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For every order made from now until the middle of July, Awapuni Nurseries will throw in one free bundle of Traditional Value sweet peas containing at least 12 plants.

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

July is a great time to…

Don’t let the cooler weather stop you from doing what you love. There are lots of jobs that need to be done in the garden in July.
Start preparing the soil for spring vegetable planting, adding compost and lime if needed.
Plant garlic and shallots, asparagus and strawberry plants and, in warmer areas, potatoes.
Later in the month, you can plant cauliflower, lettuce, onions, rhubarb and cabbage seedlings.
In the flower garden, plant pansies, sweet peas, lupin, stock and primula.
Add mulch to the base of trees and shrubs to keep moisture in when the weather gets warmer.
Broad beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage and citrus fruits should all be ready to pick and enjoy this month.
So get your hat, gloves and scarf on, and get out there!

 

JULY 2008

Liven up a bleak rose garden with a focal point
Don’t let your garden suffer as the cold winter months drive you inside. “While your roses might look like bare twig arrangements at the moment, your garden needn’t look boring. Liven up your rose garden by reshaping it with a focal point,” says Awapuni gardening guru, Tod Palenski.
Tod says July and August are the best months to prune roses.
“Pruning is an important part of rose growing. It helps keep them healthy so they produce the maximum number of flowers,” he says.
“Pruning also helps keep the plants under control and attractive.” The down side to pruning is that it leaves the garden looking a little bare. Tod suggests making a feature of the rose garden by adding a focal point. “A big pot placed among your rose bushes can create a structural look. It will also add some much needed colour to a winter garden. Tod suggests planting annuals to give a romatic look, in a big pot that is at least 500mm wide. To add some height to your potted focal point, Tod recommends building a bamboo shaped wigwam and planting sweet peas in the pot.
“As the sweat peas grow they will climb up the bamboo adding height. You can then underplant the sweet peas with pansies, lobelias or polyanthus.” Click here to read more.

Bored? Get gardening!

Beat the boredom these school holidays with lots of great gardening ideas that don’t require sunshine or gumboots.
Grow a window sill garden. When wind and rain keep the kids indoors, grow their imagination by starting a window sill herb garden. All you need is a sunny spot, a few containers of soil and some Awapuni Pop’n’Grow herb seedlings.
Watch seeds sprout. Remember doing this when you were young? Line a dish or jar with paper towel or cotton wool, dampen and then insert vegetable seeds, like zucchini or beans, between the layers. Keep them moist and watch them sprout!
Go potty. Let kids indulge their natural creativity by painting inexpensive terra cotta pots to use in spring, or for gifts. All you need is a good supply of 10cm diameter terracotta pots, found at your local garden centre, and some paints which won’t wash off - test pot paints are perfect. Get some newspaper out, put your kids in some old clothes and encourage the painting of some mini masterpieces. Click here for more inspiration.
Feed the birds. Stock up on birdseed and suet, and feed the birds this winter. Easy-to-assemble birdhouse kits and plans are available at most garden centers and craft shops. Get the kids to keep a record of all different kinds of birds that visit.
Read a book. Books like Peter Rabbit or The Secret Garden can feed their interest in gardening, even when they’re tucked up in bed!

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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