I hope you all had a lovely Easter and got a chance to work on your gardens – weather permitting! With so many jobs to do at this time of year, I've tried to prioritise my list. See what you think…
Grow your own gladioli
Gladioli look fantastic in the garden and make great cut flowers too. Buy the biggest corms you can get and plant them in clumps in a sunny, well drained spot.
For an even better display of daffodils next year, take off any dead flowers and feed them once a week with a high potash fertiliser like Flower Power. It’s also important not to tie up or remove the leaves for the first six weeks after flowering.
Get an extra early crop of French beans by sowing some seeds indoors in pots of multipurpose compost. The young plants will be the perfect size for planting out once the last frosts have finished next month.
Move evergreen plants
If you've got an evergreen plant in the wrong place, now's a good time to move it. Once re-planted, give it a good watering to help it settle into its new position.
Spring clean your garden
The Easter period is the perfect time to tidy the patio. Clean the slabs using a pressure washer, or a stiff broom and water. Use non-abrasive cleaner to spruce up resin furniture or use teak oil to restore the colour to hardwood furniture. Finally, add a splash of instant colour with some pots of flowering pansies.
Pot on houseplants
Got any houseplants out-growing their pots? April's the best month for potting them on. Use a good quality compost and mix in some controlled-release fertilizer to give your plant a real growth boost through the summer.
Check back next week for more April gardening jobs.