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Selwyn Times: September 13, 2016

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26 Tuesday September 13 2016 Gardening SELWYN TIMES Capture the colours of spring • By Rachel Vogan AS PARTS of the garden leap into life, the heros in my blooming world at the moment are daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and jonquils. I would love to lead you to believe that this is all through careful planning and skill that I have such a plethora from which to choose, but that’s not quite true. The majority of bulbs I am enjoying now were planted by the previous owner. She was a lady who would beaver away in the garden from dawn to dusk, constantly digging plants up and moving them to another place in the garden to enhance a vista or view. And now, as I get to sit back and reap what she sowed, I think of her often. Yes, I have added my twinkle to a few areas by planting a few hundred bulbs, but the bulk of what I am picking now have been in situ for 20 years or more. Did you know that daffodils can last out of water for up to eight hours before they start to wilt and fade? Even though I have known this for years it always seems mean to make them suffer, so I place them in a bucket of fresh water filled up to their necks. Tulips, hyacinths and daffodil all flower at the same time. If you do not have room in the garden, try them in pots. In the vase Team up these spring beauties with strong, bold foliage to fill out the vase. Go-to ones are bear’s breeches (Acanthus mollis), upright outdoor ferns, variegated flax varieties or some strong stems of colourful willow branches – even red stems of dogwood. Stems of camellias blend in beautifully as well, while branches of berries, like holly, add another textural layer. VIVID: A bunch of daffodil colours and varieties. The trick to keeping them alive once picked is to change the water every few days and cut the bottom of the stems at the same time. They can last up to a fortnight in a cooler room. Attention Farmers and small block owners End of Line and surplus tree SALE Perfect for paddock and shelter trees and property beautification. Sales starts Sunday September the 11th – While stock lasts Open Sundays 10am – 4pm and by arrangement Alders, Oaks, Elms, conifers, Planes, Ash and Hornbeam just to name a few All sale trees under half price, Flowering Cherries 30-50% off! Decking Retaining Wall Timber Landscaping Timber Trellis Residential Fencing Poles and Piles H3 and H4 Timber Dressed Timber Urban Section HOURS Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am- 12pm Weedons Ross Rd to Rolleston We are here Berketts Rd Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Your Local Timber Merchant The Specialist Tree Growers 479 Ashley Gorge Rd, Oxford. Ph 03 312 4176 (Only 30 minutes from Darfield) • Sorry no Eftpos available Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 growing with you SprIng Is here – It’S Sow Time how to get the best results from seeds and seedlings 100% NatIve In The capItal Unravelling the secrets of Otari-wilton Bush The New Zealand landscape awards The people behind the projects $7.90 incl. GST Save our roSeS How a rose register is protecting our heritage September 2016 | 100% It’s time to grow! New look and more content than ever! MeeT LeSTer Brice A Garden coach auckland Botanic GardenS Why we love our public grounds now bigger than ever The magazine for gardeners who like to get their hands dirty SubScribe from $43. 50* *6 issues/6 months Use your outdoor living areas all year round • Warm & dry in winter • UV protection for summer • Stylish & permanent • 5 year warranty “AS SEEN ON TV” ISSN 2423-0219 SUBSCRIPTIONS FREEPHONE 0800 77 77 10 www.gaRdeNER.kiwI Chris Thorndycroft Phone 0800 27 24 46 | 15 months INTEREST FREE Normal lending criteria apply

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday September 13 2016 27 Quick and easy to grow endive Gazania likes the heat • By Tod Palenski IF YOU’RE looking to add some spark to your garden this summer, look no further than gazania. This flame-like plant produces incredibly striking orange, yellow, cream and red flowers and loves hot, dry, sunny and even windy growing conditions. For a perfect planting buddy, partner it with livingstone daisies. These bright coloured plants thrive in the same conditions as gazania. Because of this, both plants are great for mass planting on dry slopes, bedding, ground cover, edging and in pots. And for the same reasons, gazania and livingstone daises are both perfect to plant now as the weather warms up. They’re especially good to grow if you plan on being out and about or away a bit over the warmer months – once planted, they require little to no care. Grab your gazania and livingstone daisy plants Make sure the area you choose to plant in is welldrained, rather than hard and wet. Dig a hole and pop a seedling in. Plant them quite close together – about 200mm apart – as they don’t tend to spread far when they grow. In around six to eight weeks your garden should have some extra spark of summer colour. • By Tod Palenski SPRING HAS arrived, which means salad season is just around the corner. And there’s nothing like picking fresh salad ingredients straight out of your garden. I’ve talked a lot about the different salad plants (typically lettuces) – iceberg, baby cos, red, triumph, just to name a few. But for some reason I’ve never mentioned endive in one of these articles. And I’m not really sure why. Endive is a great addition to any salad. I like to partner its fine curled, mid-green leaves with rocket. To my mind, endive is a bit bitter and rocket is a little peppery, together they’re a great combo. What’s equally important, and another reason why I’m surprised I haven’t mentioned endive in the past, is it’s so easy and quick to grow. Unlike most lettuces, it doesn’t need to create a heart in the centre so it’s very quick to produce. Simply pick the leaves off as you need them. To plant, look for a welldrained spot in the garden. If the soil is still a bit wet and cold from TASTY: Pick the leaves as you need them. winter, try growing endive in a pot. Just add some good quality potting mix, plant a couple of seedlings around 5cm apart and away you go. Depending on where you are in New Zealand and how warm the soil is yet, it will take around four to six weeks for your endive to be ready to harvest. Remember, you can tell the soil is warming up when you need to start mowing your lawns again. Take a chance on endive. You might just like what you grow! HOME GrOWn Veggies At this time of year raised vegetable gardens are hugely popular, and are a great asset to any property. Filling your raised garden with a quality mix is going to be an important aspect of getting the best results from your plants. Intelligro Veggie Garden Mix is a pre-fertilised growing mix that is going to feed your plants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth, and of course producing the veggies. It is safe to plant straight in to, and is excellent for a wide variety of veggie plants. Intelligro also has kitset raised planters for sale in varying sizes. They are easy to put together and can be dismantled and stored easily if need be. Feel free to give us a call or pop in and see us, we can show you what they look like, give you instructions how to make it (if you need it!) and also let you know how much Veggie Garden Mix will go in each particular box. SEPTEMBEr SPECiaL 10% OFF VEGGiE GardEn MiX Normally $147.00 per m 3 NOW $132.30 per m 3 Our aim is to make gardening easy... Whether you are a confident gardener or a beginner. Our friendly staff are more than happy to offer advice, give you some ideas or discuss your options with you. Give us a call on 03) 3479415, or head to to have a look at all our fantastic products online. 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