NZ Gardener - Garden Diary 2018 - - Snip & Clip -

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.

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