Our monthly calendar guides focus on what we do: Wildflowers, edible crops and wildlife. Here, we'll take you step-by-step through the most important sowing, growing and nature-friendly tasks for April.
Sowing and growing wildflowers
We've reached peak sowing season
The second half of April is the perfect time to sow most types of wildflower seeds. The last heavy winter frosts (at least should) have passed, and sowing in April still gives annual wildflowers like cornflowers and field poppies plenty of time to mature and bloom during the summer.
Our bumper wildflower seed variety pack includes all six of our wildflower varieties - so it's a great option to get your started.
It's also the perfect time to start sowing foxglove seeds directly into the ground.
The foxglove is a biennial wildflower, meaning it has a two-year life cycle. In the first year the plant develops roots and foliage, and in the second year it flowers (during the summer), then sets seed and dies.
Foxgloves do well both in sun and partial shade - and you can find out exactly how to grow them here.
Sunflower seeds are another favourite for April sowing.
They're not a wildflower, but we sell them because they're a fantastic source of food for birds and bees (and great fun for the wee ones 😊)
Sowing and growing fruit, vegetables and herbs
Sowing and growing outdoors
Once all frosts are passed, you can sow various root vegetables directly into the ground this month. Carrots, parsnips, beetroot and radish should all do well sown into well-prepared ground in April.
Other vegetables you can sow outside during April include rocket, rainbow chard, leek, spinach, peas, beans, cabbages and cauliflower.
Lots of folk also pop their chitted potatoes into the ground this month - as well as planting out their asparagus.
And when it comes to herbs, April is often the best month to sow borage. As a plant that originated in warmer climes, it doesn't like frost, so just make sure you check the weather forecast first!
Our any 5 organic vegetable seeds package is a great way to start growing your own.
Sowing and growing indoors
April is the month to get both courgette and squash seeds started indoors, in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill. They need lots of warmth and moisture to get going, but make sure the compost isn't waterlogged, or the seeds are likely to rot before they germinate.
It's also a great time to start growing tomatoes, sweet peppers, chilli peppers, cucumbers, basil and other windowsill herbs indoors.
We've put together these complete seed starter kits to help folk get going on their windowsills. They're 100% plastic-free and peat-free, with biodegradable pots, coir starter compost, wooden markers and your choice of seeds included.
Top tips to help wildlife
Introduce native plants to your wildlife pond
Back in February, we suggested you create a wildlife pond in your garden.
With the weather turning a wee bit warmer during April, now is the perfect time to add some aquatic plants!