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News & Tips for November 2020


 News & Tips for November 2020 name

I have just finished sharing a small bowl of the most delectable raspberries with my daughter freshly picked from our garden. There is nothing quite like the taste of raspberries eaten straight from the cane; it’s a taste that can’t be replicated with a punnet from the supermarket, and one I wish more people had access to because growing raspberries is super easy. We have a couple of canes in a wine barrel on our deck and apart from making sure they are fed and watered they don’t need any care. Oh, they need netting once the berries start getting some colour on them, because the birds like them just as much we do. In fact, as all our summer fruit starts to ripen it will need protection from the birds. Plain old bird netting or cropsafe mesh will do the trick.

The garden is lovely at the moment. Some more rain would be very helpful, but we are getting by on using water from the shower and the odd watering can. It’s that delicious time of year when the days are gloriously fine and warm but not too hot - there is a slight chill in the morning and again at evening. At this time of the year I am giving my berry fruits (blackberries and raspberries) a side dressing of Cropmaster as it's a balanced fertiliser, my lime tree and my vege patch is getting some Natrakelp and Wonder Nuggets on top of the pea straw mulch and that should do it for a few weeks.

In the vege garden I have planted out some lettuces that I don’t intend to eat (they will be my sacficial crop for the other seedlings that I plant (particularly the brassicas). Slugs and snails much prefer lettuce so in they go and also a few nasturtiums - yes they can go a bit wild but they really do deter some very irritating insects and they are edible. Don’t forget about guava moth. It’s a growing problem and this is the time of the year to watch out for it as it affects citrus, stonefruit and feijoa, macadamia and loquats. Those sly little moths lay eggs on the outside of the fruit and the hatched caterpillar only sits on it for a very short time before it buries itself back within the fruit. At the moment, the only form of control is to use pheromone traps to disrupt the mating cycle. It's not perfect and you need them in all your fruit trees but it’s the best thing currently available. You will need to change them every six weeks (they have a continuous life cycle) but believe me its worth it.

Rightio one last thing - it's only 4 weeks until Christmas so get in now and get some vouchers or bird bells, seeds or handy little garden tools for gifts that are useful.

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