What to see and do in April
The change to British Summer Time heralds the start of a busy time for the volunteers and gardening staff at Cressing Temple, as well as in our own gardens, on the allotment and in the greenhouse!
Plenty of jobs on the list:
Feeding the roses
Root pruning large shrubs in containers, feeding and top dressing
Painting the plant tables ready for lots more plants that we are getting ready to sell
Splitting containerised Agapanthus
Preparing to plant up our containers
Hard pruning shrubby Mediterranean plants like Santolina, Teucrium, Hyssop, winter savory and lavenders
In the vegetable patches:
Planting out peas, broad beans and cabbages grown in the greenhouse
Pricking out tomatoes
Chitting potatoes and adding mushroom compost to the potato bed ready for planting out in the next few weeks
Sowing the first veg outside – beetroot, carrot etc.
For an early crop – carrots, beetroot, dwarf beans and courgettes were all sown in early March under cover in the new poly tunnel