August in the Vegie Patch

Seed sowing time rolls round again Ain’t it great when seeds and seedlings are back! Here’s your pre spring check list Clean your seedtrays. Just use water and a stiff scrubbing brush, then leave them out in the sun. Once upon a time I would have rolled my eyes at such advice, thinking it over […]

It’s Time To Feed Your Fruit Trees

Deciduous Fruit Trees Before feeding comes weeding. If you didn’t free your trees in Autumn – now is good … before the weeds get their spring grow on. Grass is so damn competitive – such an efficient gobbler of nutrients. The trees need ’em, not the grass! Feeder roots are shallow so give them some […]

How To Prune Redcurrants And Blackcurrants

Pruning currants makes the wickedest difference to the amount and quality of fruit because the fruits come on young wood. Left unpruned, the harvests become increasingly pathetic – too much old unproductive wood! An annual winter prune and a spring feed will inspire the new wood to come through, netting yourself a haul of about […]

Steady As She Goes

Patience is required at this time of year, dear gardener. Success hinges on friable (the opposite of soggy), 10° + soil. Get your soil thermometer out, and check. At 10 degrees your soil is ready to receive compost or lime, ready to grow cool weather crops (because face it, 10° is still pretty fresh!). Cloches […]