Time for summer garden preparations
With Labour Weekend approaching and longer sunlight hours there are several areas to look at in preparation for summer.
Garlic: Sprinkle a side dressing of Bio Boost and/or watered down liquid chicken manure (1:10) to feed the bulbs. Sprays of Magic Botanic Liquid (MBL) will help produce a bigger crop of cloves. At any sign of rust; spray foliage with potassium permanganate at
1⁄ tsp per litre of water with 1ml 4 Raingard added. For black aphids, spray with Wallys Super Neem Oil at 5ml per litre with 1 ml of Raingard added per litre.
Strawberries: Plants are moving nicely now with good shows of flowers and berries starting to form. Side dress plants with Wallys Secret Strawberry Food every 6 -8 weeks and spray the plants with Mycorrcin at 5ml per litre of non-chlorinated water every two weeks. Aphids may attack the plants about now so use Super Neem Oil and Raingard. The strawberry food will take care of root nematodes and mealy bugs especially if plants are growing in containers.
Spring flowering bulbs: If still flowering or finishing up, it is important to leave the foliage on until it starts to die off in a couple of months time. The foliage is gaining energy from the sun to build up the bulb’s strength for flowering next spring, and to produce bublets which are going to be your free future plants.
Xmas lillies: Along with other lillium types, these should be in foliage now, and some will be producing flower buds. Side dress with liquid chicken manure and add some Bio Boost on the soil.
Roses: Sprinkle some Wallys Neem Tree Granules, Rok Solid, sheep manure pellets, blood & bone and Fruit and Flower Power in the root zone and lightly cover with purchased compost. Once a month, spray with MBL, Perkfection and/or Mycorrcin. For aphids, spray late in the day with Super Neem Oil, which is compatible with the above sprays. To counter black spot or rust, spray with potassium permanganate and Raingard.
Stone fruit trees: For curly leaf on peaches and nectarines spray potassium permanganate and Raingard every 7 to 10 days while the leaves are growing. After about 6-8 weeks the problem period should be over. On plum trees, leaf curling is likely caused by insect pests. Spray late in the day with Super Neem Oil.
Apple trees: Sprinkle Neem Tree Granules under the tree from trunk to drip line. After flowering place a pheromone or treacle trap in the tree and when male codlin moths are caught, spray the fruit with Super Neem Oil and Raingard (late in day). Repeat every 10 to 14 days. Lawn Moss: Use Wallys Moss & Liverwort Control. Jet spray it into the moss. Slugs and snails don’t like copper, so spray plants and surrounding soil with Wallys Liquid Copper and Raingard - it’s safer for pets and hedgehogs than using poison baits. Tui’s Quash is also safe and effective.
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Strawberries should be making progress, and the crop can can be helped along with extra feeding.