Home­grown toma­toes worth the ef­fort

Northern News - - GARDENING - LYNDA HAL­LI­NAN

move them un­der a cloche or to a tun­nel­house for bet­ter light. The seedlings will need re­pot­ting into larger pots of pot­ting mix after a month. They will be ready to trans­plant at Labour Weekend.

WEED & FEED STRAW­BER­RIES

The first straw­ber­ries will be sup­press weed growth and keep the de­vel­op­ing fruit clear of the soil. Later, when the fruit is ripe, it will be less sus­cep­ti­ble to rot­ting on the un­der­sides or get­ting grey mould if it isn’t sit­ting on damp spring soil. Get your bird cov­ers sorted now too. Plas­tic net­ting does the trick.

MULCH RHUBARB & GET GROW­ING

This col­umn is adapted from the weekly e-zine, get grow­ing, from New Zealand Gar­dener mag­a­zine. For gar­den­ing ad­vice de­liv­ered to your in­box ev­ery Fri­day, sign up for Get Grow­ing at: get­grow­ing.co.nz

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