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JOBS FOR THE MONTH

TASKS FOR YOUR VEGETABLE PATCH IN APRIL BY JOYCE RUSSELL

Photos by Ben Russell

Sow carrots from mid- April

10 MINUTE JOB

SOW CARROTS

Seeds germinate in 14 days if soil is warm, so wait until mid- April to sow in prepared outdoor beds. Put a little sterilised potting compost in the bottom of each drill before sowing and water lightly so soil is damp. Cover with insect- proof netting and protect seedlings from slugs.

SOW PUMPKINS

Put one seed in each 12cm (5in) pot of good compost. Cover with polythene and keep at 20C (68F) until seedlings emerge. Young plants grow fast and can be put out into a garden bed when conditions are warm enough.

WEED ONION AND GARLIC BEDS

Alliums need plenty of water to swell decent-sized bulbs. Plants are shallow rooted and they suffer from competition if too many weeds are allowed to grow. Hand weeding causes least damage to roots, but you can use a hoe with care between widely spaced rows.

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