Sea­sonal tasks

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - 2017 GARDENING CALENDAR -

Pre­pare your soil for spring plant­ing. Dig in green ma­nure crops sown in au­tumn, com­post and sheep pel­lets or dress with a gen­eral NPK fer­tiliser. Let the soil set­tle for a fort­night, then hoe out ger­mi­nat­ing weeds.

• Cover straw­berry beds with bird net­ting. Don’t use fine in­sect mesh as straw­ber­ries taste sweeter if pol­li­nated by bees.

• Sow a patch of sum­mer wild­flow­ers for bee fod­der.

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