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Selwyn Times: February 21, 2018

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32 Wednesday February 21 2018 Gardening Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES gardening without guesswork Question: Answer: It sure is! Just be sure that you choose the right variety – these will be quick maturing ones like Jersey Benne, Rocket and Cliffs Kidney. They will grow and produce potatoes in 60-90 days, which would crop in time before the frosts start to kick in. Make sure that the ground is well dug over with Organic Compost, and add some super phosphate in there as well. This helps to encourage root development. For more information, check out our website: or visit our facebook page: Thanks to Victoria for her question Is it okay to plant potatoes ready for winter now? Or what soil prep should we be doing? 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 Tuesday 27th February 2018. Disease Potatoes can get infected with disease, of which blight is one of the majors. You will notice leaf spots, and then it spreads to the stems and tubers. This disease is most common in humid weather, especially if we have warm days that turn into cool nights. Keep an eye on this, and treat as soon as you notice it. There are great sprays out there that will help protect your plant, so head to your local garden centre and ask their helpful team. QualITy prODucTs FrOm ThE WEB TO ThE shED! now bigger than ever 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 Late-Summer Veggie Care With the warm weather no doubt your veggies are in abundance. Make sure you are harvesting them as soon as they are ready so the birds and bugs don’t attack them. Also, with most veggies, picking the produce will encourage new growth – awesome! Cut off lower laterals on tomatoes and remove older leaves on pumpkins and courgettes to help ripen fruit and improve ventilation. Placing pumpkins on wood or another material and keeping them off the ground will prevent soil damage from occurring on your upcoming harvest. Looking forward to autumn planting When planting or sowing any new plants or veges, ensure you prepare the soil and plant with the necessary nutrients to help the growing process. Whether you are starting from seed, or planting out seedlings, our Seed Raising Mix, Veggie Garden Mix, and Patio Plus are specially formulated for this job. For existing garden beds that need a freshen up, add in Organic Compost and dig it through. SUBSCRIPTIONS FREEPHONE 0800 77 77 10 www.gaRdENER.kIwI 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. | Phone 03 347 9415

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