Gardening Jobs for April

Posted: 1 Apr 2022

Hello April 

Find out what to do in your garden, allotment and greenhouse in April, with our handy, 'Simon says'. 

• Plant up hanging baskets and patio tubs with summer flowering plants and grow-on in frost-free conditions.  Remember to mix in slow, or continuous-release fertiliser to the compost when planting.

• Raise the air temperature around half-hardy plants by laying horticultural fleece over them on nights where frost is forecast.

• Scatter Fish, blood and bone, or chicken manure pellets over the soil around established trees and shrubs to give them a boost.

• Top up the mulch on established flower beds to reduce weeds and water evaporation.

• Sow Sweet Peas outside, where you want them to grow.

• Smash up clay clods that the frosts have failed to deal with in the vegetable patch and prepare for planting.

• Hoe off annual weeds in the vegetable patch, or use a pelargonic acid-based weedkiller to create a sterile bed for sowing and planting.

• Thin out carrot seedlings in the evenings when there are less carrot root flies sniffing about.

• Plant out 2nd early and maincrop seed potatoes.

• Place Cabbage collars around the base of brassicas to prevent Cabbage root fly from attacking. 

• Apply Evergreen 4-in1 to lawns to help create a lush lawn for the summer.

• Repair lawns by lightly raking bald patches and sowing new grass seed.

• Improve lawns on clay soils by using an aerator and filling the holes with sand.  Do not use spikes or forks on clay soil lawns, as that compacts the soil and leads to poor aeration and drainage.

• If aphid infections are too much for the blue tits to keep under control, spray them with a suitable bug killer late in the evening, when the bees are tucked up in bed!

• Feed the busy, wild birds who are busy rearing their new chicks.  

• Hang apple and plum moth traps in the fruit trees to keep an eye on the moth population and prepare for attack!!  


Gardening Jobs for April

???????? The Queen's Platinum Jubilee ????????⁠

Get yourselves Jubilee ready with our lovely selection of Jubilee products. ⁠

Pick up some Fabulous Farmhouse Pickle, Classy Caramelised Onion Chutney or perhaps something sweet might take your fancy - Lush Lemon Curd, British Strawberry Jam and Marvellous Orange Marmalade. ⁠

Have tea with the Queen with our Luxury Tea Collection from the English Tea Shop or have the Best of British Elderflower Cordial. ⁠

Why not pick up some collectable memorabilia by Alison Gardiner? She has created an illustrated fine bone china mug to commemorate the day. Only 5000 are being sold worldwide, so it makes the perfect royal souvenir! ⁠

We've got everything you need to have the best Jubilee Afternoon Tea celebrations. ⁠

#queensplatinumjubilee #platinumjubilee #meadowcroftgardencentre
???? Clematis - The Queen of Climbers ????⁠

Clematis produce masses of flowers in a wide variety of shapes and colours. With careful selection, it’s possible to enjoy their blooms throughout the year, and with plants suited to growing on walls and fences, up obelisks and pergolas, into trees, in containers and even in a mixed border, it is easy to see why these versatile plants are one of the most popular in gardens. ⁠

For those will little garden space, clematis provide a good way of maximising what is available and still bringing colour! ⁠

Whether it's a Spring flowering, Summer/Autumn flowering or Winter flowering variety you would like, we have hundreds in stock for you to choose from, so come along and choose your Queen of Climbers. ⁠

#clematis #queenofclimbers #climbers #meadowcroftgardencentre
Press Day at the Chelsea Flower Show! ????????⁠

Pictured is a stand in memory of our dear friend Peter Seabrook.⁠

We're delighted to have been able to provide a hanging basket full of Meadow Croft Grown Basket Plants ????⁠

#ChelseaFlowerShow #peterseabrook #RHS #FlowerShow #ShowGardens #Plants #Planting #HangingBasket ⁠
???????? The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations ????????⁠

Come and join @meadowcroftkitchen over the Queen's Jubilee Weekend to get your hands on the renown Goddard's Pie & Mash ????⁠

Did you know? ⁠
Goddards have been making and selling London pie and mash since 1890! ⁠

Single Pie & Mash or if you're feeling hungry, go for a Double Pie & mash - of course with your choice of liquor or gravy. ⁠

You cannot miss this one! ????????⁠

Meadow Croft Kitchen are also serving a special Jubilee menu over the weekend full of delicious homemade food! ⁠

#queensplatinumjubileeweekend #platinumjubilee #jubileecelebrations #pieandmash #goddardspieandmash⁠
Houseplant of the Week ⁠

⭐ Maranta Prayer Plant ⭐⁠

Marantas are beautiful house plants, grown for their bold and striking foliage. The oval, variegated leaves are intricately patterned in a range of colours and patterns that look like an artist’s brushstrokes. The undersides of the leaves are often dark red.⁠

Marantas are nicknamed prayer plants – they close up their leaves at night, like hands in prayer, before opening them up again at dawn. This daily movement is known as nyctinasty and is fascinating to witness.⁠

⭐ Marantas are a social media sensation with many people videoing a time lapse to see how they 'pray' and move their leaves depending on light ⭐⁠

How to care for your prayer plant⁠

☀️ They need a consistently warm spot and bright but indirect light – keep them out of direct sunshine. ⁠

???? Keep the soil moist from spring to autumn, and provide some humidity by misting the leaves daily or standing on a tray of moist pebbles. They need to be watered with filtered or distilled water, or rainwater – not tap water.⁠

Many varieties available in our Houseplant department! ⁠

#marantaprayerplant #prayerplant #meadowcroftgardencentre #calathea #houseplantsmakemehappy #houseplantsmakepeoplehappy #indoorplants #Houseplantshop #greenupyourhome #indoorjungle #plantsagram #houseplantsforlife
New In! ⁠

This Mydflower Elderflower Sparkling Wine balances dry and sweet, with a heady elder fragrance, refreshing but intoxicating at 5.3%. It is made with wild elderflowers, Welsh mountain spring water, and fresh lemon in the Brecon Beacons, nurtured by hand in small batches. ⁠

It's a lovely alternative to beer and cider - low sugar, gluten free, low alcohol, preservative free - a true natural sparkling wine.⁠

???????? Perfect for The Queen's Jubilee Weekend ????????⁠

Available in our Food Shop⁠

#mydflower #breconbeacons #sparklingwine #meadowcroftfoodshop #meadowcroftgardencentre
Brakeburn Clothing⁠


We're holding a Jubilee Bonanza 25% off event across our Outdoor Living Department!*⁠

You'll be able to get 25% off selected ranges. ⁠
⭐Hartman Garden Furniture Sets ⁠
⭐Egg Chairs ⁠
⭐Fire Pits & Chimineas⁠
⭐Water Features⁠
⭐Cadac BBQ's & Accessories⁠
*whilst stocks last ⁠

Friday 20th May - Sunday 5th June Only ⁠

???? Come along this weekend to get your garden Jubilee ready and fit for a Queen ???? ⁠
???? National Children's Gardening Week ????⁠

National Children’s Gardening Week celebrates the fun that gardens hold for kids. Children love growing plants and love being involved in the garden but they’re often impatient, wanting to see instant results. ⁠⁠
National Children’s Gardening Week aims to capture children’s enthusiasm at a time when results are immediate.⁠

Come along this week 28th May - 5th June and pick up a children's goody bag and colouring sheet from The 10th Hole!* ⁠

*Limited availability - while stocks last⁠ #linkinbio⁠

#childrensgardeningweek #nationalchildrensgardeningweek #meadowcroftgardencentre
Meadow Croft Grown Hanging Baskets ⁠

Gorgeous aren't they? ???? ⁠

Come along this weekend and take your pick! ⁠
All individually priced. ⁠

#hangingbaskets #meadowcroftgrown
???? Father's Day Competition ????⁠

Be in with the chance of winning this hamper worth £75!! ⁠

This hamper includes - A pack of Dad jokes, 3 Dad themed premium ales, 1 radio tin of biscuits, a BBQ smokehouse sauce, marinade and salt gift set, a bag of giant toasting marshmallows and a toasting fork! ⁠

???? All you have to do is like this post, comment your favourite garden moment with your dad and share the post to your story and tag us @meadowcroftgc ????⁠

Competition closes on Monday 13th June and the winner will be contacted via social media. The hamper must be collected from the garden centre. ⁠

#fathersdaycompetition #competition #fathersday #giveaway #meadowcroftgardencentre ⁠
National Children's Gardening Week ???? ⁠

Read and Plant with @willsow.books⁠

Buy a book from us today, read the story to the children and then together you can plant a page and watch the vegetables grow! ⁠

Willsow books are made with special handmade paper embedded with real vegetable and herb seeds. When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, vegetables will grow from the paper, amazing right!⁠

#nationalchildrensgardeningweek #willsow #plantablebook #meadowcroftgardencentre

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