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For every order made from now until the end of August, Awapuni Nurseries will throw in a free Traditional Value range spinach bundle containing nine plants.

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

Tyred of old garden accessories?

Gardeners have been using second-hand household objects as garden ornaments for years. Take the old punctured spare tyre for example; cut in half it can be transformed into a home fit for bunches of colourful pansies or various herbs.

Your new planter can be delicately placed on the front porch or hung from the karaka tree out the back.

Let your imagination take over. How about a pair of old work boots? An old toilet with perennials growing in the tank and a bird bath in the bowl? An upturned umbrella perhaps?

If you’re still having difficulty deciding whether or not to plant in or around an object, follow this rule of thumb: If it isn’t made of anything toxic, and you can drill holes in it – then it’s a potential planter!

Give stodgy winter food the boot

Spring is on the way! Warmer weather will be here before we know it and salads will begin to replace winter’s comfort food.

So this month’s article will focus on growing, and making a delicious Thai style salad using pak choi, onions and carrots. All three vegetables are easy to plant and maintain - perfect for those with little time but who enjoy eating homegrown food.

Pak choi is a great alternative to cabbage or lettuce in salads, onions will spice up your cooking, carrots are an excellent source of antioxidants (not to mention they help us see in the dark!) and all are perfect for planting during August.

Plus, priced around $3.29 for bundles of 20 or nine seedlings, Awapuni Nurseries’ pukekohe long keeper onions and pak choi are also a bargain!

Awapuni Nurseries’ Traditional Value range of seedlings is available from your local supermarket, Warehouse or Bunnings’ store. While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up some carrot seeds.

Click here to read more. Tod Palenski – Awapuni Nurseries

August is a good time to…

Start getting ready for spring and begin preparing your garden for the warmer months. You can do this by adding rich compost to the soil where you intend to plant. For a dash of colour, why not brighten up your garden with pansies, violas and carnations. You may even like to try growing your seedlings using one of our creative planter ideas?

Make sure the soil is well drained, and in a sunny to shady location. Mound the soil and raise the bed a few inches to ensure good drainage. Plant each seedling approximately eight to 10cm apart. Planting them closer together makes the bed look fuller, but spacing them out a bit aids in soil circulation and the overall health of the flower.

August is also the perfect month to prune your roses in preparation for spring. To produce large flowers you should prune during winter when roses are dormant. However, leaving pruning until August also protects roses against frost damage.

Start by taking a pair of hand secateurs and removing the old, unproductive wood from the plant. These are normally the scraggly looking branches. Make a 45° cut in the branch, sloping inwards towards the centre of the main plant. Once the dead branches have been removed, your rose should resemble a ‘V’ shape with only four to six healthy main branches remaining.

Once pruned back, spray them with liquid copper mixed with some seasoned oil. This prevents fungal diseases and insects such as scale attacking your roses as the weather begins to
warm up.

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

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