34 Wednesday July 4 2018 Gardening Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Top tips for planting over winter In the midst of winter, Rachel Vogan provides a few top growing tips COLD NIGHTS and clear days are good for the garden. Plus, the frosts that kill many insect and bug problems are generally followed by a sunny day, making clean-up and pruning tasks rather pleasant. Over the next few weeks pruning should be front of mind; a good winter clean-up now will pay dividends in the upcoming season. The basics of pruning and cutting back is to limit the size of the plant, which allows more light and air movement into the plant’s centre, and to always remove any damaged or diseased limbs. Don’t be afraid to use your loppers liberally. Another focus can be any trees, shrubs or roses that are in the wrong spot. These can be moved now, just remember to dig the new hole first or have any pots ready and waiting. Vegetables Parsnips should be on the menu now as a winter staple. Did you know that you do not need to harvest them all at once? Once they mature they can be left in the ground until mid-spring, saving you room in the fridge. This crop can only be grown from seed sown in October or November, while the soil is still cool. Keep planting garlic. Hunt out the fattest cloves you can find and aim to get them in the ground as soon as possible. Seedlings will appear in the shops soon as well. Spring onions, spinach, winter lettuce and mustard can all be transplanted into the ground now too. Crop cover Just like humans, parts of the garden like a little protection from the cold elements. Frost cloth is a good option to cover up tender citrus and climbers, and portable cloches and vegetable frames take the chill off the soil to speed up the growing process of many winter edible crops. Crop frames are easy to make from materials you may have at home. Net curtains work well when stretched between bamboo canes or if you have old windows about the place, prop these up on some bricks or slabs to offer protection. Water features At this time of year, algae can quickly build up in water gardens, mostly because of fallen leaves. Remove leaves as soon as they fall to help control the problem. Now is also a good time to empty ponds and features that are small enough to do so. Once empty, allow to fully dry out and treat the area with a pre-algae treatment, which you will find in the garden centres. In cold areas, float a ball in the water to prevent small ponds and features from freezing. Fruit trees Plant bare-rooted trees now. July and August are some of the best months of the year to plant deciduous fruit trees like apples, peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, plums and nectarines. They cope better with planting out as the plants are in a state of dormancy, limiting transplant shock, which can happen if planted in the warmer months. For gardens where space is limited, consider planting double or triple-grafted fruit trees, this not only saves space but allows you to enjoy a wider variety of harvest. Seeds, seeds and more seeds On those cold days when venturing outdoors isn’t an option, start thinking about what crops you want to grow in this upcoming season. All the seed catalogues are out now, and available online. It’s also a good time to stock up on seed-sowing essentials like seed-raising mix, seedling trays and labels, etc. A good idea is to share seeds with friends – often I find there are too many seeds for just my garden so passing around excess plants or seeds with others saves space and time, and makes it fun too. PATIOS - OUTDOOR AREAS - CAR PORTS Shadecraft is a locally owned company who specialise in shade and weather protection products to enhance your homes design and use of outdoor areas. SHADE SAILS – UMBRELLAS – ALL WEATHER CANOPIES ShadeCraft (SI) Ltd 0800 742332 • Cell 0274 981239 • www.shadecraft.co.nz 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 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 ISSN 2423-0219
SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday July 4 2018 35 Email email@example.com by 5pm each Wednesday Crafternoon – Craft & Chat Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2-3pm Come along to regular fortnightly, drop-in, craft sessions. Share and learn new skills, swap tips, improve your techniques and be inspired while crafting with others. Bring your own projects, materials and crafting kits. All ages and abilities welcome. All Selwyn libraries Rhyme Time – Lincoln Tuesday, 9.30-10am Rhymetime is a fun, interactive session of stories, songs, rhyme and bubbles. Aimed at children under-18 months. Lincoln Library, 22 Gerald St, Lincoln Storytime – Rolleston Tuesday, 10-10.30am Storytime is a fun interactive session of stories, activities and songs. Aimed at tow to five-yearolds. Rolleston Library, 94 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Rhyme Time – Rolleston Wednesday, 9.30-10am Rhymetime is a fun, interactive session of stories, songs, rhyme and bubbles. Aimed at children under-18 months. Rolleston Library, 94 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Genealogy/Family History Groups Wednesday and Saturday, 10am-noon, and last Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm-10pm For more information, call Bev Robb on 318 8315 Darfield Library and Service Centre, 1 South Tce, Darfield Time for Fun – Saturday Activities Saturday, 2-3pm Come to your local library on Saturday afternoon for some free fun. Most events are suitable for all ages but children younger than eight-years-old will require active adult supervision. Check www.selwynlibrary.co.nz/home for what is on at each library. All Selwyn libraries KidsFest – A World of Bricks Monday, 10-11.30am (Lincoln), and 1.30-3pm (Rolleston) Join the House of Bricks for sessions full of creative free play. With a huge variety of general bricks, technic, mini figures and friends-themed Lego, these activities are a must-do. Children aged under eight will require active adult supervision. A justice of the peace will be available to members of the community on Monday, noon-1pm, at the Rolleston Library, 94 Rolleston Drive. They can witness signatures and documents, certify document copies, hear oaths, declarations, affidavits or affirmations as well as sign citizenship, sponsorship or rates rebates applications. Lincoln Library, 22 Gerald St, Lincoln, and Rolleston Library, 94 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston 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 Running groups: Lincoln Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 5.30pm starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km. Starts at Lincoln University. Gold coin donation. Malvern Road Runners: Tuesday registration begins at 5.45pm and the first of the 6km runners leave 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. Solve the clues to find the mystery word. You could win a prize! Night at the Museum 6.00 to 8.00 pm 10, 12, 17 & 19 July Free event; donations appreciated www.canterburymuseum.com H ORNBY WORKINGMEN’S CLUB THIS WEEKEND IN THE WESTVIEW LOUNGE FAMILY FRIENDLY DINING OPEN EVERY DAY Club CAFÉ LUNCH & DINNER ‘Famous for their roasts!’ RESTAURANT & CAFÉ Cooked Breakfasts Check out our extensive breakfast menu from Continental to Cooked We are open from 6.30am Seniors SPECIAL Two courses $22 Soup/Roast or Roast/Dessert Special available lunch only Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm $19 School Holidays start this Friday! TREAT THE FAMILY! We are family friendly. Great Kids menu plus designated play area. Kid’s 2 course special $13 The RACECOURSE HOTEL & Motorlodge 118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 7150 www.racecoursehotel.co.nz FRIDAY 7PM: JO’S KARAOKE SATURDAY 4.30PM: ANDY GILMOUR SATURDAY 8PM: TH’ ART OF CHEESE The Hornby Club | ph 03 349 9026 17 Carmen Rd | Hornby www.hornbywmc.co.nz Members, guests & affiliates welcome JOIN US FOR THE FINAL IN THIS EXCITING SERIES OF CLUB CAFÉ $17 Chalmers Restaurant FRIDAY & SATURDAY CARVERY DINNER $22.50 OPEN FROM 5.30PM Early Bird Special FREE 5.30pm - 6.30PM DESSERT SUNDAY NIGHT BUFFET $27 EVERY SUNDAY FROM 5PM-8PM PERFECT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS & FAMILY EVENTS!