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Selwyn Times: March 28, 2018

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34 Wednesday March 28 2018 Latest Christchurch news at Gardening • By Henri Ham WHAT’S IN a name? I enjoy it when a plant has an interesting name or a name that makes complete sense for it. Love in a mist, carolina reaper and canterbury bells are just some of the plants which have, what I consider to be, intriguing names. But none of those names come close to the newest variety of lettuce seedlings – drunken woman (fringed head) lettuce. How on earth did it get that name? Obviously, I’ve done a quick google search, and I’ve also asked around, but I haven’t found a concrete answer yet. What I have found, is that it’s an incredibly popular variety of lettuce to have in the garden. Many people have said it’s their absolute must-grow variety because it’s easy to grow, tastes good (sweet rather than bitter) and, importantly, is slow to bolt. Drunken woman is an Italian heirloom variety of lettuce that produces attractive bright green leaves with ruffled (almost frizzy) edges in a deep bronze colour. The definition of what an heirloom variety is, is a hot topic of debate. But, generally it means that the plant variety is openpollinated and that the variety has been around for 50 or more years (some say it must be over 100 years). And what does openpollinated mean? This usually refers to seeds/plants that use the birds and bees to naturally pollinate and will ‘breed true’ – ie produce plants roughly identical to their parents. When it comes to planting drunken woman lettuce, just grow it like you would your other varieties. That is, plant it in well-drained soil in a sheltered spot and space each seedling around 20cm apart. In around four to eight weeks you can expect your lettuce to be ready to harvest. Like many other gardeners these days, I like to just pick the leaves I need from the outer edges and leave the plant growing in the garden. Oh, and don’t forget to watch out for slugs. SHELTER: Plant your lettuce seedlings 20cm apart. Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Drunken woman – a popular variety of lettuce Fire rages, homes at risk TASTE: Turn your drunken woman lettuce into a healthy salad. 20% TO 60% OFF ALL PLANTS* AUTUMN *While stocks last! WEEKDAYS 8:30–5PM MARCH 23 RD –APRIL 13 TH WWW.GREENLINC.CO.NZ Open Easter Monday! Closed Weekends.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday March 28 2018 35 Faringdon Summer Skate Jam Lincoln Wednesday, 3.30-5.30pm A great way to introduce children and young people to skating with free gear hire, music and coaching from experienced skaters from Cheapskates Skate Skool. Prizes up for grabs for a variety of age groups. This is a relaxed environment which allow participants to give it a go, cheer friends and family on and ease their way into skateboarding. Something for all abilities. There is a learn to skate aspect where participants can hire a skateboard or inline skates as well as safety gear for free and team up with one of Cheapskates Skate Skool friendly instructors and either get some free tips on the basic skills or a helping hand learning some new tricks. Event is free. For postponements, cancellations and more information go to summerinselwyn Lincoln Event Centre car park Castle Hill Easter Art Weekend Runs from Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm Presented by Castle Hill Creative. Art exhibition featuring a variety of artists in the village Email by 5pm each Wednesday community hall plus workshops for adults and children. All are original art works and will be available for purchase. The village and surrounding area will also host accompanying workshops in which visitors - both adults and children, can participate over the two days. Some of the workshops include a photographic trail (likely to be earlier morning for best light), ecological tour, author talk and kid creative crafts. Coffee and cake served and exhibition entry and workshop participation is by gold coin donation. Exhibition will have Eftpos available. For more information see Castle Hill Village, State Highway 73 Wings and Wheels Saturday, April 7, 9.30am Presented by Sheffield Volunteer Fire Brigade. Go along to the car and aircraft show. The day will feature fire safety kitchen displays and children’s evacuation tunnel along with other entertainment. The event supports the fire brigade and Malvern Order of St John. Tickets for adults cost $10 and families $25. Rain-off date is Sunday, April 8. 355 Kimberley Rd, Darfield Learn to prune fruit trees Sunday, April 8 10.30am Need to know how to prune fruit trees? Go along to a demonstration at the Springston Community Secret Garden and learn from expert Greg Quinn – and try out your new skills. Cost is a donation of $5 or more. For more information email Sue. Springston Secret Garden, back section of 387B Ellesmere Junction Rd, Springston Alpha Starts Tuesday, April 17, 7-9.15pm and runs weekly until Tuesday June 5 Do you have questions around the meaning of life? Join the Lincoln Union Church to explore life and faith in a relaxed atmosphere over coffee. Event is free. To find out more information go to or phone 027 352 7886 or 325 2257 The Old Manse, 126 East Belt, Lincoln. Markets: West Melton Market: Saturday, 9am-noon. St Paul’s Church. Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market: Saturday, 10am-1pm. Gerald St, Lincoln. Darfield Market: Saturday, 9am-1pm, opposite Challenge Darfield, South Tce. Edendale Car Boot Sale: Sunday, noon-3pm, Edendale Cafe, 888 Sandy Knolls Rd, West Melton Go along to the Easter Fun Market in Lincoln this weekend. Activities for the children include facepainting, ever popular Easter egg hunt, bouncy castle and games. Local craft stalls with genuine handcrafted gifts for the entire family – wooden crafts, clothing, art, jewellery and soaps. Or simply stock up on a selection of fresh spray-free produce, colourful flowers, plants, award-winning cheeses, wines and baking. The event is free and presented by the Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market. For more information go to lincolnmarket Running Groups The running groups aim to get like-minded members of the community fit and engaged with each other. All running groups have a handicapped start to cater for different abilities. Lincoln Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 5.30pm starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km. Starts at Lincoln University. Gold coin donations. Malvern Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 5.40pm starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km. Starts from Malvern Netball Centre. Ellesmere Road Runners: Wednesday registration from 5.45pm starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km walk or run. Starts from Leeston Physiotherapy. ‘Famous for their roasts!’ Kid's SPECIAL Two courses Seniors SPECIAL Two courses $13 We are family friendly. Great Kids menu plus designated play area. 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