April — Gardener’s calendar

 
ROTATIONAL CROPS

CABBAGE FAMILY

(Cruciferae)
Sow in trays or pots: broccoli & quick-heading calabrese; sprouting broccoli (from mid-month); Brussels sprouts; summer & winter cabbage; Asturian tree cabbage; cauliflower; garden & land cress; kale; kohlrabi; rocket; mustard greens; Oriental greens; turnip greens

Sow in greenhouse or polytunnel: rapini (to mid-month)

Sow direct: broccoli & quick-heading calabrese; sprouting broccoli (from mid-month); Brussels sprouts; summer & winter cabbage; Asturian tree cabbage; cauliflower; garden & land cress; kale; kohlrabi; rocket; mustard greens; Oriental greens; summer radish; turnip; turnip greens

Harvest: sprouting broccoli; quick-heading calabrese; Asturian tree cabbage; cauliflower; garden & land cress; mustard greens; Oriental greens; summer radish; rapini (from mid-month); rocket; turnip greens (from mid-month)


AMARANTH/BEETROOT FAMILY

(Amaranthaceae)
Sow in trays or pots: amaranth grain (from mid-month); quinoa (from mid-month)

Sow direct: beetroot; chard & leaf beet; spinach

Harvest: chard & leaf beet (to mid-month); spinach


ONION FAMILY

(Alliaceae)
Sow in trays or pots: leeks

Sow direct: garlic, onion & shallot sets; bulb onion seed (to mid-month); leeks; spring onions (to mid-month)

Harvest: leeks (to mid-month)


PEA & BEAN FAMILY

(Leguminosae)
Sow in trays or pots: broad beans (to mid-month); runner beans (from mid-month); smooth- and wrinkle-seeded peas

Sow in greenhouse or polytunnel: French beans (from mid-month)

Sow direct: broad beans (to mid-month); smooth-seeded peas


CARROT FAMILY

(Umbelliferae)
Sow direct: carrots; parsnips; root parsley


POTATO FAMILY

(Solanaceae)
Sow in trays or pots (under heat): tomatoes (to mid-month)

Sow direct: first & second early and maincrop seed potatoes


MARROW FAMILY

(Cucurbitaceae)
Sow in trays or pots (under heat): courgette & summer squash (from mid-month); cucumber (from mid-month); winter squash (from mid-month)


SUNFLOWER FAMILY

(Asteraceae)
Sow in trays or pots: chicory; endive; lettuce

Sow in greenhouse or polytunnel: chicory; endive; lettuce

Sow direct: chicory; endive; lettuce; salsify; scorzonera

Harvest: endive; lettuce (from mid-month)


MISCELLANEOUS
Sow direct: minutina; New Zealand spinach (from mid-month); sorrel

Harvest: minutina; sorrel

PERMANENT CROPS
TASKS