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What to sow in April?

If you're an avid gardener, you know that April is a good month for sowing seeds and starting your gardening season. The weather starts to warm up, and the days are longer, providing good conditions for plants to thrive. In some areas there are still risk of frost, so be sure to cover your crops with warming fiber cloths or keep your plants inside, until the warmer temperatures arrive.

So, what can you sow in April? Tomatoes are a garden staple, and March and April is the best time to start sowing tomato seeds. You can start your seeds indoors in growing trays, and once the weather warms up, you can transplant them into your garden. Tomatoes need warm temperatures to grow, so it's essential to wait until the risk of frost has passed before planting them outside. There are many varieties of tomatoes to choose from, including heirloom and hybrid varieties. No matter what type of tomato you choose, make sure to provide them with plenty of sunshine, water, nutrition and support as they grow.

Swiss chard is a leafy green that is perfect for sowing in April. This hardy plant is packed with nutrients and is incredibly versatile. You can sow Swiss chard seeds directly into your garden or start them indoors and then transplant them. Swiss chard is a cold-hardy crop, which means it can withstand frost and cooler temperatures. It's also a slow-bolting plant, which means it can be harvested over a more extended period.

If you would like to plant other vegetables in your garden, you can find different varieties of seeds in our assortment, such as beetroot seeds, leek seeds, brussels sprouts, celeriac seeds, kale seeds, courgette seeds, radish seeds and lettuce seeds. Sowing your own vegetables is a good idea and a rewarding activity, since you get to harvest nutritious plants later in the season.

April is also an excellent time to sow some annual flowers, such as marigolds, zinnias, and cosmos. These colourful flowers will add a pop of color to your garden throughout the summer. You can also sow sunflowers in April and let them blossom in your garden.

When it comes to what to do in the garden in early spring, it is the time to prepare your soil. You can add compost or well-rotted manure to the soil to improve its structure and nutrient content. This will provide a healthy environment for your plants to grow. April is also a great time to prune your trees and shrubs. This will help to promote healthy growth and maintain their shape. Additionally, you can start weeding your garden beds to prevent the weeds from taking over your plants.

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leafs_double_flipped_new.svgVermiculite or perlite?

Vermiculite and Perlite are both light, gritty grains that barely weigh anything at all, but although they look similar, they have different characteristics.

Choose Vermiculite for starting seeds and for plants that need a moisture-retaining soil.

Choose Perlite when repotting or for your plants that need a sandy and well-drained soil.

Use them together to improve soil structure and properties. Mix two parts soil with one part Perlite and one part Vermiculite.

Learn more about Vermiculite and Perlite