- Keep weeds under control
- Protect vege patch from slugs
- Protect late fruiting trees from frost
- Feed citrus plants
- Harvest early fruiting feijoas
- Keep an eye out for ripening passionfruit
Vegetable and fruit garden
It's time to plant that hearty vege for harvest during early winter, from brassicas, carrots, leafy greens and beets, there is plenty to plant in your garden this month. If you’re looking for a continual supply of these veges over winter we suggest planting them every two to three weeks that way they’re not all ready to harvest at the same time.
If you would like to grow something a bit different this autumn, we would recommend giving asparagus a “grow”, while it does take some time the end results are so rewarding, you’ll probably keep growing them. On average asparagus takes four years for their first heads to appear but if they’re in an ideal environment with all needed resources a good bed could probably last up to 50 years!
It’s also not too late to plant your leeks, ideally, leeks prefer cooler winter temps but they’ll thrive if you get them in the ground now while the soil is still quite warm. Plant your leek seedlings next to your carrots, lettuce and beets. Plant your seedlings 20cm apart, and for your best chance at fat leeks, plant your seedlings deeply (in 10cm holes). Mould up the soil around them as they grow, and give regular feeds of fertiliser as well. Remember they are a long-game vege, and can take 3 - 5 months to be ready to harvest. You can check out Henri’s leek planting video here).
April is also time to tidy up your garden by tying up your beans, move out tomatoes and chillies into a warm place or cover them up with a plastic or glass covering to protect them from cold snaps. Thin your carrots and Harvest the rest of your end of summer crops such as tomatoes, beets, chillies and capsicum.
It’s also time to harvest your grapes If your passionfruit is dropping like crazy, you can freeze them as they are or try our passionfruit curd recipe. Prune your peaches and plum trees once they’re done fruiting.
Flower and herb garden
In your flower garden, plant wallflowers, stock, sweet peas and of course, Polyanthus, pansies and primulas. These varieties add vibrant colours to your autumn garden and work well in hanging basket, pots and tubs.
If you’re looking to plant out hanging baskets plant your lower growing varieties such as violas, lobelia and pansies around the edge of the basket and fill the centre of your basket with taller growing varieties such as stock, wallflowers and carnations. You can also add herbs to change things up a bit.
In your herb garden, it’s time to move your basil indoors/ greenhouse or cover them up so that they’re protected from cold snaps. Plant your thyme, oregano and lemongrass and cut back your sage and rosemary.
April is also the perfect time to plant flowering natives such as hebe’s (wiri image and oratia beauty) or corokia and Pohutukawa. The nursery has just introduced a new pittosporum variety, pittosporum Karo which is a lovely evergreen shrub that produces red flowers from late spring to early summer. This variety of pittosporum has quite larger leaves compared to other varieties and has a silvery shine – it’s a beautiful addition to any native garden and provides the perfect addition to any native garden.
During the cooler months your kakabeak might start to look a bit yellow and you may notice that its leaves are starting to fall off. This is likely because of the clianthus caterpillar which can cause quite a bit of damage to these endangered plants. These little critters make their appearance at night so grab your torch and go caterpillar hunting and remove these little pests as much as possible and as you see fit, then apply Novatec premium fertilizer every four weeks to nurture your plant back to life.