Early blueberries and loquats will kick off the fruit picking season. In most regions, ‘Marimba’ and ‘Nui’ blueberries and ‘Wiki Gold’ or ‘Mogi’ loquats will be ready now. If you want fruit next November, plant now (Southland blueberry lovers can still grow them in pots or a greenhouse to protect the early spring flowers from frosts). When planting acid-loving blueberries, add soaked peat to your soil or container mix to lower the ph. Loquats are fairly hardy and not fussed about soil, but they like good drainage. Prune after harvesting to keep trees to a manageable height so you can reach the fruit.
Potassium for toms
As soon as tomato plants start to produce flowers, they need less nitrogen (for leaf growth) and more potassium for fruit set. Potassium is also required for pigment synthesis, notably lycopene, a powerful antioxidant with a long list of health benefits.
Feed fortnightly with a liquid tomato food (it’s high in potassium) or sprinkle with a slow-release tomato fertiliser and water it in well. You can use the same fertiliser for all summer-fruiting veges, from cucumbers to eggplants.
First quarter Gardening by the moon Feed plants with generous but dilute doses of liquid fertiliser. Cultivate only. Full moon 06:41 PM