What can I plant in April? The best seeds to sow this month

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Spring has sprung and the weather is heating up as the nation starts unlocking. Groups of six can meet in outdoor settings now, so it’s time to spruce up your garden and ‘wow’ your friends with all the seeds you’ve sown. New to gardening? Here’s what fruits and vegetables you should be planting in April, according to the Royal Horticultural Society.

The RHS has listed 10 crucial jobs to get done in the garden in April. They are:

  • Keep weeds under control
  • Protect fruit blossom from late frosts
  • Tie in climbing and rambling roses
  • Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wildflower seed outdoors
  • Start to feed citrus plants
  • Increase the water given to houseplants
  • Feed hungry shrubs and roses
  • Sow new lawns or repair bare patches
  • Prune fig trees
  • Divide bamboos and waterlilies

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What can I plant in April?


April is the perfect time to plant “pot-grown fruit trees and bushes,” the RHS advice reads.

Apples, Apricots, Blueberries, Cherries, Figs, Grapes, Nectarines, Olives, Peaches, Pears, and Plums can all be grown in the UK in a pot.

You’ll need to be careful when it comes to choosing the type and rootstock (if necessary).

The RHS recommends clay or plastic pots of 45 to 50cm in diameter.

Make sure your fruit plant is in full sun, watered generously and pruned correctly.

The RHS advice states: “Liquid feed fruit trees in pots with a balanced feed every fortnight.

“Where possible, protect plum and pear flowers from frost but allow insects access for pollination
“Damp down or mist citrus plants regularly when flowering begins. Maintain a min temperature of 14°C.”

If you planted any strawberries in the winter after September, you can start de-blossoming them and pick the forced ones under heated glass.

The advice adds: “Ventilate strawberries under cloches and mulch with straw or mats.”

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You have lots of work to do when it comes to your vegetable patch in April.

Beetroot, carrot, swiss chard, summer cauliflower, kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks, radish, turnip, spring and pickling onions, peas and perpetual spinach can all be sown outdoors in well-prepared soil.

Fancy trying something unconventional? Go for some unusual vegetables such as salsify, Hamburg parsley or scorzonera – all can be sown outdoors in April.

If you don’t have much space outdoors, try sowing marrows, courgettes, pumpkins, squash, sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, celery, celeriac, salads and globe artichokes in a greenhouse or inside.

Jerusalem artichoke tubers, asparagus crowns, shallots, onion sets and garlic can also be planted in April.

You’ll need to sow your seeds and treat plants in a specific way during April.

The RHS advice says it’s important to support pea plants with sticks, twigs, green support mesh, or wire netting.

As soon as you see any seedlings large enough to be handled, thin them out.

During this month, you should make sure your early outdoor sowings are protected with fleece and polythene.

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