Spring & Birstwith in Bloom

With the hour changed and the days lengthening April brings the expectation that warmth is on the way. Hopefully our lawns and borders have dried out by now and we can assess the winter casualties and repair and replant if necessary. I f you have a scantily filled border or patch of uninteresting ground then a few packs of hardy annual seeds will soon fill the gaps quickly and cheaply.Rake the soil and broadcast poppies, marigolds, cornflower, clarkia etc and watch a dull area transform itself. Brush up pots and tubs and make plans for early summer colour.

Early sown onions and garlic will romp away now and we can safely plant out robust broad bean seedlings. Once the month is in full swing sow seed trays with broccoli, cabbage, kale, peas and leeks. Chitted potatoes can be planted in deep pots or bags if kept sheltered for a while yet. As they grow add further layers of soil and keep moist.

April is a good month in which to prepare the veg plot by forking in compost, preparing drills and erecting supports for peas and beans. Beware of planting parsnip, carrot and turnip seeds direct too soon as our cold Yorkshire nights will not germinate them.

This coming year the B.H.S aims to begin its daunting task of transforming our village with the intention of entering Birstwith in Bloom in 2017. Look out for our posters and special events, we need your support.

One date for your diaries is a gardening talk and plant swap on Wed 18th May. Speaker Mr Michael Myers.

Happy gardening everyone.
Maureen Smith.

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