spinach – thin out previously sown seedlings
Week 4Sweetcorn – sow seed under cloches
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