July 2012

Did you know?

Silver beet is packed full of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, folate and lutein - an antioxidant which helps protect your eyesight from damage by UV light.


Bringing brussels sprouts to the table

Stuck for ideas on what to do with your brussels sprouts? Check out the Healthy Food Guide site for tips, recipes and inspiration for cooking with this mini brassica.



Burning question

The limes on my lime tree have turned yellow. What’s wrong with them?

All over the country the weather took a nasty turn for the colder during June. It sounds like your lime tree was hit by the frost. Cover it with a frost cloth to prevent further damage.

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July is a good
time to...

Prune the last of your fruit trees and roses. Divide your perennials. Cover your compost. Rake leaves. Plant a cover crop like mustard or lucerne. And deadhead your annuals - like polyanthus and primulas.

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Bunking down for winter

Like most gardeners at this time of the year, we’ve started to go into hibernation at the nursery. So, last month was a pretty quiet time for us. We did a bit of housekeeping like painting our shed and planted the first of our petunia seedlings for next season. And, for the first time at Awapuni Nurseries, we tried germinating garlic - with great results! The picture to the right shows the seedlings after just one week.

 

After a couple of weeks in our greenhouses the garlic will be ready for sale. Keep an eye out for this limited edition in your local supermarket, Bunnings, The Warehouse or at our online store.

Stay warm and happy gardening

Henri Ham
Awapuni Nurseries

     
     

Sweet and simple

Looking to add a bit of sweet serenity to your garden? How about the trusty Sweet William? Just like the name implies, Sweet Williams are charming little ornamental garden plants, producing flowers about the size of a 10 cent piece. And for just a little bit lovin', they'll give you a whole lot of floral fervour in return.

But if you think the flowers are a bit passe, think again. Proving they're right on trend, Sweet Williams were included in Kate Middleton's wedding bouquet. 

 

The great thing about Sweet Williams is you can generally just plant them, and then leave them to get on with the job of growing. To get them in the ground, dig a little hole and place the plant in it. Make sure it's a sunny spot - near the letterbox or in and around your rose garden is ideal. 

If you live in frosty parts, don't worry. Sweet Williams will hold their own on cool mornings. They can also tolerate over-head watering, and will thrive happily without any deadheading. Talk about easy going.

And if it's bees, birds and butterflies you're after, Sweet Williams will bring them buzzing, flying and flitting to your place.

To get your hands on our Sweet Williams, pop into your local Bunnings, The Warehouse or supermarket. Alternatively, head to our online store and have your seedlings delivered direct to your door.

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You can't beat
silverbeet

Silverbeet, you just can’t beat it for a good vegetable companion plant.

It’s full of vitamins, it grows well, it’s great for filling empty or tight spots in your garden, and it’s perfect for planting in pots too.

Planning on planting some winter brassicas like cauliflower and broccoli? Silverbeet does well in between rows of brassicas because it’s ready to harvest earlier and it grows tall rather than out.

 

The key to planting silverbeet is making sure your soil is well drained. If its a bit sluggish try building it up into mounds. Or, if you’re planning on planting it in a pot, which I highly recommend, use a good potting mix.

I particularly like growing coloured silverbeet in pots because it can add a bit of colour to your garden or entrances during winter. It’s well suited to pots because it’s not quite as frost hardy as regular silver beet and likes full sun. Plus you can put it in a spot that’s easy to get to without getting wet and cold!
Once you’ve decided what variety you’d like, get down to your local supermarket, Bunnings or The Warehouse and grab some of Awapuni Nurseries’ Traditional Value or Pop’n’Grow seedlings.

Alternatively, you can purchase our seedlings from our online store. If you order six or more items online we’ll also deliver for free to a non-rural address, or for just $4 to a rural address.
Both seedling ranges are grown with strong individual root systems. But Pop’n’Grow seedlings are perfect for beginners and kids, because they’re packaged in strong biodegradable pots that protect the roots, making them guaranteed to grow.

And, Traditional Value seedlings are perfect for the budget-conscious gardener because the seedlings are wrapped in recycled newspaper, so the value is in the plants and not the packaging.

Planting beet is easy. Dig a little hole and place the seedling inside. Whether you’re planting them in your garden or pots, simply space the seedlings around 20cm apart.

Lastly, watch out for snails and keep them away with some quash or our tried and true beer bait.

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Henri and Paul Ham, Awapuni Nurseries Ltd
Pioneer Highway PO Box 7075 Palmerston North 4443 NEW ZEALAND

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