Friday, February 27, 2015

Food Garden Calendar - March

In Tasmania March is a good month to ........

  • Sow radish, English spinach, silverbeet, winter lettuce, coriander and Asian greens and keep soil moist (for info on sowing in situ click here )
  • Sow herbs such as coriander and dill that tend to bolt in warm weather
  • Sow green manures if your soil needs to become more open and friable
  • Plant last brassica seedlings before winter and provide protection against caterpillars
  • Plant celery seedlings if your garden is frost-free in winter
  • Plant leek, onion and garlic (for info on sowing leek click here )
  • Hill potatoes with soil, mulch, compost to protect growing tubers from light
  • Dig up some of your potatoes if you can’t wait any longer
  • Keep weeds at bay and don't allow them to go to seed
  • Prune stone fruit trees once the foliage at the end of branches has stopped growing
  • Make sure beds are well mulched to conserve water.
  • Water enough to make sure your soils don’t dry out
  • Foliar-feed crops to maximize growth before colder conditions slow it down
  • Feed lemon, lime and orange trees and remove a lot of fruit so remaining fruit becomes bigger
  • Feed apple and pear trees
  • Remove runners on strawberries and plant in pots so you have young plants next season
  • Remove small figs so remaining ones grow to full size (for fig tree maintenance click here )
  • Remove and destroy coddling moth infested fruit on apple, pear and quince trees (for more on coddling moth strategies click here)
  • Remove coddling moth bands around trunks of apple, pear and quince trees (for more on coddling moth strategies click here)

You can help improve this calendar further.  Please email suggested one-line changes and additions to foodgardengroup@gmail.com 

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