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Things to do in the garden, in April

The worms have draw a week of tasks in the garden for May. There’s quite a few to dos, like protecting your Marigold seedling, plugs and plants from the wicked slugs and snails … have a good weekend gardening!

  • If you are growing Marigold seedlings, be on the look out for slugs and snails, they love them. This cartoon shows two worms observing a slug about to munch on a marigold. One worm says to the other, “ Agreed, the slug looks like it’s it’s on one knee … but it’s not about to propose.”
  • Tie and support climber stems now. If you want a trick to promote new growth lower down the plant, tie the top stems down. The cartoon shows two worms looking at a plant that has the stems tied in and the top stem tied down. One worm says to the other, “ Restricting the tip’s sap flow promotes growth lower down the stem.” The other worm says, “good tip”
  • Prepare your brassica protection from pigeons and cabbage whites before planting them out later in May. The cartoon shows two worms in front of a netted cage. One worm says, “They’re ready for the pigeons, cabbage whites and root fly … “ The other worm replies, “ I think the flies will get through those holes”
  • Get a head start, grow your sweetcorn indoors or under glass at a steady 18-21 degrees. This cartoon shows two worms in sweetcorn seedling pots. One worm is lying back on a beach towel, wearing sunglasses. The other worm says, “I see you are warming to the idea of growing sweetcorn.”
  • As the ground gets warmer now, so does the likelihood of germination. Try sowing outdoor crops such as peas and leafy greens. The cartoon shows two worms in the soil with a seedling growing and a thermometer in the soil with the temperature of 45 degrees. One worm says to the other, “ Seeds will start growing at about 45 degrees.” The other worm, looking at the seedling growing perpendicular to the ground says, “ That looks more like 90 degrees”
  • Fortify new strawberry plants by pinching out the flowers in their first season. Keep them well watered and apply liquid feed. The cartoon is of two worms watching a gloved hand pinch out a strawberry flower head. One worm says, “ If you pinch them it’ll encourage a bumper crop next year.” The other worm replies,”Green and light fingered, eh?!”

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Wild flower meadows flower for longer due to the diverse range of plants in them. That’s more flowers for you, and more food for the bees and insects. Plant one and join the Gardener’s World Put Pollinators First campaign – raising awareness of the decline of our pollinators @GWmagazine

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With a panel of pollinator experts, committed to helping bees and other pollinating insects to thrive, Dr Trevor Dines says, ” Since the 1930’s, over 97 percent of our wildflower meadows have been destroyed. That’s 7.5 million acres, gone. Now you can understand why our pollinators are in such trouble.”

There are 3 ideas:

Sow some pollinator meadow seeds

Create habitats for butterflies, moths and caterpillars

Make a cornfield nectar bar

By making a meadow, even on a small scale, we can provide a banquet for pollinators that’ll help them to thrive.

Here are some seed suppliers and links:

Dobies

Thomson and Morgan – how to sow wildflower seeds

RHS – How to grow a mini wild flower meadow

More from the worms

Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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