Not quite the start of the month, but pretty close. Here’s what should be happening in my vegie patch this month.
Remaining summer vegetables (for me that includes eggplants and capsicums which have finally started fruiting as well as a couple of cucumbers which are having a very impressive and late second wind) as well as apples, pears, quinces and figs. I can achieve the last one, but the rest are just a pipe dream. Perhaps a dwarf pear tree could be my next acquisition.
Pumpkins and winter squash. “Cure” the fruits by leaving them in the sun so their skins harden and the flesh ripens. I only have one pumpkin on my vine and I will leave it a bit longer as it went in quite late, but then I will follow this advice. I did have a second pumpkin, but accidently harvested it far too early.
Broad bean seeds – I have their garden bed ready and waiting, but will plant them towards the end of the month.
Garlic, onions and rhubarb. I’ve done most of the garlic already, I have a few onions under glass at the moment (it’s probably too late to plant more seeds, but I think I will anyway after Easter). Rhubarb is one of those things I’ve longed for in the garden, so I might try to find a crown to buy soon. I’m not sure where I’ll plant it, but I tend to worry about that after any purchases.
Supports used for climbing beans, peas and tomatoes. I’ve done this already, though I’m planting more peas soon so some will go back up.
Dead plant material and compost it. Begin winter digging (what does that mean??). I’ve done the first bit.
It seems April is a month of getting the less exciting jobs done in the garden and less about either harvesting or planting. I think I will probably try my luck with a few plantings anyway, plugging wholes that have not yet been filled. Rules are, after all, made to be broken aren’t they.