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Selwyn Times: February 14, 2018

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28 Wednesday February 14 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES Gardening Don’t let the heat impact your plants ALTHOUGH WE delight in the summer heat and sunshine, February can be a challenging month for your garden. The extreme weather, such as high temperatures, strong winds and minimal rainfall can have a big impact. However, it’s an important time for harvesting in the home orchard and vegetable garden so there is plenty to do. Keep harvesting those delicious summer vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet corn, beans, lettuce, capsicum, aubergines and cucumbers. Water plants regularly to ensure even ripening, and mulch with compost. Snip off dead or dying growth and remove any plants that are diseased; especially those with blight, which, unfortunately, cannot be treated once it takes hold, and will quickly kill crops like tomatoes. Remove any vegetable plants that have cropped and finished for the season to provide room for winter vegetables that can be planted towards the end of the month, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbages and cauliflower, which will mature in early winter. Although it can be a tedious task, keep dead-heading summer flowering annuals in posts or the garden to encourage the last blooms of the season. It’s also time to plan for autumn/winter flowering displays. Begin sowing seeds of winter annuals like alyssum, calendulas, primulas, nemesias, pansies, polyanthus, stock, violas and wallflowers. These “potted colour” varieties will brighten up containers or parts of the garden that need a bit of colour during winter. Late season peaches and plums are now maturing. After crops are finished, future-proof with a light summer prune and thin out old growth. Reduce the height of trees to allow for easy picking next season. Make sure all fruit trees are well mulched to help retain soil moisture levels and reduce weed growth. They can be fertilised from mid-February as rain begins to arrive. Mid to late summer is a tough time for roses. However, if well cared for, they will continue blooming well into autumn, especially the hardy ‘iceberg’ variety. Dead head plants regularly, ensure they have plenty of water PLANNING AHEAD: Late February is the beginning of the bulb planting season, get them in now for spring colour. Also remove any vegetable plants that have cropped and finished for the season. and apply mulch. As temperatures begin to reduce, begin applying fertiliser at four to six weekly intervals. Lawns tend to suffer this month. They often appear very dry with brown patches and the ground can have quite alarming cracks in places. Where water is readily available (and not too expensive), irrigate regularly in the cooler parts of the day. Although tempting to start now, keep any major renovation or repair work until autumn. Late February is the beginning of the bulb planting season so start thinking about varieties you would like to grow. These include anemones, crocus, daffodils, freesias, hyacinth, iris, jonquil, Ixia, lachenalias, muscari, nerines, ranunculus, tulips and watsonias. Prepare the soil thoroughly before planting by adding in compost to the existing soil. Bulbs thrive in an open, sunny position where the soil is friable and well-drained. Plant them in clumps to provide an attractive display. Urban Urban Fruit Your fruit trees will be needing a prune now. This will allow more space for light to get onto your ripening fruit, as well as getting better airflow around the plant to reduce diseases spreading. Strawberries are great, not only do they taste amazing but the more you pick them the more they will grow! To keep them in good health, remove any laterals or old leaves that look unhealthy. They will love a feed of fertiliser too. Veggies Tomato plants will benefit from an even, regular watering. If you haven’t done so already, remove any laterals. These are the long side-ways growing branches. Your potatoes will need to be treated for blight and psyllid, and kept weed-free. Silver beet, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and lettuce can continue to be planted out now as the soil temperatures drop. For more information,check out our website: or visit our facebook page: Fantastic Fruit & Veggies 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. THIS WEEK’S TOP TIP! Have you got a heavy clay soil? Clay Breaker is an excellent product that will help to break down the clay, without you having to break your back. 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