Urgent jobs in the garden for September
- Remove non compliant netting which is illegal from 1 September.*
- Make compost.
- Add potash or wood ash (both potassium) to soil to increase flower and fruit set.
- Tie hessian or cardboard around apple, pear and quince tree trunks for codling moth to lay in (remove and burn in 4 weeks then replace).
- Sow seeds in punnets and/or plant spring seedlings if beds are ready.
- If beds are not prepared, clear them of dead plants, weed and test pH for suitability for subsequent crops. Adjust pH if necessary (with compost and/or dolomite to make beds more alkaline, or sulphur to make them more acidic). This needs to be done at least a month, preferably two, before planting.
- Dig over beds removing stones, rocks, twigs and roots in preparation for spring planting.
- Dig in any green manure crops previously planted.
- Fertilise citrus trees with citrus fertiliser around the drip line. Avoid nitrogen based manures which cause soft leaf growth exposing leaves to damage from citrus Leafminer. Treat Leafminer with white oil (home-made recipes on the internet).
- Implement your Queensland Fruit Fly prevention strategy:
- spray citrus trees now with kaolin clay, then stone fruit when fruit is small
- put out pheromone lures (Wild May) to monitor presence of male fruit fly
- put out protein baits to kill both male and female flies NOW
- net after flowers have been pollinated
To follow a step by step Queensland Fruit Fly strategy, go to our Queensland Fruit Fly page on the website now under Our Projects.
*From 1 September 2021, a person must only use netting with a mesh size no greater than 5mm x 5mm at full stretch to protect household fruiting plants. Failure to comply with this regulation could result in a fine under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019.
Written by Robin Gale-Baker