For every order made from now until the end of July,
Awapuni Nurseries will throw in a free Traditional Value flower ‘hanging basket
mix’ containing nine plants.
To see the
entire range of seedlings available at Awapuni Nurseries click here and have a browse around our
Don’t let the winter weather keep you from heading out in
the garden this month. Don a wooly hat, scarf and gloves as
July is a great time to start harvesting one of your winter
favourites. Leeks that have been planted in January should be
ready for picking if you’re happy with their size. Broccoli,
broad beans and pac choi can be planted at this time of year.
Remember to rotate your crops to avoid club root. Add compost
to the soil and dress with lime before you plant.
With school holidays fast
approaching, now is the perfect time to be thinking about
activities to keep the little ones busy. In a previous article we discussed pot painting.
Why not get the kids involved these school holidays and paint
some pots or an old drain pipe for your strawberries to grow
in? All you need is a paint brush and paint that won’t wash
off – Dad’s old test pots should do the trick!
Gardening was the topic on everyone’s
lips after TV One show ‘Sunday’ broadcast a gardening feature
on June 28th. The show focused on many aspects of gardening
from therapeutic/calming effects to economic advantages. There
has been an approximate 30% sales increase at gardening
centres and nurseries throughout New Zealand, highlighting how
gardening has really boomed in the recession.
Gardening power part one
Gardening power part
Thank you to all those who entered last
month’s Cultivated News competition.
We loved your ideas so
much that we have decided to incorporate some of them into
this month’s ezine! A big thank you to Linda Hammond, who
suggested we have an area where questions can be answered, and
also to those of you who wanted practical, seasonal advice.
From now on the ezine will feature a burning questions section
and over the next few months we will try to incorporate
everyone’s feedback. But don’t stop there, if you think of
something you want to hear about just email
Henri at Awapuni and we’ll see what we can do.
Congratulations to Julie Pink of Levin, Melissa Kala
of Christchurch, Linda Hammond of Bulls, Mary-Ann Attree of
Birkenhead and Kathie Tanner of Tauranga who have all won a
Traditional Value prize pack containing five bundles of vege,
flower and herb seedlings.
It’s the middle of winter and summer couldn’t feel
any further away. If you’re tired of paying marked-up prices
for fruit every Christmas, now is the time to get planting.
Whether your garden is big or small, inner city or the
back of beyond, you will have no problem growing strawberries.
They will grow just about anywhere from raised gardens and
pots to window boxes and hanging baskets – just as long as
they have some sun!
And if you have children, get them
involved! It’s a great way to keep your kids active … and I
promise, if they’re anything like my kids, they’ll love eating
the results! Click here to read more.
Palenski – Awapuni Nurseries
Do you have a burning question on
vegetable gardens? Have you been wondering what the
white spots on your rose leaves are? Would you like to
know how to make compost?
Well... we have all
the answers for you. Tod Palenski, Awapuni's gardening
guru, has over 20 years experience in the gardening
industry and is more than happy to answer any of your
garden related questions. Feel free to email it directly
to Tod at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tod will then post the answer on Awapuni’s website in
the ‘Better Gardens’
Here are two of our latest questions and
What fertiliser should I use
for strawberries, and how should I apply
Use garden galore when you plant
and then pot ash as the fruits form. Or, you can
purchase strawberry fertiliser from a garden centre and
simply follow the instructions.
do I stop snails and slugs eating my
In the winter stockpile all
those wood fire ashes into clean paper sacks. Sprinkle
them around the border of your garden or around
individual plants. Reapply after rain.
Any soft bodied
mollusc will not crossover this as it will dry out and
burn them. Or try crushed egg shells that have been
baked in the oven till dry and crisp – these are too
sharp to cross over. Or lastly, simply sprinkle some
Measural slug and snail bait.