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Selwyn Times: March 14, 2017

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30 Tuesday March 14 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES Gardening An apple a day Rachel Vogan says apples are easy to grow and wonderful to eat – so why not grow your own? REFERRED TO as the world’s most popular fruit, apples are one of the easiest crops to grow. They are often classified as eating or dessert/cooking apples. If room isn’t an issue try to plant a range of apples that mature at different times, so you can have a long harvest period. POLLINATION Apples are pollinated by bees, which move around apple and crab apple trees (which are useful pollinators for apple trees due to their abundance of pollen and long flowering period). If you only have room for one, make sure it’s self-fertile, or if your neighbour has a tree or two, the bees will move from garden to garden to aid in fertilisation. MAINTENANCE Young apple trees need little pruning other than to train to shape until the plants have multiple branches or when they are starting to take up too much space. Prune to aid air and light movement once established after harvesting in winter. Fertilise in spring with a general-purpose fruit fertiliser; avoid anything that is exceptionally high in nitrogen. MULTI-GRAFTED VARIETIES The expert horticulturalists, who grow the trees, graft the apple variety onto a vigorous rootstock. These rootstocks cope with a variety of soil types and govern the eventual height of the tree. Grafting is nothing new, it has been done for centuries, and it allows for more than one variety to be grafted onto each rootstock. Multi-grafted apple trees are popular and readily available; some even come in triple grafts, ie three varieties of apple on one tree. ONES TO TRY The list of apple trees available is fairly long, with well over 100 different varieties from new hybrids through to those which came out with the first settlers. Here are a few favourites: • ‘Golden Delicious’, ‘Red Delicious’ both produce large, smooth-skinned fruit. • ‘Braeburn’, ‘Gala’, ‘Monty’s Surprise’ and ‘Fuji’ are all reliable, tasty, flavoursome, crunchy fruit with good red colours and tones. • ‘Granny Smith’, ‘Bramley’s Seedling’ and ‘Baujade’ are all green cooking-apple types. • Big is better? ‘Peasgood Nonsuch’ offers monster-sized fruit. • Low-maintenance and tasty varieties include ‘Initial’, ‘Adore’, ‘Ariane’ and ‘Divine’, which all produce wonderful apples, and what is even better is that they are disease resistant and do not need spraying. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW • Full sun is mandatory. • For clay-based and heavy soils, work in grit and gypsum before planting to help drain the soil, or build the site up so water will not pool around the base of the trees. • In light, loose, even sandy soils, be generous and load up with compost and well-rotted manure. This must be worked through the soil to ensure the roots have something solid to latch on to. SWEET: Divine tastes as good as it looks, is very low maintenance and disease-resistant. Planting March, April and May are great months to plant your spring bulbs. For planting in pots, barrels and other containers, use our fantastic Patio Plus Potting Mix. With all the essential nutrients, your bulbs will love you for it. If you are planting in the soil, make sure that you have chosen an area that is free-draining and gets some sunlight. You don’t want the bulbs to be in an area that pools with water in the winter. Trees are a valuable asset to any property. Your local garden centre will be able to help you decide on which trees best suit your situation, and give you advice on how to care for it. We recommend that you pick the best products to plant your trees in, and ensure that you provide them with plenty of water and nutrients for them to sustain healthy growth. Our shop is filled with excellent growing mixes and fertilisers for a wide range of trees, shrubs and flowers. Come down and talk to our friendly team and we will happily point you in the right direction. If you haven’t done so yet, it is not too late to get some top quality mulch on your garden. Intelligro has a wide variety of options available. Have a look on our website www.igro.co.nz or come down to our site at 1394 Main South Road and have a talk with our helpful staff and a browse around our yard. 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: 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 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday March 14 2017 31 Pretty nemophila for pots or planting STRONG: Water black penny regularly for a good show. For more gardening inspiration, pick up the latest issue of kiwigardener We design gardens DESIGN IT from a blank canvas and transform outdoor living areas into pleasing, relaxing spaces for the client to enjoy year after year. Our design skills extend also to large lifestyle properties, making the most of the extensive land to fit perfectly with the client's needs. At Evergreen Landscapes, BUILD IT our staff are specialists in their areas of expertise; we have experts in excavation, paving, building, irrigation, planting, maintenance. We offer a professional standard of service with friendly staff who understand the importance of starting and finishing jobs to a very high level. PLANT IT We provide an advice and plant set out service for where your trees and shrubs should be placed in your garden areas. If you prefer, we can do the tasks of planting, composting and mulching with our skilled labour teams. We have planted out many reserves, parks, swales and street trees: we have years of experience in quality tree and shrub planting. EVERGREEN LANDSCAPES LTD 60 Ivey Road, Templeton, Christchurch Ph: 03 349 2929, Mob: 027 559 2929, E: design@egn.co.nz Open: Mon to Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm w w w . e g n . c o . n z • By Henri Ham NEMOPHILA IS a lovely annual that produces masses of tiny, pretty flowers. The individual flowers are small and delightful, but planted on mass, nemophila looks stunning and striking. Google nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan for a glimpse of how spectacular nemophila can look. Some of my favourites are snow storm which has white flowers with fine pencil markings, black penny flowers are dark purple with white edges and blue chip flowers are blue with white centres. Blue chip grows to a height of 20cm and the other two to a height of 10cm. Try growing a mix of all three or just one variety to create a strong statement. In addition to mass planting, they look lovely in pots, containers, borders, baskets and rock gardens. Once you’ve got your seedlings simply plant each one around 25cm from the next in a spot that has full sun or part shade and moist soil. In around four weeks you can expect to see your nemophila put on their show. Water them regularly and you’ll help keep the flower show going longer. NOTICE PLENTIFUL: OF LOCAL Snow TRANSITION storm in PERIOD a pot produces masses of individual flowers. LANDSCAPING IN CANTERBURY FOR OVER 30 YEARS WE DO: Decking Paving Driveways Irrigation WE HAVE: Diggers Loaders Tip trucks Fencing Excavation Bunds Lawns WE SUPPLY: Design services Trees / shrubs Bark / soil Decorative stone Landscaping from Residential, to Lifestyle, to Commercial Sites We, the Mayors of Christchurch and Selwyn, give notice that we have agreed to invoke a period of transition to recovery as outlined in the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. We believe this to be in the public interest and desirable to ensure a Public timely and Notice effective recovery. NOTICE OF LOCAL TRANSITION PERIOD The transition period is effective from when the state of local emergency expires at 6.00pm on Wednesday 1 March 2017 and is effective for 28 days, ending We, the at Mayors 6.00pm of on Christchurch and Selwyn, give notice that we have agreed to Wednesday 29 March 2017. invoke a period of transition to recovery as outlined in the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. The decision to introduce a transition period under the Act is based in part on the following: We believe this to be in the public interest and desirable to ensure a timely and effective recovery. • Rural fire estimates that firefighters may be on the fire ground for another 3-4 weeks managing the residual fire risk from the Port Hills fire The transition period is effective from when the state of local emergency expires at 6.00pm on Wednesday 1 March 2017 and is effective for 28 days, ending at 6.00pm on • Significant rainfall to reduce fire risk is likely some time away Wednesday 29 March 2017. • Retaining Residents in the affected areas NOTICE that have suffered OF loss, or LOCAL have been evacuated, TRANSITION PERIOD walls are still feeling vulnerable The decision to introduce a transition period under the Act is based in part on the • Ongoing psychosocial We, and the general Mayors welfare of assistance Christchurch will be and required following: Selwyn, for impacted give notice that we have agreed to invoke a period Cartage residents in Selwyn of District transition and Christchurch to recovery City as outlined • Rural in the fire Civil estimates Defence that firefighters Emergency may be Management on the fire ground Act for 2002. another 3-4 • Ponds There will be an ongoing need for cordon/access management weeks managing to keep the residual fire risk from the Port Hills fire We believe this to be in the public interest and desirable to ensure a timely and effective “rubberneckers” out of impacted communities, and also to restrict • Significant public access rainfall to reduce fire risk is likely some time away to some recreational recovery. areas due to residual fire risk • Residents in the affected areas that have suffered loss, or have been evacuated, are still feeling vulnerable • Heightened public The information transition and media period interest is is effective likely for some from time. • Ongoing when psychosocial the state and general of local welfare emergency assistance will expires be required at for 6.00pm impacted on Wednesday 1 March 2017 and is residents effective in Selwyn for 28 District days, and ending Christchurch at City 6.00pm on Wednesday 29 Christchurch Mayor March Lianne 2017. Dalziel and Selwyn Mayor Sam • Broughton There will be an ongoing need for cordon/access management to keep “rubberneckers” out of impacted communities, and also to restrict public access The decision to introduce a transition to some period recreational under areas the due Act to is residual based fire in risk part on the following: • Rural fire estimates that firefighters • Heightened may public be information on the and fire media ground interest for is likely another for some 3-4 time. weeks managing the residual fire risk from the Port Hills fire Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton • Significant rainfall to reduce fire risk is likely some time away • Residents in the affected areas that have suffered loss, or have been evacuated, are still feeling vulnerable • Ongoing psychosocial and general welfare assistance will be required for impacted residents in Selwyn District and Christchurch City • There will be an ongoing need for cordon/access management to keep “rubberneckers” out of impacted communities, and also to restrict public access to some recreational areas due to residual fire risk • Heightened public information and media interest is likely for some time. Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton www.ccc.govt.nz