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For every order made from now until the end of March, Awapuni Nurseries will throw in one free bundle of
Pop’n’Grow polyanthus - containing 9 plants.
We’ll also throw in an information sheet on how to get the best and brightest polyanthus.
To see the entire range of seedlings available at Awapuni Nurseries click here and have a browse around our plant shop

Beautiful bulbs

For spring flowering bulbs to light up your garden, you can't go past the huge range offered by NZ Bulbs. Located in Feilding, not far from us, they have an extensive range of spring flowering bulbs available for ordering right now.
From daffodils and tulips through to crocuses, hyacinths, irises and many special bulbs - there's a bulb to suit every garden.
All their bulbs are grown right here in New Zealand, and have a fantastic size and quality.
Visit their website and shop online at www.nzbulbs.co.nz.

Start now for colour in cooler months

MARCH 2008

With autumn approaching you don’t have to resign yourself to a drab, dull garden when the cooler weather arrives.
“Hanging baskets planted with winter flowers will brighten up your garden in the colder months,” says Awapuni gardening guru, Tod Palenski. “You could even get the kids involved for a fun Easter or weekend project.
”Tod says getting children involved in gardening from an early age is a great way to teach them about a whole range of topics. “Nurturing plants helps kids learn about the wonders of nature. You can also use plants to teach very young children about colours and numbers.”
Choosing your hanging basket will depend on the style of your garden. A coconut fibre basket looks great in natural gardens, while wire baskets give a cottage feel. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even use an old colander.
Click here to read more.

Drought proof gardening

If your garden is suffering through a long, hot summer, it’s time to think about drought-proofing. Tod says the best way to deal with droughts is to choose appropriate plants and design gardens that are sensitive to the environment. Here are some tips to keep your garden green, even in a hose-pipe ban:

Apply a generous layer of mulch to suppresses weeds and stop the soil drying out. It can cut down watering by about 50 percent because it keeps the soil moist.

Feed plants regularly to keep them strong and healthy with organic fertiliser and compost to improve soil structure and help hold water.

Consider creating shelter from direct sunlight using trees, hedges, or walls.

Collect rain water from down spouts and gutters. Even ‘grey water’ from washing machines, showers and dish washing can be a lifesaver for your garden.

Water plants at the base thoroughly and infrequently, so that water reaches the roots. Roots will then go down to search for water, making plants stronger.

Adding organic fertiliser and compost to the soil improves soil structure and also helps its water holding capacity.

So if you’re suffering from over-heated garden syndrome, follow Tod’s tips and plant drought tolerant plants that beat the heat and water restrictions.

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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