January 2017

Burning question

I’ve got lots of little white bugs and black stuff on my lemon tree leaves. Can you tell me what it is and what I should do?


It looks like you have citrus whitefly. It doesn’t look that different to greenhouse whitefly, the type you’ll find on tomatoes, courgettes etc. But it is actually a different species. The black stuff is the honeydew that the white fly excretes after it has sucked the sap from your lemon tree leaves, which is then infected with sooty mould fungus – giving the leaves and fruit a dirty, black appearance. Spray the tree (including the undersides of the foliage) with an insecticidal oil like Conqueror. And for more information on the differences between the two white fly – check out this page from the Mitre 10 Garden Club.

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Zucchini relish


This recipe is an oldie, but definitely a favourite of ours. It will use up any excess zucchini in your garden and is great on crackers, sandwiches, or simply used as you would any type of relish. Click here for the recipe.

Reader’s tip winner


Thanks again to all those who sent in tips about how to encourage kids to garden. We think this tip from Bev in Tauranga makes a lot of sense and could easily be forgotten. Bev says when picking a spot for kids to garden, don’t give them an out-of-the-way corner but instead make sure they have a sunny spot with the best soil. This will ensure they get the best results and keep them coming back for more. Thanks Bev!

January is a good time to...


Deadhead flowers! Removing the flowers that have passed their use-by-date will stop them rotting and keep the planting looking at its best. Keep watering regularly – particularly juicy plants like strawberries and tomatoes. Mulch. Keep planting fast growing veg and herb like rocket, spinach, coriander, lettuce, spring onions and basil. And grow flowers like Sweet William, sweet peas, portulaca and cornflowers.

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Bring on the warmer weather

Awapuni EndiveAs I write this update towards the end of December, Alvin the nursery dog is wishing it would stop raining. Being so low to the ground he tends to mop up all the dirt! The spring, and technically early summer, weather has been very average and has held many gardeners back from enjoying the pleasure of their gardens. We are all looking forward to some settled summer weather.

All the best from Henri and the team at Awapuni Nurseries
 

Gorgeous gaillardia

Viscaria Angel Rose Like the flowers I mentioned last month (portulaca, livingstone daisies and gazania), gaillardia is another fan of the warm weather associated with summer. It grows well in the sun and dry conditions and will add more bright, striking colour to your garden. Though unlike the three previously mentioned flowers, gaillardia is a perennial. For those of you still learning the difference between perennial and annual flowers, perennials are plants that go dormant each winter and continue to grow year-after-year. Annuals generally bloom for one season and then need to be replaced with something else.

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Smoothie bags

Do you like to have a smoothie in the morning but don’t find you have the time? Well, this idea from Better Homes & Gardens is for you. Cut up all the ingredients, combine them in the perfect smoothie combination and freeze them in multiple zip-lock bags. When you’re keen for a smoothie, just grab a bag from the freezer, put it all in a blender, add your chosen liquid and blend. You can freeze the bags for up to a month. We also recommend doing this when you can’t get through all your produce (particularly greens like spinach) in the garden.


Mulch, mulch, mulch

Mulch is one of the gardener’s best tools for getting the most out of your plants. It provides nutrients to the soil, it keeps the soil warm and retains moisture, and it suppresses weeds. It’s ability to retain moisture is the reason it’s important to ensure your garden is mulched at this time of the year. For our guide to mulch – including information on different types and how to mulch – click here. What’s your top tip for mulching? Send us an email and we’ll send the writer of our favourite tip a selection of Awapuni plants.  

 

Bountiful beans

Dwarf green and butter beans are a healthy snack food that are easy to grow, fun to harvest and tasty to even the smallest people in your home. They freeze really well, and they’re also perfect to plant now. And the other great thing about these two types of beans is they don’t need anything to climb on. To order your beans head to our online shop. And for tips on how to grow them visit here.


Time to harvest garlic

Traditionally garlic is planted on the shortest day of the year (21 June) and harvested on the longest day (21 December). As such, you may have harvested yours already. If not, it’s probably time to. When the leaves start to yellow and begin to dry off gently uproot the garlic with a fork. Be careful not to yank the leaves or you might rip the stalks off. Then simply brush off any dirt and hang them in a dry, airy spot inside. Like other produce that is stored for a long time, it makes sense to eat any damaged ones first and store the rest.  

 

Grow great coriander

Given now’s the time of year when we sell lots of coriander, we thought it best to remind you of our top tips for getting the best results. Visit our website for all the tips. And here’s one to get you started – avoid growing coriander in a small pot indoors and instead plant it in a deep pot outside or in a free-draining part of the garden.

 

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

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