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Selwyn Times: July 19, 2016

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Kea (Nestor Notabilis) 26 Tuesday July 19 2016 Gardening SELWYN TIMES Plant a rare tree in your garden Rachel Vogan talks you through what to be doing in the garden now ‘Camelot’. Have you ever wanted to grow your own Jurassic pine tree? Wollemi pines are on show in Nichol’s garden centres (Cromwell, Dunedin and Invercargill) and Terra Viva (Christchurch), all raised carefully by Gardening Solutionz in Christchurch, the sole supplier in New Zealand. The tree was thought to be extinct until a pocket of plants were discovered by a conservationist David Noble in 1994. He was abseiling in a remote ravine in a piece of bush in New South Wales, when he spotted a tree he couldn’t identify. And what unfolded was the discovery of a tree thought lost, for hundreds of years. This rare plant is happy in most spots in the garden and is adaptable to life in a large tub or pot; it would make the perfect Christmas tree and the ultimate gift for the gardener who has everything. These special plants don’t come along every day, so treat yourself or your garden with a piece of botanical history. STRAWBERRIES Did you know the coldest months of the year are when strawberry plants are initiating fruiting buds for the upcoming season? The cold temperatures trigger the development of the fruit buds. This is one of the main reasons strawberries are planted over winter, to maximise the fruiting capacity. For existing strawberry beds, remove any runners and pluck off all dead-looking leaves, replenish the soil with strawberry food and tuck new layers of straw around each plant to keep the soil weed-free and the fruit clean. IN FLOWER NOW: WINTER ROSES Hellebores are strutting their stuff for the next few months. These winter wonders are happy nestled under trees, in pots and tubs; anywhere really, as long as they have a little protection from intense sun in summer. A new one to look out for is ‘Camelot’, with its large, pearly white, flat blooms with just a hint of green. Great for a spot in need of extra winter interest and summer foliage. Wintersweet is just bursting with punchy perfume now, too. Even the smallest of sprigs picked and put in a small vase indoors with permeate the room. Thinking of Landscaping? FOR: : • Garden Makeovers • Garden Makeovers • Landscape • Landscape Design Design & Planting & Planting • Plant • Plant Supply Supply (discounted rates) [at discounted rates] • Hydro & Ready Lawns • Hydro & Ready Lawns Phone: 03 349 4363 Mobile: 027 260 2621 • Grounds Maintenance • Grounds Maintenance Irrigation Systems • Irrigation Paving Systems • Paving Decks & Pergolas • Decks FREE Quotes & Pergolas • FREE Quotes The Landscape Specialists Phone: 03 349 4363 Mobile: 027 260 2621 Organic Training College Learn from the experts Start a career in organics. Reduce your footprint and produce a regular supply of your own fruit and vegetables. Programme Information | 03 3253684 Courses • Organic Distance Programme Part time 1 year, enrol anytime • Year 1 Introduction to Organics 44 weeks, starts August 2016 (Lincoln Campus) • Year 2 Applied Organics 46 weeks, starts August 2016 (Lincoln Campus) All fees under $500 Decking Retaining Wall Timber Landscaping Timber Trellis Residential Fencing Poles and Piles H3 and H4 Timber Dressed Timber HOURS Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am- 12pm Weedons Ross Rd to Rolleston We are here Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Selwyns best read local newspaper – with the biggest circulation in Selwyn Urban Section Delivered FREE to 18,300 homes weekly across the entire Selwyn district Additional copies available at pick up points across Selwyn. Berketts Rd Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Your Local Timber Merchant Selwyn Community Newspaper Times A Christchurch Star Company

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday July 19 2016 27 ‘Congratulations’. CAMELLIAS Cloaking themselves in blooms for the next few months, camellias are looking good. After flowering is the best time to prune them, trimming them to shape. New stems will appear within a few months. A side-dressing of acid plant food will help promote more flowers, too. Apply this in spring when the soil begins to warm up. Camellias are happy in pots and tubs, too. Ideally they prefer a home away from intense midday sun. Once planted they will last about three to five years before they need re-potting into fresh soil. WINTER HANGING BASKETS Baskets are not just for summer, they are great value all year round. Always freshen up the potting mix before planting anything new. This time of the year the small flowering violas make a brilliant show. Team them up with fairy primulas or herbs, like parsley, for something different. And place the basket somewhere it can be viewed from both inside and outside. If you have any bulbs left over, tuck them up into the roots of the bedding plants and, in a few months, they will add the final hurrah of flowers in spring. VEGETABLES Broad beans are cool customers that thrive in the winter months. It’s a little too late to sow seed now, but fat seedlings are in the shops. Plant in a spot away from strong winds, or if you have large planters or containers, jam heaps in so you can be feasting on them for Christmas. Harvest yams now the frosts have sweetened up the flavour. Once dug up, wash off any soil and allow them to dry before storing somewhere dry and dark. Keep a few of the fattest ones for planting out in spring for next year’s crop. The same goes for Jerusalem artichokes. Now the stalks have died down, lift them and store in the same way as yams. JULY in the Garden July is still a good month to get out and complete some of those gardening tasks. Even with the chilly starts, the days often turn out to be sunny and a good temperature for getting stuck in to your garden. Here are a few tasks that can done now: Planting • Strawberries can still be planted now. Use our Patio Plus for planting in pots, tubs, barrels and other containers. • There is still time to get garlic and shallots in. Fresh garlic is delicious added into your cooking, and it is pretty simple to grow. • Plant veggie seedlings like broccoli, cauliflower, radish, silverbeet, peas and spinach. Fertilising • Those spring bulbs will be starting to pop through now. Give them a boost of nutrition in the form of Intelligro Topdressing Fertiliser. This will help them to continue develop, ready to burst into bloom in Spring. • If you are planning to plant seed potatoes, give the area you are planting in a boost by adding in Intelligro Potato Fertiliser before planting. General Tasks • Prune your roses! Best done on a dry, sunny day. If you have any questions about pruning your roses, send them to us at and we will get back to you as soon as we can. • Protect your plants from frosts. Add Organic Compost to gardens and layer with one of our barks. This will help keep the plant’s roots protected from the cold. Cover veggie beds with a frost cloth, and where possible, move pots indoors if a big frost is forecast. • Tidy up leaves from paths and in gutters. Head to our website for a more detailed guide on how to grown strawberries and garlic, as well as other handy gardening guides. LET’S GET GARDENING INTELLIGRO OFFERS: 3 Expert gardening advice 3 High quality products 3 South-Hort growing mixes 3 VIP rewards 3 Buy in-store and online 3 Handy delivery service For more information, check out our website: or visit our facebook page: 1394 Main South Road, RD7 Weedons | Phone 03 347 9415