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The Fruit Garden in March


Things should be starting to happen now as fruit trees and shrubs start in to growth after the dormancy of the winter months, this means that feeding and possibly watering are the priority tasks for this month.

Ensure that plants get sufficient nutrients for their needs, and don't lack for moisture.

Note: As with most advice on gardening the advisors location will often influence the content of the advice.

To alleviate this problem I have produced this chart indicating how you can make adjustments to the timing of events as seen in this website.

I hope you find this useful! .......Tg

Week 9 - 26th Feb. to 4th Mar.

Apply a dressing of sulphate of ammonia at 60g (2oz) per sq m to established Rhubarb plants.

Week 10 - 5th Mar. to 11th Mar.

Spray early flowering Apple trees with a general insecticide.

Spray Pear trees with a fungicide to control scab disease.

Feed Blackberry, Loganberry, Tayberry.

Prune Gooseberry bushes if not done the previous autumn.

Prune young Plum and Damson trees.

Prune leaders on Peach trees.

Mulch Grape vines.

Week 11 - 12th Mar. to 18th Mar.

Spray early flowering Plum and Damson trees with a general insecticide.

Week 12 - 19th Mar. to 25th Mar.

Feed Cherry, Plum and Damson trees, then apply a mulch around the tree / shrub.

Prepare bed and plant out Fig plants.

Week 13 - 26th Mar. to 1st Apr.

Plant out new Rhubarb plants.

Watch out for Apple and Pear trees drying out.

Remove all frost-damaged, bent and crowded shoots from established Fig trees.