What to do in April

Brighten up the garden by adding a splash of colour with some red geraniums.  101 (800x450)

They looked spectacular at this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

Top up mulch on your vegie patches and ornamental beds, very important for weed suppression.  A hot tip is to mulch after a good soaking rain or water garden bed to a depth of about 7cm. Keep mulch clear of plant stems… especially young seedlings. Choose a low environmental impact mulch, one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down.

Plant green manure crops, including oats, wheat, mustard and field peas to improve that dormant vegie patch, and get ready for next season’s heavy feeding plants!

Liquid feed … plants feel the need for a feed at this time of year. A seaweed tea, worm juice or any low environmental impact liquid fertiliser, is perfect for the seedlings you’ve just popped in. Apply to the soil early in the morning.Cabbage White Butterfly

Plant:  Broad beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Onions, Radish, Shallots, Silverbeet, Spinach, Spring onion, Turnips

Look for the Cabbage White Butterfly.  While writing this article, I have noticed more than usual amounts of the Cabbage White Butterfly.  They are quite striking with two lovely grey/black spots on their wings.  They love laying their eggs all over plants such as cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower.  The destructive cycle is the blue-green caterpillar.  They dislike smelly herbs, like dill, sage and coriander.  A home made chilli spray or Bacillius thuringiensis bacteria (from your garden centre) is very effective.  Another very effective method is to physically remove them and feed them to the chooks!