Task of the Month

Our horticultural experts are on hand to give you monthly advice on what to do now! We'll help you tackle tasks one month at a time to get your garden in tip top shape all year round.

April

Top Tip

Fill a pocket diary with notes of all your sowings and plantings, successful or not.

This will be invaluable next year and please do not be tempted by early summer bedding plants wait for May which is another story! Enjoy April in your garden.

We are now well and truly into spring and April is what I would call “the exciting month”. There is so much to do in April that sometimes it is difficult to know where to start, however if you stick to the basics outlined below and enjoy the fresh air it will come together quite quickly.

Outdoors

Love your lawn in April and it will be lush and green all season. With a spring tine, rake any moss and debris from the Winter. Top dress any patchy areas with Bord na Móna Growise Enriched Topsoil and a good lawn seed. Fill in any hollows and then sprinkle a layer of  Bord na Móna Growise Organic Chicken Manure to get that lush colour back.

On a fine bright day bring all your houseplants out onto the lawn and give them a good watering, foliage and all. This will revive them no end. Repot where necessary into the next pot size using Bord na Móna Growise Houseplant Compost or Bord na Móna Growise John Innes No 3.

Soil which you dug in March or earlier will be soft and crumbly by now so get sowing all your vegetables. Incorporate plenty of Bord na Móna Growise Farmyard Manure before you start planting. Sow main crop potatoes, cabbage, kale, radish, beetroots, peas, broad beans, dwarf French beans, lettuce plants, shallots, leeks and, late in April, your carrots. These are just a few but they are my favourites. Plant up containers with Bord na Móna Growise Multipurpose Compost with John Innes and fill them with herbs to be placed near your kitchen for quick and easy picking.

In the greenhouse

Be careful in April as temperatures can rise dramatically and catch you out. Doors and vents will need to be opened fully on sunny days. Damp down floor areas in the morning to keep the humidity up as the dry air will dry out the foliage of your plants. The plants that can go in this month are tomatoes, peppers, chilli, sweetcorn, courgettes, and cucumbers - again just a selection, but definitely my favourites. Be careful though as night frosts are common in April so you will still need that heater.

Brendan Howell

Bord na Móna Horticulturist

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Gardening should be fun, but often people are afraid of getting things wrong, and too worried to give it a go.

That’s where we come in – we’ve got simple tasks for improving your garden, laid out month by month. Just follow along and soon you’ll have a beautiful garden, and the satisfaction of knowing you did it all yourself. If you’d like a more practical garden, why not use your outdoor space to grow your own fruits and vegetables?

Our growbags and simple instructions take all the guesswork out of it, and you’ll be reaping the rewards in no time!