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Selwyn Times: March 21, 2017

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44 Tuesday March 21 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Gardening SELWYN TIMES Still time to plant winter vegetables PLANT: Get your autumn/ winter vegetable crops in now. Use your outdoor living areas all year round • Warm & dry in winter • UV protection for summer • Stylish & permanent • 5 year warranty Chris Thorndycroft Phone 0800 27 24 46 | www.archgola.co.nz 15 months INTEREST FREE Normal lending criteria apply AUTUMN IS a great time for catching up on garden chores and to plan and plant before winter arrives. For vegetable lovers, if you haven’t started already then get in quick and sow your autumn/ winter vegetable crops. First, prepare the soil and add in manure. Also, ensure you keep young plants protected from slugs and snails. If you are not planting in your vege garden, don’t leave the beds empty. Sow a “green manure or cover crop” to add nutrients into the soil and protect beds. Sow green crops directly. Once grown, dig them back into the soil and leave to break down for six to eight weeks before planting. Alternatively, “blanket cover” beds by applying a thick layer of mulch, autumn leaves, or wood chip. Summer herb gardens are coming to an end as many perennial herbs start flowering and then produce seed in autumn. This does not mean you cannot have a winter herb garden, however, you may need to plant fresh specimens at this time of year. Cut back herbs like mint, sage, rosemary and thyme to promote new fresh growth. Keep planting bulbs. There are many different varieties available to give variations in height and colour in the garden or containers. Always label where the bulbs are in the garden so they are not damaged or accidently dug up when dormant over winter. When autumn rains arrive, the renovation of existing lawns or the laying of new lawns can begin. When preparing your site for a new lawn, it is advisable to have a slight slope to allow water to run off, thereby avoiding puddling. A handy tip is to sow a mixture of grass seed as this provides a better all-year-round lawn. With existing lawns, fertiliser can be applied and watered in well. When irrigating your lawn, carry out this in the cooler part of the day to maximise water usage. Prune peach and nectarine trees that have finished cropping. Remove old wood and retain enough new seasons growth for next season’s fruit. It’s always a good idea to maintain tree height at 2m to 3m to allow for easier picking, and for netting if birds become a problem next season. If you are planning on adding trees to your garden this year, planting during autumn/early winter is ideal so your tree has enough time to establish a good root system before summer. PLANT SALE WEEKDAYS 8:30–5PM MARCH 24TH –APRIL 17 TH Open Easter Monday! Closed Weekends. INSTANT HEDGING GROUND COVERS SPECIMEN TREES UP TO 60% OFF PLANTS* Griselinia ‘Ardmore Emerald’ Pittosporum ‘Wrinkled Blue’ nice and chunky grade 1.2m+ only $50 .00 ea Acaena, Ajuga, Mondo grass, Pachysandra, Scleranthus plus many more varieties to choose from. up to for 20 40% off 20 – 60% off HEDGING BULK DEALS NATIVE REVEGETATION * While stocks last. Conditions apply. Corokia, Escallonia, Griselinia Teucrium plus many more... 15cm pot grade Griselinia - 22cm pot grade Pittosporums - pb28 grade nice and bushy $4 .00 ea $12 .00 ea $20 .00 ea Hebes 50 mixed plants $300 Silver Tussock 50 ‘Poa cita’ plants $100 Phormium 50 ‘Platts Black’ plants $300 Ake ake, Cabbage tree, Five finger, Flax, Lacebark, Lancewoods, Pittosporum, Ribbonwood plus many more varieties. 15cm pot grade only$4 .00 ea

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday March 21 2017 45 Beautiful blooms from gerberas Rachel Vogan says bright-faced gerberas offer more than ever before, with new breeds no longer restricted to indoor living only YEARS AGO, gerberas were predominantly grown inside as they were deemed to be a little temperamental and challenging to grow outdoors. Years of breeding has seen the development of new types that have been bred specifically to counter this flaw and flourish especially well in pots. Yahoo, I say. It now means you can easily grow your own cut flowers at home. Gerberas are often a first choice in bouquets and a popular choice for brides on the Big Day. The flowers come in a rainbow of colours with true blue and ebony black seeming to be the only omissions at the moment, although that could easily change with all the breeding being undertaken. In the shops you will find two main brands of outdoor patio gerberas – Garvinea and Sweet series. Garvinea were bred to flower over a longer period and are about half the size of the large florist’s gerberas. The colour range is amazing and flowers themselves very eye-catching as they produce so many flower stems per plant. With a compact growth habit they are definite patio and tub option, especially if you want to create a wow factor. These flowers pick well, too, although it always seems sad not to leave them outside strutting their stuff, especially if they are planted in your outdoor living areas. They are true perennials, meaning they don’t die after one season. Hailing from South Africa, they prefer a free-draining soil rather than anything too wet or heavy. Protect from harder frosts, as anything below -5 deg C is too cold for them. If they are planted in tubs, move the tubs closer to the house or even indoors over winter. New this season are those in the Sweet series, which have all the same attributes as Garvineas, but offer much larger blooms. One I am going to hunt down is ‘Sweet Surprise’ with its layers of pale lavender petals. This colour appeals to those who enjoy tones of blue and violet in the garden or on the patio. Another newcomer is ‘Sweet Memories’, which boasts an array of pretty pastel-pink outer petals that contrast beautifully with the creamywhite centres. This one is sure to quickly become a favourite with flower lovers. VIVID: Sweet Memories (above). This is one you can grow in the garden or pots and tubs. (Right Gerbera ‘Kermit’ is a new florist-only variety, ask or order it by name. It’s a real character; Gerberas can last for a good 10 days to a fortnight when used in floral arrangements. GETTinG ThE Ground work donE Now is a great time to add compost in to your garden. This will help to replenish the nutrients in your soil and give an overall boost. Even if you’re not planting over autumn and winter, mix some of our Blood and Bone, Sheep Pellets and Organic Compost in your vegetable garden. This will help to rejuvenate your soil ready for your next lot of planting. If you are planting winter crops, make sure you keep the nutrition supply up so they have plenty nutrients to draw from to make the crop through the season. Intelligro stocks a wide variety of fertilisers to cater to your plant’s requirements. Loyalty Club Don’t forget to join our Intelligro loyalty club. You will earn rewards dollars to spend on future purchases, keep track of what products you have purchased, and sign up to our e-newsletter to get the latest specials as well as gardening tips and advice. If you are already a member, don’t forget to tell our team when you make a purchase so we can add the sale against your name. weekend hours Our extended weekend hours are drawing to a close. Starting on Saturday 8th April, our weekend hours will go back to: Saturdays 8am – 4pm Sundays 9am – 3pm 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