Top tips to protecting young seedlings this month:
- We live with the threat of frost in cooler areas of the country this month. When the days are clear and sunny nights are often freezing. While we need chilling hours to set fruit on certain fruit trees frost is a risk for newly planting seedlings. Protect tender young seedlings with a small tree branch, upturned pot or a shade cloth cover.
- Slugs and snails are out with the cool and damp weather. These destructive pests are very active at this time of the year and it doesn’t take many slugs to devour a punnet of seedlings. Venture outside with a torch after dark and a container of salt solution. Pluck slugs and snails off and throw in the container. This is a quick chemical free way of reducing the population.
- Coffee grounds around seedlings will help protect the plants from further damage.
- Apply Seasol (30mL per 9 litres of water) every 2 to 4 weeks to help get seedlings off to a great start. Seasol promotes healthy growth and stimulates a stronger root system. Plus regular applications (every 2 to 4 weeks) will help protect seedlings against frost.