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For every order made from now until the end of November, Awapuni Nurseries will throw in a free Traditional Value range tomato - moneymaker bundle containing six plants.

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

Beekeeping a buzz in urban areas

Keeping a hive in your backyard is a great way to pollinate your own fruit and vegetables and also provides informative, not to mention entertaining, education for kids.

Pollinating your garden is not the only advantage of keeping bees. You also gain access to their golden nectar known to most as honey. Even Michelle Obama is in to bees.

She keeps hives at the White House and uses the honey and pollinated products as gifts.
Photo by Jody Mitchell
For more information on the National Beekeepers' Association visit

Marigolds, petunias and portulacas – retro gardening is the new black!

Stonewash denim, formica tables and knitting groups - all signs of decades past? Wrong. These remnants of a time gone by have returned from the dead and now they’re making a comeback!

So this month we’re going to jump on the return of the ‘kitch’ and ‘retro’ bandwagon and plant some of nana’s favourites – marigolds, petunias and portulacas.

These flowers love a sunny, well drained area in the garden. But more importantly, they don’t need shelter so they’re ideal for hanging baskets (another flashback in time) or for planting along garden paths.

If recreating nana’s 1950s garden isn’t what you’re after, remember, marigolds are also a great companion plant for brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage plants) as they help deter aphids.

Click here to read more.
Tod Palenski – Awapuni Nurseries

Burning questions

When should I plant herbs?
The great thing about herbs is that you can plant them all year round. If you want a wider range, spring is the best time. However, you’ll always be able to find a herb to suit the season.

What conditions do herbs like?

The majority of herbs are happiest when they are in the full sun. And don’t forget herbs don’t necessarily have to be grown in the garden. They also grow well in outdoor or indoor pots.

November is a good time to…

Trim and prune! November is the perfect time to get outdoors and trim your hedges. You could also prune your camellias back if they’ve finished flowering.

With labour weekend been and gone and the soil temperature rising as the days go by, you can pretty much take your pick as far as planting vegetables go.

If frosts have finished in your area, why not take advantage of this by planting potatoes. They mature within eight-to-ten weeks providing you and your family with new potatoes for the holiday period.

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

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