KEEP WATCH SPY ON YOUR FRUIT TREES
Keep an eye on blossoms. One of the most likely reasons for lack of fruit is poor pollination. This might be due to not having a cross-pollinating variety for non self-fertile varieties, or varieties not flowering at the same time – or poor weather, which can damage blossoms and deter insect activity. Check blackcurrants and gooseberries for moths too. If stems are wilting, the culprit might be the larvae of currant clearwing moths. The white caterpillars burrow in and hollow out branches. Prune affected stems to healthy growth, and destroy the infected canes.
Made to measure
Learn the measurements of your own hands and feet as a guide for sowing seeds or thinning out seedlings in the garden, says Barbara Smith. ”My handspan is 18cm so I allow a tad over a handspan between seedlings that need to be 20cm apart. The width of my hand, including the thumb, is
10cm and that of my index finger is 1cm. From the tip of my index finger to the second joint is 5cm and my gumboot is 27cm long. When diluting fertiliser, it’s handy to know that a standard plastic bucket is 10 litres. For me, one handful is 75g, so I can work out how many handfuls of fertiliser or gypsum to spread around.”
Sow carrot seed. 11:58 PM Full moon Full moon, cultivate only. Gardening by the moon Relax, there’s nothing much to be done, save weeding.