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Selwyn Times: May 02, 2017

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20 Tuesday May 2 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Gardening SELWYN TIMES Great autumn Being productive in the garden is as much about growing as it is about finishing crops, and putting all good things to use year-round. Diana Noonan provides a few tip on how to use your greenhouse over the autumn months UNDER COVER: Pumpkins need to be ‘cured’ if they are to keep well over winter. The greenhouse is the perfect place to use for this. Be inspired by our great range of quality trees and shrubs. Pamper your potatoes In my autumn, there may well be no warm, dry periods of little rain. Thank goodness for my greenhouse, which I press into service for potato drying. If you decide to use your greenhouse for this purpose, there are one or two things to bear in mind. The greening of potatoes is caused by four factors: light quality (how bright the light is), the duration during which the tubers are exposed to light, the temperature they are exposed to, and the variety of potato (some have thicker skins than others). When I dry my potatoes in the greenhouse, I minimise the time the harvest is exposed to the light (leaving them in the light for no more than two days and turning them a couple of times a day to hurry the process). I leave the greenhouse door and vents open to lower the temperature, and I choose a day with light cloud rather than bright Growing and marketing containerised trees & shrubs.. 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All of which makes curing pumpkins and other cucurbits a headache. Unless, of course, you have a greenhouse. Pumpkins and their relatives need to be stored in a warm, dry place for around four weeks if they are to store well into winter. During the curing process, the gourds’ skins harden, and any minor blemishes heal over, protecting the flesh beneath. Curing also helps immature fruit to ripen and sweeten. Because curing should ideally occur at temperatures between 27-29 deg C, greenhouses provide the ideal place for it to take place. I cure pumpkins, kumi kumi and marrows on wooden pallets placed on the floor of my glasshouse. It’s fascinating to watch the shells harden on the vegetables and to see how they deepen in colour. Sun-dried decoration Bright dried foods make for pretty decorations in the kitchen, whether stored in a jar or strung up on threads of cotton or natural jute string. As soon as the chillies in my glasshouse are ripe (which is when they have turned the mature colour indicated on their seed packet or plant label), I whip them off the bush. While their stems are still soft, I use a needle to thread them onto cotton, spacing them slightly apart from each other to encourage ventilation, then hang them across he roof of the greenhouse to dry. As most of the plants are gone from my greenhouse by now, humidity is low and the chillies dry within a few days or a week or two depending on conditions. I also dry bunches of herbs in the greenhouse, tying their stems loosely, and placing the bunches heads down in a large paper bag hung high in the structure (heat rises so the higher they are hung the better). The bags serve to catch the leaves (or seeds) as they fall. gardening without guesswork Question: I have moved into a new place that has a beautiful flower garden that includes the likes of dahlias, chrysanthemums and roses. What do I need to do to help them survive the winter? At this time of year you will need Answer: to cut back your chrysanthemums and dahlias by about two thirds once they have finished flowering. Make sure that when you are cutting these back, you use sharp secateurs and do it on a fine, dry day. To help protect them from the winter cold, add a layer of bark mulch to the garden to keep them nice and snug through the cooler months. Your roses will also benefit from some mulch to protect them. Organic compost dug through the soil will boost them as well. As winter begins, this is a good time to prune them. Check out the gardening advice section on our website for more information on how to prune It will also pay to give them a spray – head to your local garden centre, they will point you in the right direction. The spray will help to protect the plant’s new growth from winter frosts, as well as protection from diseases. Please note that if you have rambling roses, these are best pruned in summer. for more information, check out our website: or visit our facebook page: Thanks to carla for her question. WIN! a $50 INTEllIgrO gIfT VOuchEr! Send us your question and BE IN TO WIN! Email to: or post your question on our Facebook page: New questions received by Tuesday 9th May. Other maintenance in the flower garden Primulas, pansies and polyanthus will love a side dressing of fertiliser to help see them through the winter. Make sure that you clean up any leaves from around the garden, add some organic compost to give the soil a boost of organic matter, and add a bark mulch to the top for extra protection. QualITy prOducTs frOm ThE WEB TO ThE shEd!

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday May 2 2017 21 An Evening Of Burlesque Saturday, 7pm A fundraising event to help Rolleston resident Andrea Cameron-Hill get international treatment she needs to fight multiple sclerosis. This is a R18 event. For more information about Cameron-Hill’s diagnosis visit cause/supporthecameron-hills or email shoneywill989@gmail. com for information about tickets for the night. The Nicholas Hall, Lincoln Event Centre, 15 Meijer Dr Musical Instrument Practice Slots Thursday, 3.30-7pm Book a time to go solo or have a silent practice with up to four band-mates. There will be electronic drums, a digital piano, a Roland session mixer, mics and headphones available for budding musicians. You can also take in your own electric instruments and plug into the session mixer. Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, 341 Main South Rd Afternoon Euchre Every Friday from today 1.15-3.30pm An enjoyable afternoon with old and new friends in the Email by 5pm each Wednesday new upgraded clubrooms. For more information phone Noel Hopgood on 322 8636. Entry fee is $3 and to enter the raffle is $2. Halswell Bowling Club, 301 Halswell Rd Maker Space Saturday, 1-3pm Join in the fun for activities every week in the “maker space”. There will be a variety of activities and fun to be had for all. Te Hapua: Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Rd Scrabble Club Wednesday May 10, 1.30-3.30pm Go along to the Scrabble Club. No obligation, go along when you can and join the friendly group. Some boards provided but feel free to bring your own. Free. Te Hapua: Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Rd Save Lives, Give Blood at Lincoln Wednesday, May 17 Have you got what it takes to give blood? NZBlood needs to collect 3000 blood donations a week in New Zealand to care for sick and trauma patients. Your donation can save up to three lives. Help meet the needs of New Zealand hospitals as blood only lasts 35 days. Regular donation can make a huge difference to the lives of New Zealanders like you. You can download the New NZ Blood Service app which stores your donor card and manages your appointments. For appointments phone 0800 GIVE BLOOD or visit Lincoln Event Centre, 15 Meijer Dr Markets this weekend The markets have a lot on offer, from fresh produce to hand made crafts. West Melton Market: Saturday, 9am-noon. St Paul’s Church. Rolleston Envirotown Market: Sunday, 10am-1pm. Rolleston Square. If raining, the event is held outside the shops under the eaves. Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market: Saturday, 10am-1pm. Gerald St, Lincoln. Darfield Market: Saturday, 9am-1pm, opposite Challenge Darfield, South Tce. Leeston Market: Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm, Ellesmere Cooperating Parish, High St. Prebbleton Market: Sunday noon-4pm, Prebbleton Community Cottage, cnr Blakes and Springs Rds. Running Groups The running groups aim to BUSY: Go along to the Mahoe Reserve working bee. Meet some locals while attacking a few weeds. Wear suitable shoes, take spades, garden gloves, sunglasses or other eye protection, also a bucket for mulch, if you can. Working bees are first Sunday of the month. Following working bee is Sunday, June 4 and a planting day is July 2. The bee will be held on Boundary Rd, Lincoln. For more information phone Sue Jarvis on 329 5858 or email sue.jarvis@ ​ get like-minded members of the community fit and engaged with each other. All running groups have a handicapped start to cater for different abilities. Lincoln Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 5.30pm starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km. Starts at Lincoln University. Gold coin donations. Malvern Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 5.40pm starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km. Starts from Malvern Netball Centre. Ellesmere Road Runners: Wednesday registration from 5.45pm starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km walk or run. Starts from Leeston Physiotherapy. BEN SELBY An artistic slice of New Zealand culture is being served up in the town of Little River. From May 6, Little River Gallery will be exhibiting works by artists Robin Slow and Brian Flintoff. Titled ‘Whare Huruhuru Manu,’ the exhibition of Slow’s lyrical paintings show the cultural stories of Maori past and present with luscious depth using symbols and motifs in precious oxides. Flintoff’s delicately carved instruments in bone and native timbers add to breadth of the exhibition. There is a further dimension to the exhibition, music composed and played by Bob Bickerton, inspired by Robin’s paintings and using Brian’s instruments. CD’s and DVD’s featuring all three artists work are available. Little River Gallery is located in Little River on State Highway 75 between Christchurch and Akaroa. Visit or call 03 325 1944. Lincoln University 6km Walk, 10km or 18km Run Sunday May 21st 2017, 8am Entry for 6km walk = $5 Entry for 10km run = $10 Entry for 18km run = $20 Lincoln University is very pleased to be able to offer a running event in our local community. This is our second year running our LU Walk/Run, with the first year being very successful. We decided on this date as it is a good run up to the Christchurch half marathon. All our profits go to a charity of choice. In 2016 we donated our profits to the Rolleston St John. This year we have decided to donate the profits to a group of Lincoln University students who are heading to Malawi to help build pre-school for a group of local villages to use. If you walk or run please come on down to the University Recreation on Sunday May 21st. We also will have children’s running races on the day. You can use the link to pre-register or register on the day. 6 May - 7 June 2017 Whare Huruhuru Manu Robin Slow | Brian Flintoff music by Bob Bickerton Main Rd, Little River | 03 325 1944 | To register follow the link below or on our Website or Facebook page For further information or enquiries please contact P 03 4230550 E W F