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Selwyn Times: December 19, 2017

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30 Wednesday December 20 2017 Gardening Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk gardening without guesswork Question: Fresh lemons are so tasty, Answer: they are a great addition to any garden, and their health benefits are fantastic! As far as looking after your trees, here are the top things you need to know. Make sure they are planted in good soil. If you haven’t added any organic compost to the garden bed for a while, get on to this now. Adding vital organic matter will help to keep the soil healthy, as it creates the perfect growing environment for your tree. Sheep pellets are an excellent addition as well. Your tree will benefit from a regular annual feed of Intelligro Citrus Fertiliser to help them produce their juicy fruits. Fertilise in spring and summer, at around 300g per square metre. You will want to sprinkle the fertiliser around the drip line (where the outer leaves fall) and then water-well afterwards. They will also need plenty of water at this time. By keeping on top of fertilising My lemon trees are looking a bit over-grown at the moment, is it ok to prune them now? and watering, you will keep your plant healthier, it will produce more fruit, and greatly reduce their chance of disease and attacks from pests. Pruning only really needs to be done to keep the tree tidy, to remove any damaged or diseased areas, or to increase air circulation around the plant. Make sure you use sharp secateurs, and make clean cuts. Prune on fine days during this time of year, and fertilise and water afterwards. Don’t go overboard with pruning – it doesn’t need it! For more information, check out our website: www.intelligro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz Thanks to Anna for her question QuAlITy prOducTs FrOm ThE WEB TO ThE shEd! WIN! A $50 INTEllIgrO gIFT VOuchEr! now bigger than ever Send us your question and BE IN TO WIN! Email to: info@igro.co.nz or post your question on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz New questions received by Tuesday 9th January 2018. Want a lemon tree but don’t have a garden? Meyer lemon trees grow excellently in pots. If you are restricted to only having pots and containers, then this variety is for you. Make sure you plant them in our Patio Plus potting mix, and ask us about what fertiliser to use. There are different fertilisers for trees and plants in pots and for those that are in garden beds! From the team at Intelligro, we want to extend a big thanks to you all for your support through the road changes we have experienced this year. We appreciate the loyalty you have shown our company, and are grateful that you choose to come to Intelligro for your landscape and gardening supplies. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and safe New Year. Stay safe through the holiday period, and we look forward to seeing you in 2018. IntellIgro ChrIstmas hours: Monday 18th December – Saturday 23rd December 8am – 5pm Sunday 24th December 9am – 12pm Christmas Day CLOSED Boxing Day CLOSED Wednesday 27th December – Saturday 30th December 8am – 5pm Sunday 31st December 9am – 12pm New Year’s Day CLOSED Tuesday 2nd January CLOSED Wednesday 3rd January – Saturday 6th January 8am – 5pm Sunday 7th January 9am – 4pm Monday 8th January – Resume Normal Trading For more information,check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz NEW ENTRANCE: 261 Manion Road, Weedons Access to Intelligro from Manion Road is now available from both the Weedons Ross Road end, and Curraghs Road entrances. www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415 The magazine for gardeners who like to get their hands dirty growing with you SprIng Is here – It’S Sow Time how to get the best results from seeds and seedlings 100% NatIve In The capItal Unravelling the secrets of Otari-wilton Bush The New Zealand landscape awards The people behind the projects SubScribe from $43. 50* $7.90 incl. GST *6 issues/6 months ISSN 2423-0219 Save our roSeS How a rose register is protecting our heritage September 2016 | 100% It’s time to grow! New look and more content than ever! MeeT LeSTer Brice A Garden coach auckland Botanic GardenS Why we love our public grounds SUBSCRIPTIONS FREEPHONE 0800 77 77 10 www.gaRdENER.kIwI

[Edition datE] SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday December 20 2017 31 3 HOME PROFESSIONALS A Christmas tradition The warmth of a New Zealand summer adds to the cheer of the festive season. While few of us ‘deck the halls with boughs of holly’ as was traditional in England in the 16th century, we adorn our homes in a way that is similar to those in the northern hemisphere. Christmas is celebrated in different ways throughout New Zealand with many people celebrating some aspect of the festive season whether it is connecting with distant friends, spending time with family, entertaining, or sharing gifts. For those with young children, a trip to Santa will be on the list while young and old may check out the light displays adorning certain households around the district and city, with the Seawards’ Christmas light display topping the list. Every year, Carl and Maureen Seaward put on a wonderful light show that draws thousands of people to their 650 Shands Road property near Prebbleton. Over 300,000 lights form an interactive display, accompanied by synchronised music. The light display is open every night from 8.30pm to midnight, until the 30th December, with a charge of $5 for those over 15 years. By now the Christmas tree will no doubt be up and adorned with tinsel and colourful baubles. Some observe a tradition of adding a new decoration to the collection each year, adding a little more interest. Colourful streamers, wreathes, fresh Lillies and Poinsettia will also increase the festive feeling. Delegate decorating tasks and present wrapping to the older children who might be encouraged to make paper streamers, create a table centrepiece, and decorate their own Christmas paper. Making shortbread in Christmas shapes, fudge and other edible treats will also keep them occupied. For those who have last minute shopping to do, there are some wonderful gift ideas for all ages, in the local shops around the district. If hosting family and friends on Christmas Day and dining indoors, the Christmas table could be laid out the night before. A festive table cloth and Christmas decorations will add sparkle and a candle centrepiece will create atmosphere if dining at night. If dining alfresco, Christmas decorations will help set the mood and can be as simple as tossing tinsel over potted plants or hanging LED Christmas lights. Listing tasks to do and when each should be done can help if hosting a large group. Carrying out any food preparation that can be completed early will also take the pressure off on Christmas Day, allowing you more time to relax with the family. As we farewell the old year and see in a new one, custom requires Christmas decorations to be left up until after the 12th night (about the 5th January). If you miss that date, tradition requires they remain in place throughout the year though there is the opportunity to take them down after Candlemas around the 2nd February. It is also said to be bad luck to take the decorations down before New Year’s Eve. HALF PRICE DOUBLE GLAZING! Before After when you add aluminium windows & doors with Ultimate Design & Renovation. Have your new aluminium windows & doors installed now & pay nothing until December 2018 Conditions apply Christmas Goodies Galore Open every day until Christmas… including Sunday 24th December • Gift wrapping • Gift Vouchers • Hampers CALL TODAY FOR YOUR FREE NO OBLIGATION APPOINTMENT 03 349 8951 • office@udr.co.nz 8 Moncur Place, Addington www.ultimate-design.co.nz CHEAPAS 2yrs free gas bottle rental FASTAS Delivery within 24hrs of placing your order EASYAS A simple account form with no contracts attached to it LPG Drive Thru 37 Shands Road, Hornby @ needgas@kiwigas.co.nz 0800 166 619 www.kiwigas.co.nz Shop 15 Rolleston Square, Rolleston Phone 03 347 1068 robinsnest.2009@yahoo.co.nz Mon-Fri 9am-5pm & Sat 10am-2pm