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Selwyn Times: March 14, 2018

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday March 14 2018 33 Gardening Local News Now Time to prepare your garden for winter Fire rages, homes at risk MARCH IS a busy month in the garden with the final harvesting of summer crops and preparation for your winter garden begins. After the ‘bizarre’ months of January and February’s weather e.g. extremely high temperatures, ‘rain bombs’ and cyclones in some areas, let’s hope March will bring more settled conditions for gardening, with milder temperatures and regular rainfall. The last of summer vegetable crops are ready to harvest. Do a general tidy up and remove any finished or diseased crops and weeds etc before you begin preparation of your winter garden. Soil plays an important part in growing healthy strong plants, so always prepare the soil that you will grow your vegetables in well. Enrich and aerate it by digging in plenty of compost a week or two before planting. Check drainage is adequate for the wet winter months and when planting out, rotate the site for your vegetables. By rotating where crops are planted, you can manage the soil nutrient balance. The benefit of crop rotation is that as one plant depletes the soil of certain nutrients (e.g. summer crop), the next plant will replenish the soil as it grows. PREPARATION: Soil plays an important part in growing healthy plants. Right – Feed in fertiliser and water well to have a lush, healthy lawn. Winter vegetables can now be Flowering annuals that flourish planted – either with young seedlings or by sowing seed directly mer are now nearing the end of in the heat and long days of sum- into the garden. their season. Vegetables such as beetroot, Some species will continue broccoli, brussells sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, lettuce, general, it is time to remove old flowering well into April, but in onions, radish, silver beet, spinach, swedes and turnips. Stag- sites for your winter displays. plants and thoroughly prepare ger your plantings so you have Winter flowering annuals are a steady supply over the season. a wonderful way to add colour Apply side dressings of fertiliser to the garden during the colder every four to six weeks throughout the growing period (depend- Some varieties are; aquilegias, months. ing on what you grow and how alyssum calendulas, cinerarias, often you water your garden) cornflowers, lobelias, nemesia, to help keep plants in optimum pansy, primulas, snapdragons, health. statice, stock, sweet william, wall flower and violas. Planting of bulbs should be completed by the end of the month in colder parts of New Zealand. Their blooms will be a welcome sight after a long dreary winter. Prepare the sites well for your new bulbs by adding compost and ensure there is enough drainage. Think about the final effect you want to achieve from your bulbs come spring, for instance, bulbs planted in clusters produce a more dramatic display. Bulbs to plant in March include anemone, daffodil, hyacinth, freesia, ranunculus, Ixia, lachenalia, sparaxis, tritonia, tulip and watsonias. It’s a great month for apples and pears with many varieties ripening. Gold queen peach (the last of the peaches to ripen) is mature on trees now. In early March, in warmer areas, passionfruit will be ripening – pick from the vines or collect off the ground as they turn purple. Stone fruit trees that have finished cropping can now be pruned to remove old and crowded branches, retaining wellspaced, new season growth for next year’s fruit. Once the weather has settled and regular autumn rains have arrived, the laying of new lawns and/or the renovation of existing lawns can begin. As with most tasks in the garden, preparation is the key to success. Always check the quality of the top soil you bring on to your property to avoid a new lawn full of seeds. Use bagged products for smaller spaces. One of the top tips for getting a superior year-round lawn is sowing a mixture of lawn seed. With existing lawns, feed with fertiliser and water it in well. Mow your lawn regularly to encourage strong, healthy grass growth. LANDSCAPING IN CANTERBURY FOR OVER 30 YEARS We design gardens DESIGN IT from a blank canvas and transform outdoor living areas into pleasing, relaxing spaces for the client to enjoy year after year. Our design skills extend also to large lifestyle properties, making the most of the extensive land to fit perfectly with the client's needs. At Evergreen Landscapes, BUILD IT our staff are specialists in their areas of expertise; we have experts in excavation, paving, building, irrigation, planting, maintenance. We offer a professional standard of service with friendly staff who understand the importance of starting and finishing jobs to a very high level. PLANT IT Evergreen Nursery is our large tree and shrub nursery that can supply all your garden needs. If you prefer, we can do the tasks of planting, composting and mulching with our skilled labour teams. We have planted out many reserves, parks, swales and street trees: we have years of experience in quality tree and shrub planting. WE DO: Decking Paving Driveways Irrigation WE HAVE: Tree Nursery Diggers Loaders Tip trucks EVERGREEN LANDSCAPES LTD 60 Ivey Road, Templeton, Christchurch Nursery Enquiries Ph 027 312 4406 Ph: 03 349 2929, Mob: 027 559 2929, E: design@egn.co.nz Open: Mon to Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm w w w . e g n . c o . n z Fencing Excavation Pizza Ovens Lawns Retaining walls Planter boxes Ponds WE SUPPLY: Design services Trees / shrubs Bark / soil Decorative stone Landscaping from Residential, to Lifestyle, to Commercial Sites Easter isn't too far away... and who doesn't like an extra excuse to have chocolate? 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