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For every order made from now until the end of April, Awapuni Nurseries will throw in a free Traditional Value Sprouting Brocolli bundle.

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

Last month New Zealand’s garden city held the annual Ellerslie International Flower Show. There were some marvelous creations, with the overall supreme winner being the Christchurch Botanic Garden with a display about fungi - a lighting and sound extravaganza illustrating how nature recycles.

Even All Black Andy Ellis got involved and took home a Gold award this year with his partner, Danny Kamo, after receiving a silver award for their display last year.

Click here to view these gardens and much more.


Kids going potty?

It’s school holiday time again (boy…hasn’t this year gone fast), and here at Awapuni we’ve got you covered with tonnes of tips to help keep your kids from going crazy.


With autumn, comes the beginning of wet weather which means more time spent indoors for your wee cherubs. Well fear not mum and dad - we have an activity that will keep the kids entertained and active for hours or even days on end.

Click here to read more about our school holiday activity tips.

 
Enter our survey and win!

We would love to find out more about what you think of Cultivated News, our website and buying seedlings online.

So, this month we have created a short (will take around five minutes), online survey, where you can tell us what you love, what you’d like to see more of, what advice you need, and what ideas you have for the future of Cultivated News. Every completed survey goes in the draw to win one of five Traditional Value prize packs. Each pack has five bundles of vege, flower and herb seedlings in it. Winners will be drawn on 23 April and announced in the May Ezine.

Click here to begin the survey.
Get back to basics with brocolli

As the weather gets cooler and daylight savings comes to an end, I’ve noticed comfort food is creeping back onto our family menu. Being prepared for those winter days when bad weather keeps everyone inside and hungry is essential.

The key to any good comfort food, whether it be stew, pie or quiche, is in the brassica. So this month we’re going to get back to basics and plant brocolli, plus, we’ll give you a great self-crusting smoked chicken, kumara and brocolli quiche recipe – easy to make and a definite crowd pleaser with family and friends.

So let’s get started.

Pick up your Awapuni sprouting brocolli seedlings from Bunnings, the Warehouse or your local supermarket when you’re next out. Alternatively, you can order your seedlings from www.awapuni.co.nz and have them delivered directly to your door.

Click here to read more.

Tod Palenski – Awapuni Nurseries
April is a good time to…

Prepare for our favourite uncle, Jack Frost, and all the fun that winter brings! As the cooler weather soon sets in, you should begin thinking about protecting your pot plants from the frost and rain and moving them in to protected areas such as onto the deck or underneath the verandah.

In terms of planting in April, pansies are a great flower as they’re easy to grow and add great bursts of colour to winter gardens. From blues and yellows to reds and mixed colour varieties, there is definitely a pansy to suit any mood.

Seedlings of broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, silver beet and spinach can all be planted this month.

Click here to read more.
Events Calendar

April is a busy month in the gardening world and there’s a lot happening around New Zealand towns and cities. From the Royal Easter show in Auckland to the French Country Fair in Carterton, why not pack up the kids and make a day of it at one, or more, of these fabulous events.

Also, If you have, or know of, a gardening event coming up (e.g. a fundraiser, school event or expo), tell us about it and you never know, we may put it in the ezine or on the Awapuni website.

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Royal Easter Show
Dunkleys Great NZ Craft Show
French Country Fair
Jazz & Blues at Te Kairanga
FloravisioNZ 2010 and National Designer of the Year
Taranaki Home & Lifestyle Expo
Te Puke Lions Orchid Show
Correction

In last month’s ezine we stated that the Plant to Plate programme was developed by the Awapuni Gardening Club. This is not correct; in fact, the programme was developed by an independent group of retired professionals. We apologise for any confusion or inconvenience this has caused.

For more information on Plant to Plate, please email Iola Haggarty.
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