NZ Gardener - Garden Diary 2018 - - For Hot Summers -

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

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