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Selwyn Times: March 28, 2018

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32 Wednesday March 28 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Easter is here!• Good Easter Opening Hours Friday (30th March) CLOSED • Saturday 31st March 8am - 5pm • Sunday 1st April 9am - 4pm • Easter Monday (2nd April) CLOSED Organic Compost Add the Bark Intelligro’s Organic Compost is made on our site, blended from sustainable and natural products, with no green waste or soil added. We carefully monitor our process to create this product and take pride in the end result. Our Organic Compost is designed to improve the overall quality of your soil. It does this in a number of ways: ✓ Improves moisture retention, reducing water loss especially during the warmer weather ✓ Adds vital nutrients to the soil ✓ Improves and stabilizes pH ✓ Improves drainage and reduces erosion ✓ Conditions the soil to create a healthier growing environment ✓ Helps to create a more even soil temperature All of these things help to create the best growing environment for your plants. The great thing about compost is it will also work to remove any pollutants that are already in your garden – pretty clever really! Also, due to its organic properties, you can feel safe knowing that there is nothing harmful in this product. Once you have given your garden a good boost of nutrients with products such as our Organic Compost, Blood and Bone and fertiliser, you will want to add some bark in preparation for the winter. A good 10cm layer of bark will help to protect your plant’s roots from the cold weather, keep a more even soil temperature (which plants like) and it will aid in suppressing the weeds. Intelligro manufacture all their barks and mulches on site, they are carefully monitored for quality and then stored under our covered bins. Our friendly team are happy to help you work out how much you need, and what product best suits your area. Intelligro Hours Intelligro are happy to announce the following hours ALL YEAR ROUND! Monday to Saturday 8am – 5pm Sunday 9am – 4pm Public Holidays Labour Day 9am – 4pm Canterbury Anniversary Day 9am – 4pm Closed all other Public Holidays WE ARE OpEN ALL YEAR ROUND! Have you got a question about gardening? Send it through to enter our fortnightly Q&A draw for a $50 Intelligro voucher! All questions will be answered, and then entered into the draw to win the prize. The winner will also have their question published in the Selwyn Times the following week. For more information, check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz DON’T FORGET OUR ENTRANCE HAS CHANGED: 261 Manion Road, Weedons Access to Intelligro from Manion Road is now available from both the Weedons Ross Road end, and Curraghs Road entrances. Manion Road is the new road built between Weedons Ross Road & Jones Rd For more information www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415

ISSN 2423-0219 SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday March 28 2018 33 Gardening COLOUR: Select a sunny, well-drained spot for your sweet peas and use bamboo stakes to support them. 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 $7.90 incl. GST 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 Canterbury C Decking T H Retaining Decking Timber Wall Timber & Hardware Landscaping Retaining Wall Timber Timber Trellis Landscaping Timber Residential Trellis Fencing Poles Residential and Piles Fencing H3 Poles and and We are H4 Piles here Timber Dressed H3 and H4 Timber Timber Dressed Timber Visit us via our new entrance on Manion Rd now bigger than ever The magazine for gardeners who like to get their hands dirty SubScribe from $43. 50* *6 issues/6 months SUBSCRIPTIONS FREEPHONE 0800 77 77 10 www.gaRdeNER.kiwI • By Henri Ham IF YOU like a bit of colour and fragrance in your garden and your home, then look no further than sweet peas. These lovely flowers are super easy to grow, they smell great and they look lovely outdoors or in a vase. Some varieties include dwarf mixed, fragrant beauty and cut flower mixed. All smell lovely, but fragrant beauty has a stronger smell. And all can be grown for cut flowers, but the cut flower mix will produce more blooms on longer stems. Lastly, as you’d expect, the dwarf variety doesn’t grow as tall as the other two – it only grows to 30-40cm which makes it perfect for growing in borders, bedding and pots. The other two varieties grow to around 120-180cm and, like most sweet peas, need something like a wall or trellis to trail and climb over. When you’ve got your seedlings you need to find a place to plant. As mentioned, sweet peas grow well in pots – particularly the dwarf variety which don’t require staking and will cascade over the edge nicely. The other two varieties will also grow well in large pots. You’ll Urban just need Section to tie four or five bamboo stakes into a tee-pee shape to support the plants as they grow. And make sure you plant them in some good quality potting mix to really help them along their way. If you’re growing in the garden, all you need is a sunny, welldrained spot next to a wall or some sort of support structure. Add some netting, wire or light wooded frame for the flowers to climb up. Plant the seedlings about 20cm apart from each other. And don’t hold back. The more you plant, the more colour and fragrance Local News Now Sweet smelling sweet peas HOURS Mon-Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am -12pm Your Local Timber Merchant Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch jason@cthl.co.nz Jason Pester 1304 Main 03 3477465 South Road, Christchurch 03 3477032 jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 167 Manion Road, Rolleston jason@cthl.co.nz P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Urban Section HOURS Mon Fri: HOURS 7am 5pm Saturday: Mon - Fri: 8am- 7am - 12pm 5pm Saturday: 8am- 12pm Weedons Ross Rd Weedons Weedons Ross Ross Rd Rd to Rolleston to Rolleston We design gardens We are here We are from a blank canvas and here DESIGN IT 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. Berketts Rd Berketts Berketts Rd Rd Trents Rd Trents Trents Rd Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Main South Rd // SH1 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. 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 Fire rages, homes at risk PERFECT: Sweet peas also grow well in large pots. you’ll add to your garden and have for enjoying in your home. You can expect to your sweet peas to flower in around 10 to 12 weeks from planting. Remember to water but avoid over-head watering to prevent them getting powdery mildew. And, because they’re annual plants, pick off the flowers once they’re spent (this will encourage more flowering), and remove the whole plant when it’s stopped flowering. •More gardening, p34 LANDSCAPING IN CANTERBURY FOR OVER 30 YEARS WE DO: Decking Paving Driveways Irrigation WE HAVE: Tree Nursery Diggers Loaders Tip trucks 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