Weeds start to become a problem when the weather is warm and the soil, moist. Look closely at bare soil and you will see the two tiny leaves of germinating weed seedlings. Now is the time to take action. On a dry, sunny day, preferably with a wind, work the hoe between the plants. This disturbs the seedlings, exposing their roots to sun and wind and at the same time, reducing soil moisture loss. If the surface soil is loosened, water is unable to move to the surface by capillary action.
Plant more potatoes, to be harvested in September or October and stored for the winter. The weather should be warm enough to sow seeds directly into the ground. Prepare a seed bed and direct sow brassicas, to provide seedlings for winter greens, biennials like wallflowers for next year. Directly sow radishes, more carrot, rocket and roots like swede and parsnip.
Tomatoes can be installed in growbags or containers in the greenhouse. Watch for whitefly and fumigate regularly as a precaution. Slugs will make themselves known to you.
It is time to wheel out the lawnmower. Leave the grass catcher behind for the first few mowings, to allow the clippings to be returned to the soil.
Spring is a busy time in the garden, treasure every moment !
For more detailed information and timings go to our individual vegetable, herb and fruit pages. If you want to see a
condensed vegetable advice page with planting, sowing, care and
harvesting information for the entire year on one page then go to our vegetable calendar.