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List of jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in Spring

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Spring in the Fruit Garden

Below is a list of essential jobs to do in the fruit garden in Spring.

 

Because the defaults for this website are set for the UK, as well as monthly 'jobs to do calendars', we have also included seasonal calendars, so all visitors can choose the appropriate season for their location.

 

You may also wish to check our resources page where you can find more detailed articles explaining how to do specific jobs such as pruning, sowing and ground preparation.

 

 

Go to:-  Main Calendars Page  |  Spring Vegetable & Herbs Calendar

 

Jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in

Early Spring

(March - UK)

 

General

Do not spray any plants with insecticides whilst flowering as this could harm pollinating insects leading to a poor fruit yield later in the year

 

Early Spring in the Fruit Garden

Pruning & training  fruit in Early Spring

Finish planting trees and bushes by the 2nd week in March

Prune out old wood on established acid cherries (such as morello) if not already done

Prune blueberries

Plant out strawberry runners

Untie and re-train blackberry and hybrid berry canes before the buds burst 

 

Care and Protecting Fruit in Early Spring

Protect blossoms on trees a double layer of netting or fleece if frost is expected

Cover strawberries with cloches or poly tunnels for an earlier crop

Hand pollinate early flowering trees particularly if insects seem scarce

Apply fertiliser to trees and bushes if not already done in February (see individual growing pages)

Apply a mulch to young fruit trees, bushes and canes

Spray apples and pears against scab

Spray blackcurrants against leaf spot, mould and mildew

Spray gooseberries against mildew 

 

Jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in Mid Spring 

(April -UK)

 

General

Do not spray any plants with insecticides whilst flowering as this could harm pollinating insects leading to a poor fruit yield later in the year

 

Mid Sprinmg in the Fruit GardenPruning & training  fruit in Mid Spring

Finish planting raspberry canes if not already done, cutting them back to a bud about 30cm/12" from the ground

Prune young pyramid or fan trained plum trees

Start pruning established plum trees to restrict size if necessary 

Prune any gooseberries, red and white currants which weren't pruned at the end of  the last season

Ventilate protected strawberries on sunny days

Finish planting strawberry runners my the middle of the month 

Untie and re-train wall trained figs which were bundled together for winter protection

Start pruning figs at the end of the month 

Spring prune established peach and nectarine trees 

 

Care and Protecting Fruit in Mid Spring

Continue to protect blossoms on trees a double layer of netting or fleece if frost is expected but uncover as soon as possible to ensure pollination is not hampered

Cover strawberries with cloches or poly tunnels for an earlier crop

Hand pollinate early flowering trees particularly if insects seem scarce

Hand pollinate wall trained peaches and nectarines. If the weather is particularly dry, spray with a fine mist of water at midday to help fruit set

Apply fertiliser to trees and bushes if not already done in March (see individual growing pages)

Continue to spray pears and apples against scab

Remove suckers from pear and  apple trees if present 

Spray raspberry and blackberry canes against spur blight if it is a known problem 

 

Jobs to do in the Fruit Garden in Late Spring

(May - UK)

 

The Fruit Garden in Late Spring

General

Do not spray any plants with insecticides whilst flowering as this could harm pollinating insects leading to a poor fruit yield later in the year.

Keep weeds under control

 

Pruning & Training fruit in Late Spring

Lightly prune over-zealous apple, pear, plum and cherry trees if necessary to keep them compact

Prune figs if not done last month

Start de-shooting wall trained  trees paying particular attention to shoots which are pointing towards or away from the the wall

 

Harvesting

Start harvesting small gooseberries which can be used for cooking making sure you leave some on the bush to mature

Start harvesting protected strawberries

Continue harvesting Rhubarb picking 1 or 2 sticks from each plant at any one time

 

Care and Protecting Fruit in May

Continue to ventilate protected strawberries on sunny days

Net early fruit to protect from birds

Open one side of fruit cages to allow easier access to pollinating insects

Continue to protect blossoms on trees a double layer of netting or fleece if very late frosts are expected however uncover as soon as possible to ensure pollination is not hampered

Continue to spray pears and apples against scab

Remove suckers and runners from between raspberry and strawberry rows if present 

Spray raspberry and blackberry canes against spur blight if it is a known problem 

Spray fruit trees and bushes against pests such as aphids, mites, caterpillars and other pests once the blossoms have faded

Keep all fruit trees and bushes watered in dry spells especially container and wall grown specimens

 

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