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What to do in the garden in April:3 April 2015
It's spring! This is the month when all gardeners have a bounce to their stride. It's hard to go indoors when the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the garden is alive with the year's first flowers. Enjoy!
- Watch out for frosts and keep horticultural fleece handy to throw over any plants vulnerable to damage
- Trim back climbers threatening to invade your guttering and eaves, always cutting back to a pair of buds
- Prune forsythia as soon as flowering finishes, removing about one in five of the oldest stems
- Cut back old growth on ferns to make room for the new shoots and show them off as they unfurl
- Put up wigwams for climbers like sweetpeas and clematis, sinking four or five canes in a circle and tying together securely at the top.
- Sow spinach seed direct into the ground, spacing the easy-to-handle seeds about 5cm apart in shallow drills.
- Inspect fruit tree branches for woolly aphid, like white fluff on the bark; blast off with a jet of water if you spot them
- Plant asparagus in trenches, making mounds in the bottom to sit the spidery crowns on before back-filling with soil.