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Selwyn Times: February 28, 2018

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26 Wednesday [Edition datE] February 28 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi 2 SELWYN TIMES PETS & PAWS A natural rapport with animals Is your dog in need of a Wash or Groom? Mobile • Prompt • Caring • Reliable Jill Smolenski, a Jim’s Mobile Dog Wash and Groomer, is now working in Selwyn No Need to wait weeks for a booking! • Wash & Blow Dry • Clipping & Full Grooming • Nail Trimming CALL NOW TO SECURE YOUR APPOINTMENT! 0800 454 654 www.jimsdogwash.co.nz COZY CATS ON ELLESMERE Cattery • Small cattery, quality not quantity • Large warm spacious individual units • Outdoor enclosures • Lots of cuddles • Located 5 minutes from Lincoln, Prebbleton, Halswell, Tai Tapu and Greenpark Please contact Jan or Tony 322 6245 or 021 203 4710 Email: ton.jan@xtra.co.nz Ellesmere Rd Ladbrooks, Chch After 35 years working in horse breeding, Jill Smolenski made a life change, setting up a mobile dog grooming business. Her love of animals made it a natural progression and since starting Jim’s Dogwash, Jill has been extremely busy with many repeat bookings. “I feel I am able to relate well to dogs, helping settle the most nervous and I get to meet such lovely people.” Jill from Jim’s Dogwash is available to wash, blow dry and groom your dog. She will also take care of nail trimming, deshedding, clipping and scissoring. Jill’s fully equipped trailer has pressurised gas hot water. This is blended with shampoo for washing and then rinsed off with fresh water. She uses a high quality dryer and a hydraulic table for easy grooming, ensuring an efficient and professional groom. Her convenient mobile service covers central Selwyn and a little beyond, personally grooming dogs in their own environment. To arrange a time for Jill from Jim’s Dogwash to groom your dog call 021 545 517 or 0800 454 654. Pet Boarding dog grooming doggy daycare Dogs, Cats Rabbits, Guinea Pigs & Birds. 554 Jones Rd, Templeton P: 03 347 8835 E: bunnylodge@xtra.co.nz www.bunnylodge.co.nz Your dog will come home wagging his tail No need to feel guilty when going on holiday if you check your dog into Wagging Tails. This rural country retreat for dogs has a huge play area with large water trough, grasses, tunnels and play equipment. Sociable dogs might play all day while loner dogs have their very own outdoor time. The lovely air conditioned building has 12 kennels each with a 2.4 metre outdoor run (accessible day and night) while dogs from the same family can share a suite if preferred. “As a small boutique kennel we’re able to cater for each dog’s needs like giving them peanut butter on toast for breakfast if that’s what they have with their family,” explains Diane Chesmar. Wagging Tails serves quality dog food twice a day however, you are welcome to provide your dog’s own food if on a special Manufacturers of Fine Natural Pet Food 10kg Boxes Dog Mix Free flow portion cut $40 a box Full range of meat products for cats & dogs. Phone (03) 347 0626 Shop 4, 855 Jones Road, Rolleston (opposite Redpaths) Hours: Mon-Tue 9am-5pm, Wed-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 10am-1pm diet. A night’s stay ranges from $24 for small dogs to $28 for an extra-large dog. You will find Wagging Tails nearby on Telegraph Road near Burnham. To make a booking, call Diane on 0210 292 6588 or email dianechesmar@gmail.com, and check out their Facebook page: Wagging Tails NZ. You will need to book ahead especially for Christmas, as Wagging Tails has lots of repeat customers. Wagging Tails Country retreat & doggy daycare We are a small boutique country retreat for your special family member providing an enjoyable, fulfilling and stimulating rural boarding experience “Everyone Loves a Holiday in the country” Contact Diane on 0210 292 6588 Telegraph Road, near Burnham, 10mins from Rolleston Your local vet right here in the heart of Selwyn! Selwyn Vet Centre is a modern, purpose-built totally independent veterinary practice. Nick and Yolande Howell have a total of 43 years veterinary experience between them. How can we help your precious pet? Call us today! Phone: 03 347 7419 - Visit: 829 Jones Rd, Rolleston Email: info@selwynvet.com - Web: www.selwynvet.com

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday February 28 2018 27 Editorial supplied by Gardening www.gardener.kiwi Late summer greenhouse tips Keep productivity levels pumping by prioritising some key tasks. Diana Noonan reports 1. Water warning Don’t water and work among your plants at the same time. Late summer sees greenhouse plants struggling to support ripening fruit and masses of foliage. When you water, foliage becomes heavier, and plants lean in all directions, including over pathways. Foliage also becomes more fragile as it takes in moisture. If you’re working around your plants immediately after watering, you’re likely to knock off fruit and break stems, and the last thing you want this late in the season is damaged plant material that then becomes a site for disease to take hold. Water early in the morning and keep out of the greenhouse until the warmth of the day has dried the plants off. 2. Stress busters Plants have been in the ground for several months now, and are becoming exhausted from the task of producing and ripening fruit. This kind of stress is the open door through which pests and disease leap when given half a chance, so pamper your plants like never before. Water deeply to avoid soil drying out. Nourish plants with low nitrogen liquid feed (nitrogen at this stage in the season will only promote leaf growth at the expense of ripening fruit). Be more vigilant with ventilation to avoid heat stress. 4. Pick and pinch Plants have enough to contend with in late summer without having to support fruit that’s already mature. Harvest as soon as possible and take extra care to ensure you don’t damage stems as you pick. If you’re in a region where flowers or young green fruit just don’t have a chance of developing or reaching maturity, or even of growing to a size where it can be picked to ripen inside, nip out the no-hopers. Sacrificing them will make way for other fruit to mature more quickly. 5. Prune If your vines are tapping on the roof of the greenhouse, it’s time to nip out the centres. Excess height will only shade plants below. Besides which, at this stage, further flowers are unlikely to have time to produce fruit that will mature. Prune off dying lower foliage Urban to avoid Section it attracting disease. Urban Section BUMPER CROP: Don’t work around greenhouse plants heavy with water – you risk damaging them. Harvest as soon as possible and save your plants the work of further supporting fruit that is already mature. 6. Open those vents! Fungal diseases are synonymous with late summer. Encourage airflow by opening vents in the morning and leaving them partially open at night. When days are warm, leave the door open but remember to leave a netting covering over the gap – birds are as keen on ripening fruit as you are. 7. Out with the old, in with the new If a plant is failing at this late stage, don’t dilly-dally – whip it out of the ground. The space left behind will allow for better airflow or, if you have another plant to go in its place, top up the soil with fresh compost and animal manure (taking care not to disturb the roots of neighbouring plants) and pop it in. 8. Waste not, want not Blossom-end rot and tomato split are all late summer problems but they don’t spell the end of a fruit. Keep an eye on your harvest and pick any fruit with signs of early disease or imperfections. Washed and trimmed, they can be popped in the freezer until you have enough for processing into chutney or soup. 9. Keep supporting Your plants are tired. You may be too, but it’s more important than ever to keep vining growth well supported. Get out there with the ties before the plants bend over and snap or are weighed down and broken with the weight of fruit. 10. 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