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The Star: April 13, 2017

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32 Thursday April 13 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star Gardening Cold weather citrus jewel $7.90 incl. GST Give fine-leafed plants a trim visit pukeahu national war memorial park upcycle an old wheelbarrow growing with you following the fantail Learn more about this bright little bird for the love of wild flowers geoff & Liz Brunsden’s quest to spread colour all over the country Humble bumblebees How to encourage more of these hard-working pollinators into your garden Autumn crops the edibles that deserve your growing attention compAnion plAnts for fruit trees + planting advice for cherries & tamari los April 2017 | 100% Real-life gardeners Elaine Schreiber of Bushview Gardens, New Plymouth + Vicky Barrett of the Dig It! Royal Oak Organic Garden, Auckland off to mArket setting up your own plant or produce sta l For more gardening inspiration, pick up the latest issue of kiwigardener GRAPEFRUIT is one of winter’s colourful citrus jewels. Packed with antioxidants just when we need them, the grapefruit is a popular fruit tree to have in the home garden. The fruit may be an acquired taste as it can be rather sour, but there are a few tricks to draw out its sweetness. In the United States, where grapefruit are a breakfast staple, they are much sweeter because of the way they are grown. Most commercial grapefruit orchards are in the hot states, such as Florida, where they are grown with irrigation. In spite of this, grapefruit are one of the most coldtolerant citrus fruits and will withstand some frost. When selecting the place to plant your tree, find the hottest part of your property, ideally with a masonry wall to release heat to help sweeten the fruit. To get the most sweetness and ripeness from the fruit, leave it on the tree for a long time – it can take up to 14 months to ripen properly. The variety you choose is also important. Wheeny grapefruit takes a long time to produce fruit – this variety tends to produce fruit biennially. Citrus needs full sun and ample moisture, but reasonable drainage. It needs a spot with good airflow but not windy, and it doesn’t like to be too crowded. Golden special is always productive and the fruit not too sour. This grapefruit is a breakfast staple, sweetened with a little honey or a sprinkle of raw sugar. Citrus care Citrus are surface rooters so they don’t do well with grass growing around them, particularly when they are young. It is much better to lightly skim the grass from the surface without disturbing the roots of the tree, removing the competition to beyond the “drip line” if you can. Give your flower bed some life when it is cold • By Henri Ham IT’S EASY to think that impending winter means no more colour in the garden. But it doesn’t need to be this way. There are plenty of annuals which love cooler, shadier conditions and will provide the colour your garden misses over winter. Cineraria is one such plant and produces striking blue, white, red and purplish blooms. Primula, polyanthus, pansies, antirrhinums (otherwise known as snapdragons) and wallflowers are other examples of brightly coloured annuals that don’t mind a little cold weather. These ones come in a range of colours like pink, blue, yellow, white and more. Once you’ve got your seedlings you need to find a shady, damp spot to grow them in. Cineraria doesn’t like frost, so under a tree is usually a good place to plant. They like similar growing conditions to impatiens. So if you planted these with us in November, simply take them out, dig over the soil and plant your cineraria in the same spot. Once planted, keep an eye out for caterpillars – VIBRANT: Cineraria likes cool conditions. simply pick them off, or spray with an insecticide. And watch out for slugs. Lastly, be careful not to over water. Because you will have planted in the shade and the weather is cooler as we head into winter, they won’t need as much water as plants growing in full sun. Then sit back and wait for your arrival of colour in around six to eight weeks – depending on the warmth of your soil at the time of planting. AUTUMN GARDEN SHOW SATURDAY & SUNDAY 29 & 30 APRIL 10AM-5PM Ouruhia ‘The greatest little nursery in town’ www.ouruhianursery.co.nz SPECIALIST LANDSCAPE NURSERY BIG EASTER SALE • Fruit Trees from $25 • At least 20% off everything! 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