North Harbour News - - SITUATIONS VACANT -

Win­ter-dor­mant peren­nial crops of as­para­gus and rhubarb may not be show­ing any signs of life yet, but they will at least be think­ing about it! (Even though the first lo­cally grown as­para­gus spears are avail­able in shops al­ready, my first spears don’t emerge un­til early Oc­to­ber.) Re­move any weed growth around both of these crops and mulch them well to stop an­other rash of weed seeds ger­mi­nat­ing in spring. No weeds also means no place for slugs and snails to hide, while mulching also helps in­su­late the soil, warm­ing it up just a notch. harvest mode. Bridge the gap be­tween the last win­ter bras­si­cas and the first sum­mer salad greens with spinach, silverbeet or colour­ful Swiss chard. Plant a row of spinach (or the mild ‘Per­pet­ual’ va­ri­ety of silverbeet) un­der a cloche or plas­tic-cov­ered grow tun­nel to cut the grow­ing time from plot to plate.

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