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Selwyn Times: November 08, 2016

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30 Tuesday November 8 2016 SELWYN TIMES it’s time for planting t mat es! Show Weekend Hours Friday 11th November 9am – 4pm Saturday 12th November 8am – 5pm Sunday 13th November 9am – 4pm Canterbury Anniversary weekend is typically the marker for when we can plant out our tomatoes. Generally speaking, the weather is more settled by this stage, and the chances of frost damage have passed. Preparation The prep stage will set you up for a successful crop if it is done right. It is recommended that you don’t plant new tomatoes in the same spot as last season, or where potatoes were, as there can still be diseases in the soil that can affect the growth of your new plant. Prepare existing beds with Organic Compost, Sheep Pellets, and Intelligro Tomato Fertiliser. You can then add our South-Hort Tomato Mix to the top layer to enhance the growing environment. If you are planting in pots, use the Tomato Mix straight into the pot, no need to add fertiliser prior to planting. Planting in garden beds • Once you have chosen your spot, place stakes to help give the plants support as they grow and produce fruit. By doing this step now, you won’t damage the roots once you have planted. • Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball of your plant. • Loosen the root ball and gently place the plant in the centre. • Fill the hole with the remaining mix, and press gently around the base of the plant. • Tie the tomato to the stake using plant ties. If you haven’t got any of these, old pantyhose work a treat too. Once tied, give the plant a good watering. Planting in pots and containers • Choose a pot or container that is at least 35L. • Fill the pot to approximately ¾ full with South-Hort Tomato Mix. Put the stake in ready for tying once planted. • Loosen the root ball of the plant and place in the centre of the pot. • Fill the rest of the pot with the remaining mix, and press gently around the base of the plant. • Tie the tomato to the stake using plant ties (or pantyhose). Once tied, give the plant a good watering. Fertilising and Watering Tomatoes are gross feeders, so they need a lot of nutrients to maintain healthy growth and to develop their fruit. The more nutrients available, the better the plant will grow. Intelligro Tomato Fertiliser is designed specifically for the nutritional requirements of these plants. Fertilising Tomatoes in garden beds At the prep stage: apply 200 grams per square metre and mix with the soil. Once established, apply 100 grams per square metre every 4 weeks during the growing season. Mix well and water after application. Keep up a consistent watering routine. They’ll need plenty of water and nutrients to produce their fruit. Fertilising Tomatoes in pots and containers Apply Intelligro Top Dressing Fertiliser at a rate of 1-2 grams per litre of pot size. Apply around the base of the plant (not touching the plant) and water in well. Re-apply every 4 weeks during the growing season. Establish a regular watering plan, a good long soak every few days should do it. Keep an eye on it, you don’t want the plant to dry out! LET’S GET GardEninG For more information, check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz 1394 Main South Road, RD7 Weedons www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November 8 2016 31 Gardening Heralding the new wave Rachel Vogan says the hydrangea is one of the easiest and most charming shrubs to grow, and it’s making a major comeback. SOME GOOD old-fashioned shrubs are climbing their way back up the popularity ladder, and hydrangeas are making that comeback quickly and in epic proportions. Suddenly they don’t seem to be old and fuddy-duddy anymore. The value of having a reliable plant that blooms for months on end and is easy-care appeals to the time-poor. Being adaptable to sun and shade simply boosts their appeal. Planting drifts of hydrangeas is an easy way of having a low-maintenance, colourful garden display for months on end. These hardy shrubs can be grown all over the country, from the hot and humid north right down to the cold and chilly south. With foliage and form, these gapfilling shrubs need more recognition. Hydrangeas can be used in numerous ways: • Planted under large trees. • Blended into shrub borders. • Planted along the shady cold side of the house. • As patio and entranceway focal points. • In pots and containers, and even hanging baskets if you can find one big enough. New dwarf hybrids are appearing every season, many of which are bred to cope with full sun as well as shade. This expands the areas in which they can be used in the garden. And it makes them ideal for growing in planters and large tubs. WHERE AND HOW TO PLANT Soil is the main thing to get right. Make sure it is well dug over before planting, blend on half a bucket of compost or manure and sprinkle in some general fertiliser. Nestle in the plant, firm the soil around it, then add a layer of mulch around the base to keep the soil cooler and weeds away. PRUNING Prune hydrangeas each season after flowering in June, July or August. Remove about 50 per cent of the stem, down to a set of fat plump green buds, which will develop into next season’s flowers. PROPAGATING HYDRANGEAS At pruning time, select some straight stems for cuttings. In a pot filled in potting mix or loose soil, insert these sticks until at least 50 per cent is underground. In three to four months roots will begin to appear through the bottom of the pot. BLUE AND PINK HYDRANGEAS Hydrangea flower colours can change with different soil fertility. Many gardeners have been mystified by this as they may purchase a pink or red hydrangea in flower from the garden centre and find a year later, once it’s been in the garden a season, that the flowers have changed colour to a shade of mauve or blue. This is because flower colour is affected by the soil’s pH level. What you need to know When to plant All year round. Where to plant Most prefer a site with some shade, however, new varieties have been developed which cope in sun or shade. When to prune After flowering in autumn and winter. When to propagate In winter, by stem cuttings. Insert the cutting into a pot, making sure at least half the cutting is in the soil. Plant spacing 1.5-2m between plants. Where to buy All good garden centres, hardware stores and online. VIVID: Pyrozhenka flowers an eyecatching blue. POPULAR: Sumiko has plenty of street appeal with its two-toned flowers. MAINSCAPE Garden Supplies “Making your great outdoors greater” free Hire trailer We deliver 6 days a week or pickup from our yard Mon & Fri 8am–5pm, Sat 8am–3pm Eftpos available Call us on 021 241 7908 1543 Springs rd, lincoln See our range of products on our website www.mainscapegardensupplies.co.nz Urban Section 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 Berketts Rd Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032