Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with MANDI

I DON’T know about the rest of you, but I am quite ex­cited about the prospect of spring just around the cor­ner.

It is lovely to see the daf­fodils with their happy faces and some blos­som trees start­ing to burst into life to put a smile on your face.

It was also won­der­ful to see some de­cent rain.

It is still a lit­tle early to feed most things but it is a good idea to make sure you have ev­ery­thing you need when the warm spring days do ar­rive.

Dif­fer­ent plants re­quire dif­fer­ent fer­tilis­ers, so pop down to the nurs­ery and chat to staff about what your gar­den may need.

It is also time to ap­ply a dose of fungi­cide to your fruit trees to help pre­vent leaf curl. If you have not done this al­ready it is not too late with the final spray be­ing ap­plied at bud swell.

Leaf curl mainly ef­fects peaches and nec­tarines.

It may seem early to be talk­ing about fruit fly but I rec­om­mend put­ting up traps as soon as the weather be­gins to warm up. If spring ar­rives early you want to have some pre­cau­tions in place to at least help re­duce num­bers. It pays to be vig­i­lant where fruit fly is con­cerned.

As the days grow longer it is lovely to be able to spend a lit­tle more time in the gar­den.

Even though it seems like a win­ter gar­den is a bit dull it won’t be long be­fore we are en­joy­ing plants wak­ing up from their win­ter slum­ber and burst­ing into fresh new growth.

En­joy the rain and happy gar­den­ing.

MEL­LOW YEL­LOW: Daf­fodils are al­ready start­ing to make their pres­ence felt in North East gar­dens.

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