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10th to 16th April – MrT’s Gardening Year – Episode 2023 04
In ‘10th to 16th April’ there is changeable weather in the garden with very heavy rain early in the week.
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Tuesday, April 11th:
MrT puts his Sweet Pea seedlings in the cold frame to harden off. Once he feels that they can withstand the weather they’ll go into large containers where they’ll spend the summer.
Because the weather is wet this afternoon MrT spends time in the greenhouse. It is time to tidy up the Geraniums that have been in pots over the winter. They are starting to grow rapidly and so he cuts out the dead parts of the plants and also takes cuttings because they root rapidly at this time of year.
Thursday, 13th April:
There are a number of the flamboyant Amaryllis plants growing in the greenhouse. More correctly these are Hippeastrum which originated in South America. MrT has a number of these, the parent and then bulbs that have come from the parent. It is time to take them into the house to flower.
The raspberry rows in the fruit cage need weeding. MrT only grows the Autumn fruiting raspberry Joan J because it is an early autumn fruiting variety with very large fruits. It is spineless, heavy cropping, stores well when frozen and tastes wonderful when just picked.
A Robin keeps MrT company as he weeds the rows because he is able to pounce on any interesting morsels that I unearth.
Saturday, 15th April:
The Petunias are starting to germinate because MrT can see very small plants colouring the vermiculite green. Let’s hope the slugs don’t get them.
The Tulips that have been planted in the border are now at their best. The yellow ones perform very well. These were first in pots and then, each year, move to the border after flowering. They get no care during the year!
Sunday, April 16th:
This year the Clivea, which MrT moved inside a few weeks ago, are flowering wonderfully.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed joining MrT in the garden. Please keep your eyes open for the next gardening week.
Many resources to help you in the garden can be found on the RHS website. You’ll find information on all aspects of gardening and news about their five wonderful gardens at Wisley (Surrey), Bridgewater (Salford), Harlow Carr (Harrogate), Hyde Hall (Essex) and Rosemoor (Devon).
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