Fiann's gardening tips

* Sow chives because they contain the minerals iron, copper, manganese, zinc and calcium and show potential as a green manure.

* If utilising cloches or greenhouse then be vigilant for red spider mite.

* Top up mulches and top dressing around hungry crops.

* Remember too, that a good layer of compost around the base of fruit trees will reward you with a good crop later in the year.

* Feeding the soil with nutrients and bacteria rather than the plant with agro-chemicals is naturally and scientifically better. Start a heap if not already done.

* A pint of beer or stale urine (same thing in my local) will active compost heap this month.

* If you don’t have a crop of comfrey on the go — consider starting one


Frits Potgieter is General Manager with Muckross Park Hotel and Spa.You've Been Served: Frits Potgieter, Muckross Park Hotel and Spa

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