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Selwyn Times: June 21, 2016

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100% NEW ZEALAND OWNED AND OPERATED 32 Tuesday June 21 2016 Gardening The hero vegetable •From page 31 Stir-fry with other Asian greens or lightly sautéed in butter on its own, and few will push this sweet and juicy vegetable to the side of the plate. Grilled on the barbecue it complements meat dishes and, with a rather robust texture, it doesn’t disintegrate on the hot plate like other leafy greens, such as spinach and silver beet. Growing tips If you want something for a pot or a tub, this has to be at the top of the list. Pak choi has a very shallow root system, which makes it ideal for planting under other plants. Three plants can easily grow in a small pot. If you jam a few more in, harvest the smaller ones when they are a little smaller and leave the rest to fatten up to be chunky monkeys. In the garden, blend in rich compost or a few handfuls of sheep pellets before planting. The more organic matter you get into the soil, the faster the crop will grow. If you have plenty of room, plant them troweldistance apart. Full sun will give you the best results, although they do cope with a little shade. Their main requirement is watering at least twice a week. Seeds germinate within a week or so and online catalogues have a great range. Seed can be sown directly into the ground or into trays; they quickly germinate if soil is moist, but not boggy. Plant six to 10 plants once a month, or more if you have plenty of mouths to feed. Slug and Slugs, snails and caterpillars love this juicy green too, so take precautionary action. snails like to hunt them down, so lay plenty of bait to keep them away. To harvest use a sharp knife and cut off just above soil level, cook or use as soon as possible. You can leave the stem and root in the ground, more shoots will appear and these are edible, too. They won’t get as big as the initial plant, but they do taste pretty similar. Delicious stir-fried, steamed by themselves or added to other vegetables or meat, stalks are best picked immediately after flowering starts. Leave three or four young leaves on the plant and successive stalks will then grow from the main stalk. Time to plant trees JUNE BRINGS the start of rain and cold weather, but there is still plenty to do in the garden such as pruning and planting trees. Here are some top tasks to keep you busy and warm. Now is the time to start planting any pip and stone fruit trees. New young trees are now available in garden centres; ensure you select healthy looking specimens. Consider your planting areas carefully, making sure your young tree has full exposure to the sun and is sheltered from strong prevailing winds. For existing pip and stone fruit trees, you can now begin pruning. Try to keep the tree height under three metres to allow for easier harvesting and netting of trees where birds are a problem. June is also a safe time to plant new ornamental trees and shrubs. Planting technique is important to allow new plants to thrive in both climatic extremes for example wet winters and hot dry summers. Also incorporate plenty of compost into the soil when planting new specimens. Spread compost around existing trees and shrubs to give them a boost. Continue to keep sowing and planting winter veges such as broccoli, cabbage cauliflower, peas and spinach to ensure a continuous supply. Protect empty garden beds by sowing green manure crops for example lupins. They protect the top soil from wind and water erosion and add organic matter back to the soil when dug in. SELWYN TIMES Wait till they are about 15-20cm high then chop up with a spade as you dig them back into the soil. Prune roses when all the leaves have fallen and apply a winter clean up spray of copper oxychloride or lime sulphur after pruning. Remove and destroy any diseased wood after pruning. Replace any rose specimens that have not performed adequately or were heavily infected with black spot or rust during the growing season. Choose new varieties from catalogues or visit your local gardening centre. June is an excellent time to plan new gardens in your property in preparation for spring planting. It is a good idea to monitor future garden areas for cold winds and excessive moisture, as both conditions will influence what you can plant in that area. Plant new shelter belts and or hedges where they are required. 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