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For every order made from now until the end of April, Awapuni Nurseries will throw in a free container of Pop’n’Grow Pansy Dynamite Purple, containing four plants per bundle.

To see the entire range of seedlings available at Awapuni Nurseries click here and have a browse around our plant shop.

Wet weather projects


School holidays are almost over but it’s inevitable there will still be a few rainy days during the break. Keep the kids/grandkids occupied and avoid cabin fever with fun indoor gardening activities.

Painting and planting terracotta pots is a fun activity even pre-school children can enjoy it, with a little help from an adult. All you need is a good supply of 10cm diameter terracotta pots, bright and colourful flower seedlings, and some paints that won’t wash off.

Click here to read Tod’s tips.

 

APRIL 2009

  Get crafty with homegrown pansies

Once the domain of retired folk and pre-schoolers, crafts are officially cool again. Knitting, screen printing and cake decorating are now popular pastimes for a vast range of people. To get your own creative juices flowing, head out into your garden – the humble pansy is perfect for a variety of crafty projects.

Pansies are popular bedding plants because they’re easy to grow and add great bursts of colour to winter gardens, says Awapuni gardening guru, Tod Palenski.

“If you start planting seedlings now you’ll have gorgeous flowers for craft projects in no time. Just decide which colour scheme you’d like and get planting. Awapuni has the full spectrum of colours, from blues to yellows to reds, as well as mixed colour varieties.”

Choose a spot in the garden that receives morning sun and drains well, and spend some time enriching your soil.
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April is a good time to…
As the cooler weather starts to set in, now is the time to think about protecting plants from rain and frost, and getting those winter brassicas in the ground.

Get mulching. Snail and slugs love the cooler Autumn weather, but find it hard to cross the rough terrain of bark mulch. Pea straw is also great for mulch and protects plants from the cold.

Move pots. As frosts creep in, tender plants in pots should be moved to more protected spots.

Add compost. All soil benefits from a good dose of organic compost. Make your own mulch with fallen leaves and dig into soil.

Veg out. Seedlings of broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, leeks, lettuce, silverbeet and spinach can all be planted this month. Harvest pumpkins, potatoes and onions, and store in a cool dry place.

Create your own. Collect garden waste – spent flowers, fallen leaves, grass clippings – and make your own organic compost.

Buy boots. Invest in some bright and funky gumboots (like these from Bootylicious www.bootylicious.co.nz
motivate you to get out into the
garden even if the sun isn’t shining!

Henri and Paul Ham, Awapuni Nurseries Ltd
Pioneer Highway PO Box 7075 Palmerston North NEW ZEALAND
Phone: 64 6 354-8828 Fax: 64 6 354-8857
Web: www.awapuni.co.nz

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