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Selwyn Times: January 24, 2018

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6 32 Wednesday [Edition datE] January 24 2018 Latest Christchurch news at HOME PROFESSIONALS SELWYN TIMES Making your own compost Composting is easy and a great way to transform garden waste and kitchen scraps into nutrient rich material that can be spread around the garden. Whether you purchase a compost tumbler or bin, construct a wooden structure perhaps using recycled pallets or simply create a pile in an out of the way place in your garden, the exercise of making compost can involve as little or as much work as you desire. For best results, the object is to create layers of organic materials such as grass and pruned clippings, leaves and household scraps, sprinkling the odd thin layer of soil to help the compost along. Even a less scientific approach will produce reasonable mulch if left for a sufficient period of time to break down. Household waste that can be composted includes: kitchen scraps; coffee grinds; teabags; small amounts of dairy product; paper towels; Composting provides free mulch for your garden. A worm farm is ideal for composting kitchen scraps. shredded paper, newspaper or cardboard; cooked pasta and rice; dust; stale bread and cereal; nutshells; hair and pet fur; ash; and old wool or 100% cotton items. The following method can be used for making compost: 1. Layer pruned branches and twigs over the bottom of the compost area, directly onto the soil. 2. Distribute a layer of wet and dry organic materials and kitchen scraps over the branches and twigs. 4. Spread over an occasional layer of manure, blood and bone, or seaweed, adding lime if there is a large amount of acidic material like fruit scraps or pine needles. 5. Cover the compost with an old rug or blanket to retain the heat and water from time to time. 6. If using an enclosed container, it is good to turn the mix weekly. As kitchen scraps can attract vermin, it is better to compost these in an enclosed container or via a worm farm. The latter will provide a wonderful nutrient rich, liquid manure. Do not feed the worms peelings and scraps from onion, citrus, dairy products, garlic, greasy meat, fat, spicy food, processed foods like sauces and canned food, any green waste that has been sprayed with pesticides or weed killer, non-biodegradable items, or poisonous plants. Items such as meat, pet litter, seed heads, green waste that has been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides, and plants that could sprout, are also better not composted and instead put in the red bin. Composting household waste reduces pressure on landfill sites and is easy to make, providing you with lots of free mulch for your garden. Add the green matter and let the tiger worms do the rest. Wooden bins are ideal for composting. A compost bin can be made from recycled pallets. Sharon CroftS LandSCape d e S ign • Consultations • Design Concepts • Planting Plans P. 329 6229 M. 0274 311 558 LET’S GET GARDENING INTELLIGRO OFFERS: Expert gardening advice High quality products South-Hort growing mixes VIP rewards Buy in-store and online Handy delivery service For more information, check out our website: or visit our facebook page: 261 Manion Rd, Weedons | | Phone 03 347 9415 New garden centre open! Selwyn’s plant specialists Come in and see our new retail space. - Landscaping plants for all projects - Ornamental & Specimen trees - Canterbury’s largest range of natives - Hedging & Topiaries - Fruit & Nut plants Get great planting advice from our friendly team - Open 7 Days Corner SH1 & Robinsons Rd - 0800 800 352 - Paving, Irrigation, Lawns, Planting, Fences, Pergolas, Water-features, Outdoor fires, Raised Vege beds, Decks, Artificial grass & more... Call Aaron & the team today! Phone: 03 3474422 or 021542402 Email:

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday January 24 2018 33 Gardening gardening without guesswork Question: How can I stop my carrots from being all foliage and no carrot? Carrots can be a tricky one Answer: sometimes, firstly, make sure you are planting them directly into the garden as seeds. They hate being transplanted, and therefore growth can suffer because of this. The type of soil should be light and open to allow the roots to grow, this may be helped by adding compost. Veggie Garden Mix or Garden Mix are great options for growing in. Once they start to grow, thin any that are crowding the space of another carrot, as well as any small or scrawny ones. This will give your healthier, bigger plants more space to grow. If they are too close together, this will restrict their growth. As carrots are a root crop, they need a fertiliser that is suited to the growth needs of these types of plants. Superphosphate is great for theses, and other root crops. Water is also an important aspect of growing any type of vegetable. Make sure you establish a regular watering pattern, giving them a good soak every few days. For more information, check out our website: or visit our facebook page: Thanks to Angela 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 Monday 5th February 2018. crop rotation If the soil is very rich in nitrogen then the carrots will have plenty of leaves and small roots. If you sow carrots after a leafy crop such as brassicas or silver beet, it will help because these crops use up a lot of nitrogen in the soil, making it a better growing environment for your carrots. QuAlITy prOducTs FrOm ThE WEB TO ThE shEd! Looking ahead to february 9 Water – keep this up as much as you can 9 Dead-head roses and continue to check for any pests 9 Keep an eye on potted plants. As they have a limited area to draw water supply from, you will need to ensure you give them enough water so they don’t dry out and get stressed 9 Plant Spring bulbs – Freesias and Ranunculus are some of the varieties available in stores now 9 Keep harvesting your crops. Check them daily to get them before insects and birds 9 Prepare gardens for winter planting. Ensure there are plenty of nutrients available for when you plant out. Compost, Blood and Bone and Veggie Garden Mix are our big sellers for the preparation stage Waitangi Hours Saturday 3rd February 8am – 5pm Sunday 4th February 9am – 4pm Monday 5th February 8am – 5pm Tuesday 6th February CLOSED For more information,check out our website: or visit our facebook page: 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. Intelligro will be closed on Waitangi Day. If you are wanting to get out and about in the garden and need some of our great products, we will be open for you to collect these over the weekend prior, or on the Monday. Can’t get to us? We can deliver to your home on the morning of Saturday 3rd, or any time during opening hours on Monday 5th. We thank you for your understanding in us being closed to allow our staff to enjoy the public holiday too | 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 now bigger than ever 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