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Crawling Into Spring!

Officially we're now a few weeks into Spring; what a shame the weather doesn't know that!

In the Kitchen Gardener's Calendar April is the last month where we have to be creative with the leftover vegetables from last year's harvests - as the beginnings of the new Season's crops are starting to appear. For all gardeners it is the month of hope - the warmer and longer days mean plants start to get away and we start to get an idea of what the garden is going to look like this year.

Here on the nursery we are well into our Spring production of young plants - vegetables and ornamental, and the almost daily ritual is underway of moving plants from heated space - to cold glass for a week or so - and then outside - before finally being dispatched.

Out on the vegetable garden we are well behind, but in the greenhouse our early climbing peas are nearly 2 feet tall and crops of carrots and spinach are also well advanced - and we've been cropping fresh herbs for a few weeks now. That really is one of the benefits of not using any nasties here on the nursery - if we want to pinch (from plants we are selling) a few sprigs of 'this' or few leaves of 'that' to cook with at home we know its safe to eat straight from the plant.

At home you should have tidied up your garden by now; if you haven't, take a little extra care now as birds will have started nesting. Your early sowings are probably nearly ready for hardening off and planting out now. If you haven't made any sowings you can quickly catch up by ordering young vegetable plants from us - already hardened off and ready for going straight in the ground. It's also time for getting potatoes and shallots into the ground as well as starting some of those direct vegetable sowings outside.

The continued cooler night time temperature does however have one bonus - there is still time to plant bare root fruit - whatever the gardening magazines may say (remember current issues were written many months ago when weather conditions for April were just a guess) - and of course pot grown fruit plantings can continue right through.

But enough about things you can eat! Now is a perfect time to fill those hungry gaps in your borders with young perennials - guaranteeing a show for later in the year. And for those who want to take the garden indoors why not turn over a part of your garden or allotment to growing flowers for cutting? Now is the time to be planning and making your sowings - the results will bring cheer and colour to both where they are grown and, when cut, to your house (and don't forget the bees and beneficial insects they will encourage and provide food for).

April really is a busy month in the garden - it certainly is a busy month here on the nursery.