The Star: October 27, 2016

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Thursday October 27 2016

Gardening

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Gardening Advice

with

Congratulations!

Today’s winning question came from Wendy Higgison,

who received a Daltons Tomato Prize Pack.

QUESTION

I love sweet peas. What is the best fertiliser when planting and during growth? Would it

be best to use liquid feed?

ANSWER

Sweet peas are a lovely addition to any garden and can

be grown from either seed or seedlings, depending on

your preference. They are not gross feeders, so normal

soil preparation prior to planting is usually sufficient for

strong healthy growth and free flowering. This includes

incorporating Daltons Compost into the existing soil to

ensure good drainage during the growing period (sweet

peas do not like overly wet soil). Over fertilising with high

nitrogen fertiliser can lead to excessive vegetative growth

and reduced flowering.

Sweet peas grow best in a sheltered, warm site. Before

planting seeds or young plants, put a frame or structure

in place to support the vigorous growing sweet peas.

This also helps provide a better sequence of flowering.

As the young plants grow, attach them to your frame so

they are not destroyed by strong winds.

You can apply the occasional side dressing of Daltons

Goldcote Rose & Flower Fertiliser throughout the

growing season and water it in well.

Check out our How To Grow guides at

www.daltons.co.nz/how-to-guides for more helpful

tips and advice.

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Tomatoes are delicious

straight out of the garden.

There are numerous

varieties available to suit

your tastes and garden;

from miniature cherry

tomatoes to large eating

varieties like beefsteak or

money maker.

For plump juicy tomatoes,

water plants well and

feed them regularly

with Daltons incredible

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The start of a blooming garden

THE JOY of spring is that there

are plenty of jobs to do in the

garden, especially now the soil

is warming up.

Towards the end of October,

early season varieties of strawberries

will begin to ripen.

Check plants regularly for signs

of grey mould (botrytis), and

remove any affected leaves and

fruit. Add pea straw, hay or

clean bark mulch around the

plants to provide a clean ‘nest’

for developing strawberries.

Raspberries, boysenberries,

loganberries and blackberries

should be growing at a very fast

rate as we move through the

month. Train canes on a wall

or a wire framework. It may

be necessary to remove some

surplus canes where growth

is exceptional. Mulch with

compost to suppress weeds and

conserve soil moisture, and

fruit and berry fertiliser.

Lawns are now in very active

growth and require regular

mowing. Fertilise with lawn

fertiliser and repeat every four

to six weeks. This is the last

month for ‘easy’ laying of a new

lawn or for patching and existing

lawn.

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It’s a great time to plant up

your container gardens with

ornamental annuals, perennials

or herbs, and even small green

salad veggies. Always start with

fresh container mix and ensure

the containers are well drained.

Summer annuals that thrive

in containers include dwarf

cosmos, marigolds, petunia,

portulacas, salvias and zinnias.

If you are establishing a new

herb garden or restoring an

existing one, try and position

the herb garden close to the

kitchen so it’s easy to access.

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well-drained position. You may

need to plant more of the herbs

you frequently use for example

basil, chives, parsley.

Roses will now start coming

into their own. The first blooms

are the best display of the year

before the dreaded blackspot

and rust appear. Fertilise them

every four to six weeks with

rose fertiliser as this enhances

regular and ‘strong’ flowering.

Mulch with compost to help

retain soil moisture and ‘dead

head’ (the removal of old flowers)

regularly to help promote

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