August 2013

August is a good
time to...


Check for aphids on everything. Plant fruit trees and new season potatoes And add a little bit of colour by growing pansy, viola, stock, delphinium, lavender and lobelia seedlings.

Read on for more details...



Burning question

Something is eating all the plants in my vege garden. My pansies and polyanthus have also taken a battering. What do you think it is?

Birds. At this time of year there's no fruit around, limited seed on the grass in paddocks, and slim pickings for our flying friends. Birds will eat virtually anything they can get at in your garden during winter. Cover your plants with chicken wire, bird netting or try making a scarecrow.

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Double your money with Canterbury bells

Annuals, perennials and bi-annuals. If you’re a long-time gardener, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. But if you’re new to the planting scene you might still be a little confused about what these terms actually mean. So, before I extol the virtues of Canterbury bells, I’ll give you a little refresher on some key gardening terms.

Polyanthus, primulas and pansies are all annuals - they flower and survive for just one season. Annuals are perfect for adding some one-off colour to an area - particularly during winter.

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Divine delphiniums

Not sold on delphiniums? Check out this photograph by Nigel Burkitt for some divine delphinium inspiration.
Click on the photo to see more of the winning images from Britain's 2012 Royal Horticulture Society photography competition.
Plant your delphiniums now to recreate this dramatic effect come Christmas. And, visit here for Tod's tips on how to do it.




Plenty to plant this winter

If you're stuck for ideas on what to plant at this time of year, Tod has included plenty of top tips on what to grow during August in this edition of Cultivated News. Delphiniums, Canterbury bells, rainbow beet, Christmas lilies and more can be planted now. At the nursery, we've been working on getting our glasshouses at our new facility at Newbury, Palmerston North up and running. Here's a pic of the chive seedlings we're growing there.

Before I sign off from this month's newsletter, I'd like to thank you for continuing to subscribe to Cultivated News. Remember, if there's something you think we should be writing about it, or you'd like to know, flick us an email and let us know. To say thanks, we've put all our subscribers in the draw to win a year's supply of seedlings. We'll announce the winner next Cultivated News.

Happy gardening
Henri Ham
 

Buy up bulk at Awapuni

You can now buy some of your favourite Awapuni seedlings like pansies, stocks and silverbeet in bulk online and at selected supermarkets and Bunnings. Look out for the larger bundles at your local Awapuni stockist, or visit our online shop to see what's available. If your selected seedlings are available in bulk you'll have the option to add a bulk bundle to your cart.

 

Win a year's supply of seedlings

If you've received this newsletter to your inbox then you can sit back and relax because you're already in the draw to win a year's supply of seedlings.
Anyone who's subscribed to Cultivated News during August will be entered in the draw to win six seedling bundles (two each of herb, vege and flower) every month for a year - that's over 500 seedlings!

Got some keen gardening friends? Forward them this email and they can sign up to receive Cultivated News and enter the draw by clicking the subscribe button at the bottom of this email or by visiting our newsletter page. We'll contact the winner at the beginning of September and announce it in the next issue of Cultivated News. Good luck!


The pot at the end of the rainbow

When it comes to growing beet, or eating it for that matter, most people think of silver beet. But did you know there's a whole rainbow of different coloured beet out there called, wait for it...rainbow beet?

What's interesting about coloured beet is every colour has a slightly different flavour - all a little milder than your standard silver beet.

I like to plant my rainbow beet in pots for three reasons. Firstly, it's a little less frost hardy than silver beet and a big fan of the sun, so by planting in pots I can move it around to find the perfect conditions. Secondly, it grows really well in pots. And finally, all the different colours look fantastic potted together!

Coloured beet is also a really good plant for beginner gardeners or kids to tackle. It doesn't require a lot of maintenance, it's quick to mature, it's packed full of nutrients, and the different shades will make it a novelty on the dinner table.

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Plant lilies now for Christmas

If you're a fan of filling the house with the scent of lilies come Christmas time, then now's the time to plant. Grab some new season bulbs from your local garden centre and prepare to plant as soon possible to prevent the roots drying out. You can plant lilies in pots or beds, it really just depends on what you prefer or have available.

When you've found a suitable spot, mix in some compost and some blood and bone. Then plant the bulbs around 10 to 15cm apart - this will ensure they have room to form clumps, which can be divided and replanted in a few years time if you need to. Your lilies should flower towards the end of the year. If you're going to cut flowers try to leave around one-third of the stem on the bulb. This will ensure the plant still has enough growth and foliage to survive having its flowers picked.

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

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