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Selwyn Times: November 14, 2017

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40 Wednesday November 15 2017 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES Tomato Time Show Weekend is a great weekend to get your tomato plants in. This is typically when the weather settles (despite the winter-like moment last week) enough to not worry too much about the cooler weather affecting your plants. Here are some handy tips to get you started. Preparation Getting the ground-work right is an important part of any planting you are doing. It is recommended that you don’t plant new tomatoes in the same spot as last season, or where potatoes were, as there can still be diseases in the soil that can affect the growth of your new plant. Prepare existing beds with Organic Compost and Sheep Pellets, and Intelligro Tomato Fertiliser. You can then add our South-Hort Tomato Mix to the top layer to enhance the growing environment. If you are planting in pots, use the Tomato Mix straight into the pot, no need to add fertiliser prior to planting. Planting Planting in garden beds Once you have chosen your spot, place your stakes to help give the plants support as they grow and produce fruit. By doing this step now, you won’t damage the roots once you have planted. • Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball of your tomato plant. • Loosen the root ball and gently place it in the centre. • Fill the hole with the remaining mix, and press gently around the base of the plant. • Tie the tomato to the stake using plant ties. If you haven’t got any of these, old pantyhose work a treat too. Once tied, give the plant a good watering. Planting in pots and containers • Choose a pot or container that is at least 35L. • Partly fill (roughly ¾) the pot with South-Hort Tomato Mix. Put the stake in ready for tying once planted. • Loosen the root ball of the plant and place in the centre of the pot. • Fill the rest of the pot with the remaining mix, and press gently around the base of the plant. • Tie the tomato to the stake using plant ties (or pantyhose). Once tied, give the plant a good watering. Fertiliser HAVE YOU GOT A QUESTION ABOUT GARDENING? Long Weekend Hours Intelligro will be Open on Canterbury Anniversary Day! Friday 17th November 9am - 4pm Saturday 18th November 8am - 5pm Sunday 19th November 9am - 4pm Fertilising and Watering Tomatoes need a lot of nutrients to sustain healthy growth and produce a good crop. The more nutrients available, the better the plant will grow. Intelligro Tomato Fertiliser is designed specifically for the nutritional requirements of these plants to give you a bountiful crop. Fertilising Tomatoes in garden beds Once the beds are established and the plants are in, apply 100 grams per square metre every 4 weeks during the growing season. Mix well and water after application. Keep up a consistent watering routine. They’ll need plenty of water and nutrients to produce their fruit. Fertilising Tomatoes in pots and containers Apply Intelligro Top Dressing Fertiliser at a rate of 1-2 grams per litre of pot size. Apply around the base of the plant (not touching the plant) and water in well. Re-apply every 4 weeks during the growing season. Establish a regular watering plan, a good long soak every few days should do it. Keep an eye on it, you don’t want the plant to dry out! Send it through to enter our fortnightly Q&A draw for a $50 Intelligro voucher! All questions will be answered, and then entered into the draw to win the prize. The winner will also have their question published in the Selwyn Times the following week. For more information, check out our website: or visit our facebook page: DON’T FORGET OUR ENTRANCE HAS CHANGED: 261 Manion Road, Weedons Access to Intelligro from Manion Road is now available from both the Weedons Ross Road end, and Curraghs Road entrances. Manion Road is the new road built between Weedons Ross Road & Jones Rd For more information | Phone 03 347 9415

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday November 15 2017 41 Gardening Local News Now Keep planting vegetables for summer Fire rages, homes at risk NOVEMBER IS a great month to be working out in the garden. There are masses of new growth on most plants, new season vegetables are growing at a fast rate, summer flowering annuals are bursting into bloom – it’s all happening. Vegetables to be planted this month are beans (dwarf and runner), beetroot, cabbage, celery, corn, cucumber, courgettes, lettuce, pumpkin, radish, tomatoes and kumara. Water all developing vegetable plants regularly but not excessively. Ensure you stake and tie up tomatoes and remove lateral growth. Apply side dressings of fertiliser, especially to the “gross” feeders such as sweetcorn. Flowering annuals should now have outstanding displays of colour. Summer annuals to plant include; alyssum, ageratum, aster, candytuft, cornflower, cosmos, livingstone daisy, marigold, nemesia, phlox, petunias, salvias, strawflower and zinnias. Dead head (the removal of finished flowers) regularly throughout the growing season to encourage continuous blooming. This is one of the most rewarding months for cultivating roses. Plants are often covered in TIDY: Try to think outside the box when planting a hedge. Right – It’s time to break out the tools and harvest some early summer vegetables. wonderful blooms and are usually disease free. Remove flowers once they have finished to encourage further flowering. Fertilise with fertiliser every five to six weeks throughout spring/early summer. This will encourage strong growth and full blooms. If you notice signs of disease or pests – spray immediately. Remember that once you commit to spraying, you must follow a regular regime throughout the season. Hedges can now be trimmed (where required) after the initial spring growth spurt. Continue to trim on the ‘little and often’ principal as this will help encourage a strong dense form. When planting a hedge, try and think a little outside the box and investigate alternative plants to create an edible or flowering hedge. Ensure you do not plant trees that grow to 8m if you only require a 2m hedge. Lawns can be fertilised in November to help create a lush dense lawn. This is also possibly the last month to sow a substantial new lawn or patch up an existing lawn before the dry weather arrives. Choose grass varieties that are suitable for your site or a mixture of grasses which are useful in creating an all year-round lawn. Ornamental trees and shrubs can be fertilised with general garden fertiliser, coinciding with active late spring/early summer growth. Repeat applications every six weeks until the hot dry summer months. Further applications of mulch can be made now and throughout summer. The herb garden should be thriving in November; the warmer the temperatures, the better herbs grow. You may need to ‘thin out’ some of your herbs as they can grow rather vigorously and ‘swamp’ out neighbouring herbs. Continue to trim, even if not eaten as this encourages fresh new growth. MAINSCAPE Garden Supplies Making your great outdoors greater SPRING SPECIAL Mushroom Compost $18 scoop Come and see our range of garden supplies FREE loan trailers available. OPEN 6 DAYS Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm, Sat 8am - 3pm 1543 Springs Rd Phone 021 241 7908 EFTPOS Available Mainscape Garden Supplies The magazine for gardeners who like To geT Their hands dirTy 100% Urban Section Urban Section Canterbury C Decking T H Retaining Decking Timber Wall Timber & Hardware Landscaping Retaining Wall Timber Timber Trellis Landscaping Timber Residential Trellis Fencing Poles Residential and Piles Fencing H3 Poles and and We are H4 Piles here Timber Dressed H3 and H4 Timber Timber Dressed Timber Visit us via our new entrance on Manion Rd HOURS Mon-Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am -12pm Your Local Timber Merchant Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch Jason Pester 1304 Main 03 3477465 South Road, Christchurch 03 3477032 P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 HOURS Mon Fri: HOURS 7am 5pm Saturday: Mon - Fri: 8am- 7am - 12pm 5pm Saturday: 8am- 12pm Weedons Ross Rd Weedons Weedons Ross Ross Rd Rd to Rolleston to Rolleston We are here We are here Berketts Rd Berketts Berketts Rd Rd Trents Rd Trents Trents Rd Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Main South Rd // SH1