ARE THEY RIPE YET?
Pomegranates usually start producing fruit two or three years after planting, though any really significant cropping begins after five years. In the first few years of growth, it can be a bit tricky to evaluate when the fruit is ready to pick. Size rather than colour determines the optimal harvest time, as colour can vary by variety from light orange to deep red. Look for fruit that’s the size of an orange. Tap it and listen for a metallic sound, which indicates it’s ripe. Never pull the fruit off the tree – use snips. Pomegranates can be stored for several months in the fridge.
Blanch your celery
It’s not so common these days to blanch celery while it’s still in the garden, but if you like it tender, nip off your plants’ smaller basal sprouts (those produced at the base of the plants) and heap up soil to the level of the leaves. The lack of sunlight will change what some people find to be a bitter vegetable into a much sweeter
one. Alternatively, you can wrap newspaper around the stems and tie it in place with garden twine, or place a waxed milk/ yoghurt carton, both ends open, over the head of the celery plant and push it down to the base (it should cover the stems) so the leaves stick out the top. Blanching usually takes place 10-14 days before harvesting.
Break out the hoe and weed to keep growing plants in the light. Feed everything with warmed seaweed or comfrey tea. Gardening by the moon
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