Let's Garden, gardening tips
In April, Spring has arrived at last ! In the vegetable patch, the plants sown in March should be thinned out, while the first harvesting of aparagus and radish mean that the good weather has arrived. It is the time to plant most of the garden vegetables like carrots, chard, Summer lettuce, curly endives, escaroles, as well as Winter cabbage, red cabbage, etc...
Weeds take advantage of the good weateh to prosper, so hoeing and weeding is the order of the day ! At the same time, sowing in the greenhouse can be carried out (cauliflowers, celery, pumpkin, French beans, kidney beans). At the end of the month, when all danger of frost has gone, you can start planting tomatoes and herbes.
In the orchard, the time has come to remove the young shoots from the fenced trees. In the ornamental garden, the new lawn can still ,be planted if it hasn't already been done. The rose trees should be protected from parasites and fertilized. When the narcissae, tulips and jacinthas have flowered, remove the wilted flowers. After the last frosts, sow the first perennials and also the annuals like the curry plant or the snapdragon. It is also the ideal time to plant Summer or Autumn flowering bulbs like lilies, gladiolae, cannas, etc.. The dahlia tubers can be planted outdoors, as can the conifer hedges. Mimosas and the other acacias can be cut back.
On the balcony, the first planting in window boxes can begin.
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