Hello and welcome to 2022.
We are Suzanne and Tatiana, and we own and manage the Brida Garden Centre in Brida Hills. In our new columns for the Brida Journal, we want to share our experience with you and give you some tips about how to care for your garden. Of course, you can also visit us in the Brida Garden Centre and ask for advice. We are passionate about gardening and gardens and hope that you will enjoy our modest contributions.
Here are some of our January tips.
You should remove any fruit that has died.
Some fruit trees still have little fruits dangling from bare branches in the winter. But, because numerous monilinia fungus can survive winter in the brown and shrivelled fruit mummies, you really should remove and dispose of them. Monilinia is a parasitic fungus that infects both pome and stone fruit. The two related fungi can cause different sorts of damage. One is lace drought, which is spread by Monilinia laxa, (blossom blight). It causes the blooms to fade and the shoots to droop. Fruit rot is caused by the fungus Monilinia fructigena, which causes brown spots to appear all over the fruit.
Check your winter storage.
Dahlia, begonia, and gladioli tubers should really be checked regularly during the winter so that they can be replanted in the spring. They may decay or dry out if your storage conditions aren’t ideal. A cool, dry place, free of frost, is ideal. From time to time, turn over tubers resting loosely in boxes or on grids to spot any damaged specimens. Then, sort out any rotten or fungus-infested bits or whole tubers. Your storage is excessively dry if the tubers are severely shrunken. It simply helps to moisten the newspaper or sand in which they are laying.
See you again soon.
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