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April jobs in the garden

PUBLISHED: 18:40 20 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:01 20 February 2013

April jobs in the garden

April jobs in the garden

From our plant of the month to what to grow to eat, we've got all your Kentish garden questions answered

April jobs in the garden

From our plant of the month to what to grow to eat, weve got all your Kentish garden questions answered

Plant of the month

Fritillaria imperialis, crown imperial

  • showy perennial bulb

  • bell-shaped flowers in yellow, red or orange

  • much larger than other fritillaries

  • fist-sized bulbs

Growing notes

  • hardy

  • well-drained soil in full sun

  • height up to 120cm

  • work well in mixed borders

  • the foxy smell is believed to deter rodents and moles

  • add plenty of grit when planting bulbs in September or October

  • and take care as bulb can irritate skin and eyes

  • after flowering allow foliage to die down, when yellow cut to ground level

Ornamental tasks

  • divide clumps of herbaceous perennials and replant

  • sow hardy annuals and ornamentals, such as lobularia, limnanthes and erysimum

  • sweet peas can be sown outside

  • put supports in place ready for plants to grow through

  • deadhead spring bedding to prolong flowering

To taste

  • crops to sow include beetroot, peas, broad beans, chard, kale, leeks, spinach and cauliflower

  • hoe soil regularly to stop weeds growing

  • plant out second early potatoes early April and maincrop late April

  • plant crowns of asparagus

  • feed strawberries and fruit trees

Something extra

If you would like to attract more wildlife to your garden, one thing all wildlife needs is water, either to drink or live part of their lives in. Things to consider include ensuring that some edges are sloping and shallow to make it easy for access, position in sunny area and use plenty of native plants. As well as attracting amphibians and insects such as dragonflies, you will attract predators, maybe even bats on the hunt for insects for dinner.

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