WATER & FEED PUMPKINS
Pumpkins are one of the thirstiest summer crops and need plenty of water as well as nutrients to ensure the fruit reaches a decent size. Water plants daily and feed with liquid fertiliser once a week. Direct your hose toward the original planting hole rather than wetting the entire plant – this will help the water reach the roots where it’s needed most. A nitrogen-rich fertiliser is ideal early in the growing season. Once flowers appear, switch to a phosphorus-rich fertiliser for prolific flowers. When the pumpkins appear, use a potassium-rich fertiliser for healthy fruit.
Are slugs or snails devouring your veges? Place a pile of comfrey leaves on your vege garden as a decoy. Moisten the comfrey and after a couple of days the slugs and snails will begin to feast on the comfrey instead of your veges. When numbers have built up, remove comfrey and gastropods, then lay down a fresh pile.
Don’t waste water
A dribbling hose attachment wastes an alarming amount of water, but a new washer often fixes the problem easily. Packets of washers can be found alongside the hose fittings at garden centres and hardware stores. Slip off the old washer and replace with a new one of the correct size.
It’s the full moon again, so take a break and relax. Gardening by the moon Applying warmed liquid fertiliser. First Quarter