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For every order made from now until the end of June, Awapuni Nurseries will throw in one free bundle of Traditional Value Strawberries containing 4 plants.

Check out the best seasonal seedlings available online - click here and have a browse around our plant shop.

Sharpen up!

With the cooler weather driving us indoors, now is the perfect time to check your tools and perform a bit of maintenance.
If you store your tools outside, make sure they are undercover and away from any moisture and make sure you clean them after each use.
Sharpen your secateurs, hoes and spades with quality sharpeners.
Remove any rust by first sanding it or rubbing it with a stiff wire brush, then wiping the bare metal with a light coating of oil. Quality garden tools are an investment – looking after them properly will mean they last much longer and they’ll be ready to use whenever you need them.

 

JUNE 2008

For sensational summer strawberries start now
It might seem ridiculous to be thinking about Christmas already, but if you want the freshest, juiciest homegrown strawberries this coming festive season, it’s time to start planning.

Awapuni gardening guru, Tod Palenski, says in most parts of the country you can start planting strawberries from June, but if you’re in the cooler southern regions, you may need to wait until August.” Wherever you live, Tod says strawberries are very easy to grow with some careful planning. The first step is to decide where you’re going to plant them.“Strawberries grow best in sunny situations with well-drained soil,” he says. “It’s also important not to plant them where tomatoes, potatoes, capsicum or aubergine have recently been grown to avoid the fungal disease verticillium rot.”
Once you’ve decided on a spot, you’ll need to prepare the soil. If you can, start preparing at least month before planting. This allows the fertilier to break down into the soil and incorporate as much organic matter as possible.
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Spray it to save it

June is a good time to use an organic spray on winter vegetables, such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts, to prevent bacterial and fungus diseases.

Liqiud copper is a natural fungicide that’s also good for roses, fruit trees and other garden plants.
Lime sulphur is also an excellent combatant of dormant season fungicide and insecticide. It’s great for controlling scale, mites and overwintering spores of fungal diseases.
Neem, a botanical pesticide derived from the neem tree, contains azadirachtin, salannin and other compounds that act as natural insecticides and fungicides.

To keep your garden in tip top condition over winter, implement a spraying schedule. Alternate applications of lime sulphur, copper and neem each week during the winter months.
As with all sprays, it’s important to follow the directions to the letter and wash vegetables thoroughly before consuming. You can order these organic sprays online at the Care and Grow section of Awapuni’s website and they’ll be delivered straight to your door.

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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