RHUBARB & ASPARAGUS CROWNS
Winter-dormant crops of rhubarb and asparagus may not be showing much signs of life yet, but they will at least be thinking about it! (Even though the first asparagus spears are available in shops already, homegrown spears often don’t emerge until early October.) Remove any weeds around these crops and mulch to stop another rash of weed seeds germinating in spring. No weeds also means no place for slugs and snails to hide, while mulching also helps insulate the soil.
Weed & feed strawberries
The first strawberries will be ripe in a few weeks, so spend time tidying up established strawberry beds. Weed around plants. Do this with a hand-held trowel or fork rather than a push hoe, as strawberries have wide spreading roots that are easily damaged. Once cleared, lightly water in fertiliser. You can use any
general purpose NPK fertiliser, as strawberries are vigorous growers with a hunger for nitrogen as well as the potassium in specialist fruit fertilisers such as Daltons Strawberry Fert or a tomato fertiliser. Lay mulch or straw over the bare soil around plants to suppress weed growth and keep developing fruit clear of the soil.
Sow root, corm and bulb crops; such as shallots, potatoes, gladioli and parsnips. Last quarter The month begins in a barren phase. Don’t sow or transplant seedlings. Gardening by the moon