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For every order made from now until the end of January, Awapuni Nurseries will throw in a free Traditional Value parsley bundle. Use in cooking, salads and as a garnish. There are a minimum of four plants per bundle.

To see the entire range of seedlings available at Awapuni Nurseries click here and have a browse around our plant shop.



What to do in January...


Mulch is a protective cover placed over your soil to promote a healthy environment where plants can thrive. There is really no better way to ensure your plants stay healthy in the heat of summer.

During summer, mulch protects the soil from the heat and reduces the need for constant watering by providing a cooler soil temperature which enables roots to pump water efficiently.

Many types of mulch compact over time, so even if you applied mulch a few months ago, simply use a rake to revive it. In addition to fighting the heat, mulch suppresses weeds and gives a garden a finished look.



Did you know …?


For centuries herbs have been used for their magical healing qualities and health benefits. Mint is known for its ability to settle a nervous tummy, sooth the digestive tract and ease the discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome.

Basil is known to have both immune boosting qualities and antioxidant properties which can help protect you from damage associated with free radicals such as ageing.


It’s cocktail thyme!

With summer comes wearing less and drinking more. Crickets are out in force (not just the insect variety!) and people are vacating crowded urban areas in search of a slice of summer serenity. Whether it's at the bach, crib or camp ground, Kiwis love nothing more then kicking back and entertaining family and friends. What better way to do so than with cocktails (or mocktails) and nibbles on hand?

Spearmint
, rosemary, thyme and basil sounds more like the flavouring of a Sunday roast than a summer cocktail but don’t be fooled. Fresh herbs can add that ‘knockout’ factor to many drinks.

Not only are herbs great in beverages they also make delicious summer dips and spreads. Basil is a favourite of many, and when turned into pesto tastes great mixed with pasta, on its own as a dip, or provides the perfect canapé base for nibbles to accompany your summer cocktails.

So this month’s article will focus on growing your own herbs, and using two age old favourites, basil and mint, to make summer drinks and nibbles for the whole family to enjoy.

If you’re looking to make classic mojitos and pesto, be sure to pick up a basil and mint seedling bundle from your local supermarket, Warehouse or Bunnings Store.

Click here to read more.

Tod Palenski – Awapuni Nurseries




Burning questions…

How often do herbs need watering?

This will depend on the time of year, the dryness of the soil and so on. Ideally, the water level in the soil should be about three inches deep for your herbs to reach their full potential.

What about getting the kids involved in gardening this summer and teaching them about the importance of watering the garden? Kids love doing grown up things with mum and dad, so why not get them a watering can of their own and let them join in.

Apart from the great help you’ll receive, you can also take the opportunity to teach your kids about watering the garden. From the importance or feeding your plants, to how pests and diseases can be transferred, there’s a whole heap you can learn. Plus, if it’s a hot day outside, nothing beats a water fight (bonus points for getting mum and/or dad)!

Office plants relieve stress

It has been said that plants in the office can help relieve stress. So when returning to work this year after your holiday break, why not bring a plant buddy along with you?

Awapuni Nurseries’ Traditional Value and Pop ‘n’ Grow ranges have something to suit any office décor. Click on the picture to find out more about how plants in the workplace can help relieve stress with TV3’s Sunrise crew.

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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