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Selwyn Times: August 08, 2018

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30 Wednesday August 8 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES JONES ROAD ROLLESTON Electrical expertise in demand for new builds The increasing rate of residential development in Rolleston has seen many new residents calling on the services of the experts at Laser Electrical as their homes are built. The placement of lighting, electric sockets, and heating and cooling appliances is a key aspect of any new home design, and that’s where Laser Electrical’s knowledge and experience comes to the fore. They will discuss your ideas with you and advise on the most appropriate installation sites around the home. Many of today’s home owners want the convenience of an internal vacuum system, as well as the latest in home theatre and entertainment systems and telecommunications equipment – all areas where Laser Electrical are up to date with the latest technology and design trends. Not only can they offer advice on all these products, their skilled tradespeople will undertake the wiring and installation. Timers can be fitted to your heating appliances so they turn on when you want them to, allowing you to arrive home to a warm house. They can also set up remote control by linking your home security system and heating to your mobile phone. Laser Electrical and their neighbours Laser Plumbing are conveniently located in their landmark building across the railway lines in Rolleston. Locally owned and operated, Laser Electrical is linked to the nationwide Laser operation, giving their customers access to a wide range of quality electrical products. Located at 831 Jones Road, phone 0800 527 3748. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am-5pm, with the team on call 24/7. Email: Rolleston@ laserelectrical.co.nz or visit: www.laserelectrical.co.nz Mon-Fri 6.45am-6pm Sat 8am-12 noon (WOFs only) 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! Jones Road Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Courtesy Cars › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 347 4020 851 Jones Rd, Rolleston www.jonesroadauto.co.nz F45 Training rollesTon F45 Training rollesTon 854 Jones Road, Rolleston www.f45training.co.nz/rolleston F45 Training Rolleston Team training, life changing If you are looking for that extra push in your training or wanting to try something new then F45 is for you! • 45 minute sessions • Functional movements • A different workout everyday! FREE 2-week trial Download the F45 Training App to secure yours today Is your vehicle not running to it’s full potential? Is it lacking power or blowing black smoke? Diesel Fix can give you a no Fuss assessment • Specialist in fuel injection and efi injector repairs • Diesel and Petrol Injectors repairs • Diesel injection pump repairs • Large selection of service exchange pumps and injectors available • Vehicle scanning and diagnostic • Compression testing DIESEL FIX DIESEL SPECIALISTS Mon to Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm 821 Jones Road, Rolleston Phone 0274 368 154 or 03 3477108

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday August 8 2018 31 Gardening • By Henri Ham ARE YOU keen to get going on your spring planting but know its slightly too early to do so? How about sorting out some hanging baskets that will erupt in flowers before you’ve even planted your first tomatoes. Hanging baskets are a great way to liven up any area, whether it’s a large or small space. Suspend them in entrance ways, under verandas, decks and patios. And what’s really great about baskets is they are super easy to assemble. Grab a basket, many come with a fitted coconut liner but if not get some sphagnum moss to line it with. Baskets come in wide wire frames, more compact versions of wicker style or solid conical shapes. Whatever you choose I recommend getting a basket/s at least approx 30cm in diameter. Solid baskets have the benefit of not drying out as quickly. But they don’t allow for you to cascade plants around the sides and base of the basket. Wire ones have a real cottage garden feel. Coconut liners are solid and ideal for wire baskets with bigger gaps. Using sphagnum moss wouldn’t work on a wire basket as the moss would fall through the gaps. Some baskets come with a self- HANGING AROUND: Give your baskets plenty of colour variety. watering reservoir which might save you watering for a few days in summer. I like to place an old saucer at the bottom of the basket which acts as a water catcher and helps the basket to retain its moisture. When assembling your basket, first soak the liner in a bucket of water for five minutes to really help its hydration. Line your basket with the coconut or moss liner. Then fill it almost to the top with lightweight potting soil mix and compost. An easy trick here is to balance your round basket on an old bucket so it stays flat while you are assembling it. If you want to get fancy try DID YOU grow up in a house where parsley was the go-to garnish for classing up platters? Do you remember loading it into white cheese sauce or sprinkling it on your eggs? Parsley was, and remains, a favourite herb in many Kiwi kitchens. And it’s not surprising when you think about how hugely versatile a herb it is. Almost any boiled vegetable can be topped with parsley (and butter in our house). Appetisers, whether they’re fish, hummus or cheese-based, can all mixing in some water gel crystals. They retain water in the summer months and help if you miss a day or two of watering. And now for your plants. Choose a vibrant hanging basket mix which features a range of suitable, seasonal flowers. Some favourites include lobelia, pansy, English daisy, dwarf antirrhinum, viola and primula. Although this does change with the seasons. Try adding plants in the middle that pack a bit of height. Dwarf antirrhinum (also known as dwarf snapdragons) are perfect for this. Or looking for something a bit more practical and close to kitchen? Add some parsley or basil in the middle and keep your cascading flowers on the edges. Wondering how many to add to one basket? If it’s 30cm across three to five plants is suitable. Slightly wider and you could easily fit seven. I like a really full basket right from the start so I really pack them in. Once established hanging baskets require little maintenance other than regular watering – especially during the hot summer months. But right now they won’t need a lot of water. So, stop waiting for spring to arrive to get back out into your gardens. Spring to it now and plant some baskets. Easy to grow parsley has many uses in the kitchen • By Henri Ham benefit from a sprinkling of parsley. Find yourself short on basil for your pesto? Just use parsley instead. The list of uses for parsley in the kitchen are endless. I like to have both flat leaf parsley (sometimes called Italian parsley) and curly parsley on hand in my vege garden. Generally the flat leaf (left) is the stronger variant. Although this can change depending on how old your plant is and how much sun it gets. People often find it super easy to grow and once established parsley requires little maintenance. Parsley likes rich fertile soil topped with compost or manure if available. Plant it in a sunny spot or in pots close to the kitchen. Once established, it doesn’t need a heap of watering. If any flowers appear and it starts looking like it’s going to seed, I quickly cut these out and it will continue to reward. Because it grows so easily I sometimes find myself with an abundance of parsley. After I’ve given some away and frozen some more I like to use it in some parsley-concentrated recipes – particularly salsa verde Local News Now Hanging baskets – spring into them now EASY: Once established hanging baskets require little maintenance other than watering. Fire rages, homes at risk and tabbouleh. Salsa verde is a cold uncooked Italian herb-based sauce. It is ideal for ladling on steak, fish or fresh sourdough bread. Salsa verde combines handfuls of chopped parsley, garlic, oil, vinegar and seasoning. It keeps well in the fridge for a few months so perfect for the summer barbecue season. You’ll find many variations of both these recipes by searching online. Simply choose one that fits with what ingredients you have readily available at the time. PATIOS - OUTDOOR AREAS - CAR PORTS Lifestyle fencing now sold at canterbury timber and Hardware please call in for your free quote today! new product Shadecraft is a locally owned company who specialise in shade and weather protection products to enhance your homes design and use of outdoor areas. 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