April Sow Off

This is the month to pack your greenhouse and window sills with seedlings. There’s also a big selection of crops to sow direct outside, and no doubt lots of potting on to do if you have sown your tomatoes already. I’ve been potting on mine this week.

They’ve been steadily growing on my south facing kitchen window sill since 10th March. I’m trying Ruthje, Clementine, Black Cherry, Berner Rose, Yellow Submarine and Yellow Pear this year. Don’t despair if you haven’t sown them yet, but get them sown this week! Or look into buying organic plug plants of a variety of veg if you want to skip sowing yourself. Try www.organicplants.co.uk or www.rocketgardens.co.uk.

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I’m a little behind with the rest of my sowing as we have been concentrating on getting in the native hedging before the end of March and fencing off our field.  But there is still time to catch up in April. For those of you that don’t know, I have a brand new kitchen garden to develop here in Suffolk on an acre of land. We are also renovating a tumble down barn that sits in the middle of it, making it into a sustainable home.

Below are some sowing suggestions for April. This list is not exhaustive but is part of my usual sowing plan and should form a good guide. I use plug/module trays for all my sowings. I find them much easier than seed trays and pricking out but it does depend on the space you have. Try www.plasticfreegardening.com or www.plantcell.co.uk for some plastic free or recyclable options.

Hedging time

Hedging time


April Indoor sowings – heated greenhouse or windowsill.

Vegetables – Tomatoes (NOW), Chard, Lettuce, Kale, Fennel, Kohl Rabi, Leeks.

Edible Flowers – Calendula, Borage, Cornflowers. (Nasturtiums end of April)

Cut flowers (to brighten the plot) – Cosmos , Ami Majus, Sunflowers (this is just my selection, many more possible)

Late April Indoor – heated greenhouse or windowsill.

 Winter Squash/Pumpkin, Courgette, New Zealand Spinach, Kale (if you want for summer production as well as winter), Climbing Beans and Runner Beans (can also leave until early May), Cucumber, Sweetcorn.

April Outside Sowings – direct sown – invest in some horticultural fleece to cover new seedlings until weather is warmer.

 Spinach, Potatoes, Radish, Rocket, Oriental Greens, Cimi di Rappa, Coriander, Dill, Chervil, Parsley, French Sorrel, Celeriac, Chard, Carrot (early types), Beetroot, Turnip, Broad Bean, Spring Onion, Peas, Leeks.