Gardening expert Colin Parbery from charity The Share Community shares top tips for April.

Croydon Guardian: Colin Parbery from charity The Share Community Colin Parbery from charity The Share Community

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party"... Well, I think that is what Robin Williams is quoted as saying.

Like any good party, your garden will benefit from a little planning but ultimately it’s your guests that make it a success.

Taking a look at the use of colour can modify the overall style of your garden as well as reflecting your personal taste.

The use of a colour wheel can help in forming effective colour combinations.

Opposite colours on the wheel, such as blue and yellow mix well together. We often find these combinations in nature and are gentle on the eyes.

Adjacent colours are strongly contrasting. For example, yellow, orange and red. These are more difficult to mix but can be used to dramatic effect.

In the vegetable garden, we can now start to sow beetroot, carrots, and lettuce. At this time of year, there is a significant difference between night and day temperatures, so it is ideal for sowing parsley but far too early for basil.

House plants, citrus and any patio plants that you have kept in overwinter can be put outside, taking care to place them in the shade to they don’t get sunburnt.

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1:00pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Yes, springtime says Let's party all right and my top tip is the wearing of a good pair of industrial ear defenders or classical music on the headphones of your MP3 player for some peace and quiet in the garden which gets filled with the sound of naighbours' blaring mindless radio programmes and the whine of electric gardening tools.
Yes, springtime says Let's party all right and my top tip is the wearing of a good pair of industrial ear defenders or classical music on the headphones of your MP3 player for some peace and quiet in the garden which gets filled with the sound of naighbours' blaring mindless radio programmes and the whine of electric gardening tools. Michael Pantlin
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2:09pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Binsanity says...

Well done Guardian, an informative article which should have a regular slot for us amateur gardeners who are trying to grow our own. Very helpful indeed, unlike the spurious rant in the previous comment which, sadly, we have become used to.
Well done Guardian, an informative article which should have a regular slot for us amateur gardeners who are trying to grow our own. Very helpful indeed, unlike the spurious rant in the previous comment which, sadly, we have become used to. Binsanity
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2:20pm Sun 6 Apr 14

ANNE GILES says...

I don't like classical music.
I don't like classical music. ANNE GILES
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2:27pm Sun 6 Apr 14

CPN says...

Some posters, Binsanity, seem unable to post here unless it is in a negative fashion. They also do not seem to understand that if their posts are always negative, this detracts from the genuinely critical posts they make.

And if you don't like classical music, ANNE GILES, don't listen to it! - easy!! And hardly relevant to top garden tips for April.
Some posters, Binsanity, seem unable to post here unless it is in a negative fashion. They also do not seem to understand that if their posts are always negative, this detracts from the genuinely critical posts they make. And if you don't like classical music, ANNE GILES, don't listen to it! - easy!! And hardly relevant to top garden tips for April. CPN
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2:44pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Binsanity says...

CPN wrote:
Some posters, Binsanity, seem unable to post here unless it is in a negative fashion. They also do not seem to understand that if their posts are always negative, this detracts from the genuinely critical posts they make.

And if you don't like classical music, ANNE GILES, don't listen to it! - easy!! And hardly relevant to top garden tips for April.
I understand your comment but we have all made comments that perhaps in retrospect we would not have made, ( spur of the moment, hot headed reply) it's just that some times the same negative person crops up which spoils or confuses the debate. Respect; CPN.
[quote][p][bold]CPN[/bold] wrote: Some posters, Binsanity, seem unable to post here unless it is in a negative fashion. They also do not seem to understand that if their posts are always negative, this detracts from the genuinely critical posts they make. And if you don't like classical music, ANNE GILES, don't listen to it! - easy!! And hardly relevant to top garden tips for April.[/p][/quote]I understand your comment but we have all made comments that perhaps in retrospect we would not have made, ( spur of the moment, hot headed reply) it's just that some times the same negative person crops up which spoils or confuses the debate. Respect; CPN. Binsanity
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