PRUNE FEIJOA TREES
Give your feijoa trees a tidy-up prune. By clipping them now, the new growth will still produce fruit next autumn as feijoas flower and fruit on the current season’s growth. It’s why feijoas work well as edible hedges (though a mix of varieties is recommended to provide cross-pollination and ensure fruit from early autumn to winter). Big old feijoa bushes will cope with a harder prune than just a quick clip around the edges, but there won’t be much of a crop to harvest next season. New plants can even be espaliered. Prune on a dry day to prevent spread of disease.
Sow cape gooseberry
It’s a little early, but cape gooseberries do need a long season. Use a cloche or plastic bottle with its base cut out as a mini cloche; fit one over the top of each plant. You can start seeds indoors but you risk a slow-down when you transplant them.
Sow early crops
As August progresses, sow your first crops. Sow broad beans, cabbages, kohlrabi, lettuces, onions, radishes, parsnips and tomatoes (indoors) every few days. Successive sowing helps avoid gaps in production.
First quarter Gardening by the moon Feed any growing plants with warmed liquid feeds.