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For every order made from now until the end of September, 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.



Kreative kids

Every parent probably remembers growing a big sunflower as a child. You probably still have a photo of yourself standing next to the giant plant. 

The reason sunflowers are so popular with kids is they are bright, fun to plant and grow quickly. The seeds are also big and easy to handle for small hands. 

And, September is the perfect month to start planting.  So pop down to your local garden centre, grab a packet of seeds and get the kids outside planting. 


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for instructions on how to plant them.

September is a good time to…

Make your own compost. While the weather is still a bit on the cool side, take advantage of this and create your own compost pile. A bit of effort and preparation now and your garden will positively bloom in the summer months.

If you have kids that come home from school with half-eaten sandwiches, and banana peels – then making your own compost is for you! Also, kids will have great fun catching worms for your compost. It’s fun and easy; just follow our instructions under our ‘Burning questions’ segment.

Composting improves soil structure and reduces the need for synthetic fertilisers. It also adds structure to your soil, improving drainage in winter and helping with water retention in summer.

For more information on how to create your own compost pile with food scraps, and grass clippings click here!



We have taken your feedback on board and decided that this month we’d give the ezine more of a kids feel. So, if you’re keen to get the kids off the couch these school holidays, check out Tod’s story on how to plant tomatoes and lettuces. And if you’re always getting asked tricky questions from your kids like, do carrots really help us to see in the dark? Then we have some of the answers. Lastly, you’ll also find our usual monthly culprit ‘September is a good time to…’

Remember, Tod Palenski, our resident gardening guru, is more than happy to answer any garden related questions you or your kids may have. Feel free to email it directly to Tod. Tod will then post the answer on Awapuni’s website in the ‘Better Gardens’ section.

Happy gardening!

Henri Ham


Grow kids’ interest in greens with gardening

Everyone I know struggles to get their kids to eat healthily, and battles constant demands for sugary roll-ups and potato chips. Then there’s entertaining them during the school holidays. Getting the little monsters away from video games and moving them outdoors seems like mission impossible at the best of times.

So this month, in an attempt to drag all minors into the fresh air and ‘grow’ an interest in keeping active and eating healthy, I’ll give you some tips on how to plant tomatoes and lettuce.Both are easy to grow, can be eaten straight from the garden and are great for bulking up kids’ sandwiches and introducing them to salads.

Some kids’ will balk at the idea of eating tomatoes. So one way I convinced my previously tomato-averse daughter to give the fruit a try was to decorate tomato stakes with Christmas tinsel and pink ribbons. Introducing them to the idea that tomatoes are a fruit, not a vegetable, could be another way.

So let’s get started.  Grab some of Awapuni Nurseries’ Traditional Value tomato and lettuce seedlings when you’re at your local supermarket, Warehouse or Bunnings store.”

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Tod Palenski – Awapuni Nurseries

Burning Questions

Do carrots really help you see in the dark?

According to certain nutritionists this is theoretically true. Carrots are rich in betacaritine, more commonly known as Vitamin A. Betacaritine is particularly good for night vision. You know when you walk into a room and you can’t see a thing, and then eventually your eyes become adjusted and you can see things? That’s the betacaritine helping out.

Unfortunately it has been discovered that overloading on carrots will not lead to x-ray vision – best to leave that to superman.

How do I find worms for our new compost pile?

Tiger worms are the best type of worms for your compost heap. They are easily identifiable due to their flat, striped body. A great way to gather these worms is to rip up some newspaper, wet it down, and then place it on your garden or lawn. This will help to draw the worms out of the ground. Leave the newspaper for an hour or so to work its magic.

When you return, lift the newspaper up, and gently pick up the worms that are now sitting on top of the garden lawn or soil. Once collected, you can then transport them to their new home in your compost pit.

The best time to go worm hunting is early on a damp morning when they are squirming around near the top of the soil, before the birds gobble them up for breakfast.

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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