June 2013

June is a good
time to...

Fertilise your soil. Prune and tidy up climbing roses. Cut back herbaceous perennials. Check cauliflowers for frost and watch out for slugs.

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Burning question

Last year after I pruned my roses and trees they got dieback. How can I prevent it happening this year?

Dieback happens when you prune your roses and it rains on the same day Ė causing them to get wet. The plants die back from the point where they were pruned. To prevent dieback on your pruned roses and trees, spray with a copper spray on the same day you prune.

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Prune in June

Depending on where you live, late June to mid August is the time to prune your roses. Not sure how to do it? Click here to have a crack with Tod's instructions or, better still, check out a live rose pruning demonstration. The New Zealand Rose Society is hosting rose pruning demonstrations all over the country in the next couple of months.

Turning the tables

A few months ago we showcased in Cultivated News a bottle cooler picnic table, which we thought was pretty cool Ė excuse the pun. If you liked that idea, you might also like this succulent table. Check out the Far Out Flora blog for step-by-step instructions.

Bulk orders now available

A couple of months ago we ran a survey asking questions about your seedling buying habits. The results show a clear trend. You want more seedlings per bundle for some varieties of plants. We really appreciate the feedback and have taken it on board. You can now buy from our online shop some of your favourite annuals, like cornflowers, carnations, pansies and more, in bundles of 25 for just $8. You can also get 20 strawberry seedlings for $12. The survey also shows you want less seedlings per bundle for some varieties of plants Ė particularly herbs. Weíre working on this one and will be in touch when we have an announcement.

In other nursery news, weíve been flat out cutting the first papers for next seasonís plant packaging. Check out our facebook page for a video of this.

Happy gardening
Henri Ham
Awapuni Nurseries

Garlic Ė the guardian of the garden

We all know garlic wards off vampires, but did you know it also keeps away aphids, apple scab, leaf-curl and mosquitoes?

Crush a few cloves, soak in a litre of water for a couple of days and use as a spray to keep at bay ants, spiders, caterpillars and cabbage and tomato worms too.

And, did you also know, itís said to provide many health benefits Iím not qualified to list?

To put it simply, garlicís right up there with marigolds as the companion plant every garden should have.

And this month, around the shortest day of the year Ė 21 June, is the time to plant it.

Alternatively, head to our online store and get your garlic delivered direct to your door.

Look for a well-drained spot Ė pots, hanging baskets or any available space in your raised garden will suit.

If youíre growing it for itís guardian capabilities, plant it next to your roses to ward off aphids, beneath apple and peach trees to prevent apple scab and leaf-curl, and next to your tomatoes to protect against red spider.

Plant single cloves twice the depth of the actual clove, compost over the top and donít fill in with soil.

Then harvest on the longest day of the year Ė 21 December. Itís as easy as that.

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Polyanthus pack a punch in winter gardens

Thereís no argument winter gardens donít have the same degree of colour as spring ones. But thereís also no reason you canít have colour in your garden during the cooler months. Plants like polyanthus and pansies can all pack a colour punch at this time of year.

Polyanthus come in a range of hues like pink, blue and red and look great in hanging baskets or borders.

Iím a fan of growing this pretty plant in pots so I can move the colour around my courtyard and garden as the mood takes me. As long as you keep in mind the sun loving nature of polyanthus, you can grow them anywhere you like. They also look good planted around your potted citrus trees.

Get your Awapuni Nurseries polyanthus seedlings from your local supermarket, Bunnings or The Warehouse. Alternatively, head to our online store and get your garlic delivered direct to your door.

Once youíve got your seedlings you need to find a spot to grow them. If youíre planting outside, make sure the soil is well-drained, then dig over and add some compost. If youíre potting your polyanthus, use potting mix to ensure they have the best kick-start to their growth.

In around four to six weeks you should have these tight, low, compact and colourful plants brightening up your home and garden. Pick off the dead flowers to encourage more flowering and watch out for slugs.

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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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