30 Tuesday June 14 2016 Gardening For more gardening inspiration, pick up the latest issue of kiwigardener SELWYN TIMES Now is the time for a stocktake Rachel Vogan talks you through what to be doing in the garden now WITH THE short sharp days ahead, maybe start putting aside a reading pile or creating a to-do list or wish list for the garden. Hunt out old gardening books or take a trip to the library for ideas and inspiration. Gather up seed catalogues as they come in and mark off what crops you would like to try next season. It is a good time to do a stocktake in the garden shed and check over garden tools and do some maintenance. And while you are at it, check those seeds you have saved earlier on to make sure they are not mouldy and label them clearly so you know what they are when you find them in the drawer next spring. FRUIT Do you have a favourite fruit that makes you smile or even salivate when it ripens each year? At the moment, go-to fruits are feijoas and the New Zealand cranberry (Chilean guava). These highly aromatic and hardy evergreen fruits can be grown in orchards or planted as ornamentals in garden borders, both coping well with trimming. When picking feijoas leave them to fully ripen on the tree, waiting for them to fall on the ground is the easiest way to harvest them. Camellia ‘Congratulations’. VEGETABLES Dig up any potatoes still in the ground, especially in areas where the soil can become soggy over winter. Mature potatoes that sit in moist soil will resprout and become inedible. The skin on pumpkins and gourds will be tightening up to protect the flesh over months to come; leaving them outdoors to soak up a few frosts will help sweeten the flesh. Remember always to leave the stalk or handle on pumpkins when harvesting. Plant broad beans before it gets too cold. SASANQUA CAMELLIAS Furnished with flowers at this time of year, keep sasanqua camellias looking sharp with a drench of Seasol to keep the root zone active and vibrant. Camellias do cope with some sun, but just not intense all-day sun and dry soils, so they are a good option for adding street appeal to the drive or roadside. gardening without guesswork Question: Thanks to Tash for her question. Can you please give me some tips on how to prune my roses? I don’t want to do it wrong and ruin my rose! Sure thing! Firstly, roses are pretty Answer: forgiving plants and won’t suffer too drastically if you over-prune. The most important thing to remember is that you need to have sharp secateurs and that pruning is best done on a dry, clear day. Pruning is beneficial for healthy plant growth, but also keeps your plant looking neat and tidy. A good start is to remove the old and weak stems, then cut the stems back a few buds, making sure that the topmost one remaining is facing outwards. This is where the new growth will appear, so you want it growing in a good direction. Once you have done this, have a look at the rose and see if it looks even and tidy. If not, trim any bits that look untidy. Once you have finished, make sure that you remove all of the prunings and rake any leaves up and dispose of them. You will also need to get a rose spray and spray the whole plant. These are available from your local garden centre, so pop in and let them know you are pruning, and they will point you in the right direction. If your roses are due for a boost of nutrients, add some of our Intelligro Organic Compost around the plant (leave a ring around the base of the plant) and give it a water. for more information, check out our website: www.intelligro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz QualITy prOducTs frOm ThE WEB TO ThE shEd! WIN! a $50 INTEllIgrO gIfT VOuchEr! Send us your question and BE IN TO WIN! Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post your question on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz Questions must be received by Monday 27th June. Why is pruning so important? Pruning helps to keep your rose healthy and producing beautiful blooms each season. By opening up the centre of the plant, you allow for better airflow and sunlight, which helps to improve the plant’s resistance to diseases. Spraying your plant after pruning helps to seal the new cuts and protect them from diseases creeping in, making it easier for your rose to reward you with beautiful flowers.
SELWYN TIMES Tuesday June 14 2016 31 If you like picking your own fruit – try feijoas FEIJOAS ARE an excellent plant in the home garden. They make a great fruiting hedge, attract birds to the garden and are easy to grow with the added bonus of delicious fruit. Feijoas are an attractive evergreen plant ranging from a shrub to a small tree, which will grow between 2-4m in height. They are easily trimmed and maintained and have a green leaf, which is grey underneath. Feijoas have pohutukawa-like flowers in December and fruit mainly from April to June. Feijoas generally prefer a warm ROSES New season’s rose catalogues are out now. Put your orders in early to make sure you get the plants you are after. Grafted standard roses will be in shorter supply again this season, so if you are planning a decent-sized planting, secure your order at your local garden centre sooner rather than later. place in the garden and young plants need protection. 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