The orchard is waking up. Hurrah! blossom will soon be here. The trees sleep is over, and so is the gardeners. Its time to get on the job.
One of the best things you can do as fruit tree caretaker is to make sure you wander your trees regularly. Get to know them through every stage: from bud break to blossom to pollination to fruit development to harvest to leaf fall. Notice too how they respond to your pruning cuts – such helpful stuff my pruning students!
When those buds fatten up and show their first glimmer of pink/ white/ green it’s your sign to feed them!
If mulch is thick, pull it back and replace it afterwards. If mulch is broken down just go on top.
- A fine layer of compost
- A dose of gypsum
- If your soil is on either end of the spectrum (sandy or heavy clay), or if your trees are new give a dose of full spectrum mineral fertiliser of your choosing
- A woodsy mulch. Unless, of course, comfrey is in the house.
Get something grunty around your strawberries to get the soil jamming, and create a moisture retentive fabric for their shallow roots. I like rotten manure for this job. Compost would be my next go to.
Citrus and passionfruit
Pull back the mulch, spread a fine layer of compost and some generous dollops of rotten manure or seaweed if you are still building worm populations. Replace the mulch.