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Selwyn Times: August 15, 2018

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30 Wednesday August 15 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Gardening Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk Things to do before the end of the month • By Rachel Vogan WITH THE days slowly starting to lengthen it is comforting to know the last month of winter is drawing to a close. The early bulbs add so much magic to the garden at this time of year, along with birds actively foraging for food. This month, prioritise getting the last of the winter clean-up jobs done like pruning, mulching, cutting back, removing leaves, clearing gutters and spraying paths and driveways. Be ready for the upcoming invasion of weeds because, as soon as the soils start to warm up, any weed seeds that have been lying dormant will quickly germinate. So be ready with your garden gloves, weeding tools, hoes or spray to deal with them. Glasshouse clean up How is the inside of your glasshouse looking? Mine certainly needs some TLC. Make the most of this last cold month to give your indoor growing zone a clean out and tidy up. Remove any old plants and pull out any weeds. Over the previous growing season, it is likely the soil will be depleted of various nutrients. In preparation for the upcoming growing season, enrich the soil with compost or wellrotted manure now, then dig this mixture through into the existing ground. Vegetable fertiliser can be added at planting time. Next, water the soil to get the microbes working ready for planting. Wash down the glass and check that all the vents are working. Replace broken glass or panels now while the beds are empty. Tool kit checklist Before the upcoming flurry of action starts, take stock of your tools and implements now, fix broken handles on forks and spades, and make a list of what tools you may need to acquire. Discard any old sprays or canisters wisely. Now is an excellent time to get the lawnmower serviced and the blades sharpened too. Herbs The herb garden could do with a good haircut this month; cut back leggy oregano, straggly mint and top-heavy rosemary. Leafy perennial herbs like sorrel, salad burnet and fennel can be cut back to ground level to stimulate fresh new grunty greens. Mint responds well to a good short back and sides, plus a side dressing of fertiliser about now. Parsley, chervil, borage and coriander can all be planted out now too. Citrus Lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges and kumquats are all ripe for the picking now. Ripe fruit will hold on the tree for a couple of months and, as soon as it starts to become overripe, will fall from the tree. Add a layer of mulch to the base of the plants now and drench the plants with a seaweed tonic to give the plants a boost, hold off adding fertiliser until around Labour Weekend. Hydrangeas Prune back established plants now, you can remove anything from 30 per cent to 70 per cent of the length of the stem or limit the size to what works best for your garden. Cuttings can be taken now too from hydrangeas – merely insert the cutting into the moist potting mix, so at least half the stem is in the soil and wait patiently until about Christmas, when roots should have appeared. Vegetables Early seeds can be sown indoors. Kale, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, beetroot, lettuce, silverbeet and spinach are go-to crops for August planting. Aim to sow the seed thinly, so the germinating plants are not overcrowded as they grow. Last chance to get garlic seed in the grounds. Peas, both podding and the all-in-one snap peas (sugar snaps), can be sown outdoors now. Allow 5cm between each seed and cover the area with netting to prevent the birds from digging up the seeds. Dwarf peas do not need staking, however, the taller types do. It is almost Spring LET’S GET GARDENING let’s get ready for the growing season. Spring is just around the corner and before we know it the daylight hours will be longer. As the weather warms up and the sun shines a little brighter, we head into the best time of year for gardening. Preparation is vital as it sets the base for your plants to thrive. Giving them the best growing environment will help them to develop and reward you with beautiful blooms and a bountiful crop. Hang fire on planting the veggies! But what you can do is get prepared for when it is time to plant out. Raised beds can be refreshed, or filled if you are starting from scratch. Intelligro Veggie Garden Mix is ideal for raised beds as it is weed-free and comes pre-fertilised. If you want to boost what is already there, our Organic Compost is excellent. We also have a variety of fertilisers that will add those vital and necessary nutrients to help get a bumper crop. Refresh your garden beds. Add organic compost and sheep pellets to your garden to add a vital boost of organic matter. This will help to promote worm activity, and give the soil a freshen-up ready for any planting that is going to occur. If you already have plants in there you can add a fresh layer of bark mulch to the top too. If you are yet to plant, then hold off on adding the bark until you have done the planting. As the weather continues to improve, the list of things to do gets bigger and bigger. Stay tuned for more tips and ideas! INTELLIGRO OFFERS: ✓ Expert gardening advice ✓ High quality products ✓ South-Hort growing mixes ✓ VIP rewards ✓ Buy in-store and online ✓ Handy delivery service For more information, check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz 261 Manion Road, Weedons Access to Intelligro from Manion Road is now available from both the Weedons Ross Road end, and Curraghs Road entrances. www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday August 15 2018 31 Email emily.oconnell@starmedia.kiwi by 5pm each Wednesday Winter Family Storytime Monday, 6-7pm Warm up over winter with some enchanting storytelling in Rolleston. Rolleston Library, 94 Rolleston Drive Genealogy/Family History Groups – Darfield Wednesday and Saturday, 10am-noon, and the last Tuesday of the month, 7.30-10pm Go along to research your ancestry. It is interesting as well as fun and you may be surprised who you discover. Phone Bev Robb on 318 8315. Meeting Room 1A – Darfield Library, 1 South Tce, Selwyn Stitch ’n’ Bitch Wednesday, 6.30- 8.15pm Open to all who wish to attend. Phone Lisa Dudley on 021 060 6905, or Nicola Hay on 021 175 0536 for more information. Rolleston Library, 94 Rolleston Drive Hell Reading Challenge 2018 Wednesday Selwyn libraries will be running the Hell Reading Challenge until October 31. It’s very simple – children receive a stamp on their pizza wheel for each book they read, and once seven books have been read they can redeem their pizza wheel for a free 333 kids’ pizza at any Hell Pizza branch. You can pick up your pizza wheel at any Selwyn district library. Selwyn libraries Teen Artspace – Wearable Arts Wednesday at Leeston and Thursday at Darfield, 4-5.30pm, Tuesday at Darfield, 4.30-6pm Dreaming of becoming a fashion designer? Want to enter into the art couture wearable art contest in Selwyn later this year? Check out the teen programme series for wearable art at Leeston and Darfield Libraries to help design and create your masterpiece, with the aim of entering your piece in the contest. Leeston and Darfield libraries Time for Fun – Saturday Activities Saturday, 2-3pm Go to your local library on Saturday afternoon for some free fun. Most events are suitable for all ages but children younger than eight will require active adult supervision. Check www.selwynlibrary.co.nz for details. All Selwyn libraries Join an adventure through the baffling brain at Brain Bafflers on Monday, 3.30pm. How can one small organ be in charge of so many things? Join us in our one-hour session and meet Neut the Neuron and make a model of it to take home. Suitable for five to 10-year-olds. Children aged under eight require adult supervision. Bookings essential. To book and for more information, go to www.selwynlibraries.co.nz. Darfield Library, 1 South Tce. Patchwork Plus Every Monday, 10am-3pm Take along any craft you wish and have a chat. Phone Jill Percy on 324 2331 for information. Leeston Library, 19 Messines St JP Clinic – Rolleston Monday, noon-1pm A justice of the peace will be available to members of the community. Rolleston Library, 94 Rolleston Drive Rhyme Time Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, various times Rhyme Time is a fun, interactive session of stories, songs, rhyme and bubbles. Aimed at children under-18 months. All Selwyn libraries Storytime Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, various times Storytime is a fun interactive session of stories, activities and songs. Aimed at two to five-yearolds. All Selwyn Libraries Lego Club – Darfield Tuesday, 4-5pm Go and have some fun with Lego, led by experts from the House of Bricks. Term time only. Free, drop-in only, with limited spaces. No bookings taken. Ask at your local library for details. Recommended for primary school-aged children. Children under eight years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Email libraries@selwynlibraries.co.nz Darfield Library, 1 South Tce Markets: West Melton Market: Saturday, 9am-noon. St Paul’s Church: Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market: Saturday, 9.30am-12.30pm. 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. 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. ‘Famous for their roasts!’ SENIORS SPECIAL Two courses: $ 22 Soup/Roast or Roast/Dessert Special available lunch only Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm Conditions apply FAMILY FRIENDLY Kid’s Special Two courses Great Kids menu plus designated play area. $ 13 RESTAURANT & CAFÉ Open daily from 6.30am - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner The RACECOURSE HOTEL & Motorlodge 118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. 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