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Selwyn Times: July 11, 2018

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36 Wednesday July 11 2018 Gardening Latest Christchurch news at Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk CONTRASTING COLOURS: Citrus production should be in full swing during winter. Winter flowering annuals such as primulas and azaleas should be blooming. Tasks to tackle the winter blues THE MIDDLE of winter is upon us; air and soil temperatures are low and prevailing winds make it a challenging time in the garden. However, it’s not all doom and gloom with the colourful appearance of blooming azaleas, camellias, daphne, early flowering rhododendrons and flowering cherries brightening any gardening blues. Flower and rose gardens Winter flowering annuals will be at their very best in July, with primulas, violas, pansies, calendulas and cineraria’s in full bloom. Regularly snip off finished flowers (deadheading) on these plants to encourage continual flowering. Your hydrangeas may be starting to look a little worse for wear. They grow very large and do require heavy pruning and thinning. Remove old wood completely as there will be ample new growth in spring. Make sure you cut just above a node as it is from here that spring growth will appear. If you have roses, complete your annual pruning, especially on bush or standards that produce flowers late into early winter such as Iceberg. Remove all dead and weak growth, clean out the GET CUTTING: Hydrangeas need heavy pruning and thinning. centre of plants and prune to outward facing buds. Add fresh compost to the soil around the rose plant, but do not fertilise until spring arrives. Vege patch In the vege patch, continue planting and harvesting broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflower, silverbeet and spinach. Where soil conditions allow, you can start preparing the soil for spring planting. In late July, chop up and dig in green manure crops like lupins or mustard. Spraying fruit trees In warmer, sheltered areas, citrus production should be in full swing, with clementine mandarins, lemons, limes and navel oranges all now maturing. Check your trees while picking fruit for any overcrowding or weak branches that should be removed. Check for any rootstock growth and prune where required. For colder climates, use frost cloths to protect frost-tender citrus. Give fruit trees a second winter clean up. Spray with a copper compound or lime sulphur to kill any overwintering fungal diseases. Berries Prune your blackberries, boysenberries, loganberries, or raspberries. Cut out all old canes and any weak spindly growth. New season strong canes should then be tied up on wires or fences to help support this summer’s crop. Finish your strawberry plantings this month. Purchase new plants or obtain young plants (runners) from the previous season strawberry plants. For the home garden, plant at least 20 strawberry plants to ensure plenty of fresh strawberries for the whole family. Canterbury C T H Timber & Hardware 200 x 50 T&G Retaining wall timber SuPER SPEciaL $ 7 20 LM 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 September 2016 | 100% It’s time to grow! New look and more content than ever! MeeT LeSTer Brice A Garden coach now bigger than ever The magazine for gardeners who like to get their hands dirty Plus, FREE delivery to Rolleston $7.90 incl. GST Save our roSeS How a rose register is protecting our heritage auckland Botanic GardenS Why we love our public grounds SubScribe from $43. 50* *6 issues/6 months Your Local Timber Merchant ISSN 2423-0219 We are here NEW ENTRANCE: 167 Manion Road, Rolleston Jason Pester P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 E Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Saturday: 8am-12pm SUBSCRIPTIONS FREEPHONE 0800 77 77 10 www.gaRdeNER.kiwI

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