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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday October 17 2017 43 Gardening Summer veges can be safely planted AS OUR recent weather has served to prove October is sometimes an unsettled month, but by the end of the month, temperatures have usually risen and the growth in the garden abounds. There are a million tasks to do in the garden; all enjoyable, especially the planting of the summer vegetable garden. It’s probably the most active month of the year in the vegetable garden. Prepare the area well by adding in new compost in significant quantities. All summer vegetables can now be safely planted, including courgettes/zucchini, cucumbers, beans, beetroot, carrots, celery, corn, leeks, lettuce, melons, onions, radish, pumpkin and tomato. To avoid vegetables all maturing at one time, stagger your plantings as continuous cropping and supply is much preferable. As plants become established, apply light side dressings of vegetable fertiliser to help develop strong healthy plants. Water young plants regularly and deeply to encourage a strong root system. The last of winter flowing annuals can now be removed and the soil prepared for new plantings. As with the vegetable plot, add plenty of compost to COLOUR: Plant containers and pots with summer flowering annuals. Early strawberries should now be ripening. the soil and dig it over well to create a fine tilth (breadcrumb like texture) ready for planting. Summer flowering annuals can include alyssum, asters, cornflowers, californian poppy, cosmos, livingstone daisy, lobelia, marigolds, nemesia, petunias, portulaca, phlox, salvias, sweet peas and zinnias. In warmer areas, harvest seminole tangelo (which will finally be ripening) and grapefruit. The first application of fruit tree fertiliser can now be made. Repeat again in six weeks’ time. Loquarts are now ripening, filling a gap in the harvesting fruit calendar. Kiwifruit and grape vines are now growing vigorously. Trim growth where it is not required. Mulch trees with crushed bark as the soil warms up to prevent weed growth and aid water retention during the hot, dry summer months. Early varieties of strawberries will begin to ripen towards the end of October. Check plants for any signs of grey mould (botrytis). Remove any infected leaves and ensure there is enough pea straw, mulch or hay around plants to keep developing berries clean and healthy It’s a busy time for lawn lovers. The first application of lawn fertiliser can now be made; hopefully at the same time as spring rain, otherwise water it thoroughly after applying. Sow seed where there are bare parts of the lawn, add new topsoil before broadcasting the seed and lightly water to activate germination. Mow your lawn regularly to encourage vigorous growth. Classical winter flowering shrubs such as rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas are now coming to the end of flowering. They may require some minor pruning before they break into spring growth. Apply fertiliser to these plants in late October and apply mulch all around your shrubs. Now is a great time to plant FERTILISER: Add plenty of compost to your topsoil when planting tomatoes. containers and pots with summer flowering annuals such as petunias which are a favourite to provide colour throughout summer months. Start your new seasons display by removing existing potting mix, thoroughly cleaning the container before refilling with new container mix and planting. In the herb garden, remove any old plants from the previous season herb garden. Plant out new seasons herbs, including those that are frost tender such as basil. Clip your herb plants frequently for culinary use and to encourage fresh young growth. •More gardening, p45 SPRING SALE Open WEEKDAYS 8:30–5PM OCTOBER 6 TH –23 RD Labour Day Monday! Closed Weekends. *While Stocks Last. UP TO 60% OFF PLANTS* SPECIMEN TREES 20-60% off Purchase any large grade tree over $80 and receive two timber stakes and tree tie free! SHRUBS up to20% off A large selection of shrubs available for 20 EVERGREEN MAGNOLIAS were $110 1.4 – 1.6m grade now $75ea HEDGING GROUNDCOVERS FLAXES WWW.GREENLINC.CO.NZ Buxus, 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 $18 .00 ea Acaena, Ajuga, Mondo Grass, Phlox, Scleranthus, plus many more varieties to choose from... up to40% off Black Rage, Dark Delight, Evening Glow, Golden Ray plus many more... only $7 .00 ea or 8 plants for $50 .00