GAR­DEN HINTS

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with MANDI

WELL, spring has well and truly ar­rived with warm days and plenty of flow­ers.

The cool nights are keep­ing us on our toes with a few frosts still oc­cur­ring, so keep an eye out and pro­tect your veg­etable seedlings.

Un­for­tu­nately, we are not get­ting much rain, so it is very im­por­tant to wa­ter your plants now.

It is sur­pris­ingly dry when you start dig­ging around in the gar­den.

Deep wa­ter­ing now will bet­ter pre­pare your plants for sum­mer.

Check wa­ter­ing sys­tems and make sure they are all in work­ing or­der.

I think they will be needed quite a bit this sea­son.

Mulch well to help keep the ground moist and help sup­press weeds.

Fruit fly will start to be­come ac­tive as the days and nights warm up.

Make sure you have your lures and traps up early and as soon as you have fruit set on your trees cover them with fruit fly net­ting.

There is a lot of in­for­ma­tion avail­able and ad­vice to help you man­age fruit fly in your gar­den so come and have a chat.

Don’t give up on grow­ing your own pro­duce.

En­cour­age bees into the gar­den by plant­ing lots of flow­ers.

One of the plants that bees ab­so­lutely love is laven­der.

I have also no­ticed in my gar­den if I let some of my herbs go to flower the bees like these as well.

Bees do an amaz­ing job in our gar­dens so the least we can do is plant some flow­ers for them.

Also as the weather gets hot don’t for­get bees need wa­ter.

Bees don’t swim very well so make sure they can ac­cess the wa­ter eas­ily.

Day light sav­ing means more time to spend out­side in the gar­den - en­joy!

◆ SPRING BEAUTY: A tulip and vi­o­las.

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