PROTECT ALMOND BLOSSOMS
Almond trees have some of the earliest blossoms, starting in late winter, so they are best planted in regions where frosts are not common during July and August, otherwise protection with frost cloth will be needed. Almonds are not only pretty and productive, they’re very easy to grow. Varieties for home gardens include ’Monovale’ and ’All-in-one’, both self-fertile varieties growing 3-4m tall. ’All-in-one’ is ideal for northern areas as it needs less winter chilling than others. Dwarf ’Garden Prince’ is perfect for small gardens and pots, growing to just 1m.
Hunt for frost traps
Are your hedges doing more harm than good? While hedges and fences can protect plants from wind, they can also block air flow and create freezing points where frost collects, causing damage to even moderately frost-tender plants. A patch of morning mist congregating at ground level, when other areas
have cleared, is a good indicator of a frost pocket. Pruning a thick hedge can help, but it may be necessary to create a gap by removing one or two plants. Topping also reduces the amount of shade created by a hedge and lets in winter sun to thaw out any frost on the ground. Make sure you have small openings in fences too.
Vitality’s rising and conditions improving for the sowing of leafy vegetables. Cultivate to get your plot ready and mix matured compost into your garden soil. Sow root crops if soil conditions allow. Gardening by the moon New moon 2:49 PM