TRY GROWING CHERRIES
The reddest, juiciest cherries come from places where the summers are hot and the winters are so cold your breath freezes if you’re not careful. If that sounds like your garden, have a crack at growing them! ‘Stella’ is reliable variety. You don’t need an orchard; cherries on dwarf rootstock will grow in containers. Another advantage is you can move the pots to more protected spots when frosts threaten. Or train a cherry tree in an espaliered fan shape along a fence that gets lots of sun. They fruit on one and two-year-old wood and on older spurs so pruning is essential to encourage new spurs.
Blossom end rot
If your first tomatoes, zucchini or baby eggplants are rotting off at the base, don’t fret. Blossom end rot, a calcium deficiency, is always more prevalent at the beginning of the season, and only affects individual fruit. Keep these plants well fed, using a
liquid fertiliser, that’s potassiumenriched for fruit quality, and well watered. Water helps the uptake of calcium from the soil. In the meantime, remove any afflicted fruit and make sure your plants are watered well and regularly from now on.
First quarter Gardening by the moon Apply warm liquid feeds. It’s the full moon (and Christmas!) so leave the garden to its own devices and make gifts instead. Full moon 06:50 AM