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For every order made from now until the end of February, 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.
February is a good time to...

Plant celery and leeks for hearty soups and casseroles when the cooler weather arrives. Plant celery in rows, and mound the soil up around them, as they don’t like to sit in water.

For leeks, dig a ditch 8cm deep and plant the seedlings in the bottom of the trench.

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In the news...
Get Growing with NZ gardener is a television series new to Prime (Sundays, 7pm) which focuses on giving practical gardening advice and information to Kiwi’s alike.

The series aims to inspire viewers to don their gumboots, pick up a spade and get gardening!
Whether you enjoy getting your hands dirty, or the satisfaction of serving friends and family something you’ve grown from scratch, NZ Gardener Magazine Editor, Lynda Hallinan, will teach us how to be more self sufficient and get back to basics.

Click on the picture above to find out more about the show.
 
Herb scentsations

Did you know lavender can help in the treatment of dandruff? Or that thyme is said to help cure that dreaded ‘one too many’ hangover? Herbs can do so much more than just flavour stews and roasted vegetables. They can be used in everything from scented candles and pot pourri, to sleep accessories and skin relief remedies.

Lavender and thyme are two versatile herbs that not only make a great addition to any garden but are also handy to keep in the medicine cabinet or top drawer at home. So this month we’re going to focus on planting herbs to use in homemade soap.

So when you’re next out at your local supermarket, Warehouse or Bunnings store why not add a bundle or two of Awapuni’s lavender and/or thyme seedlings to your trolley. Or alternatively, Awapuni seedlings can be purchased online at www.awapuni.co.nz and delivered right to your door.

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Tod Palenski – Awapuni Nurseries


Krafty kuts

For centuries, people have been making their own pot pourri to fragrance their homes. Using in season flowers and herbs, pot pourri is easy and affordable to make. Plus each batch lasts for months on end! So if you’ve got some spare time on your hands get the kids involved and bring the smell of summer indoors. Pick an arrangement of flowers and herbs from your garden that you wish to use in your pot pourri. Tie them in small bunches by their stems and leave them in a dark, but ventilated space (wardrobes or closets are good) for three to four weeks.

Once your flowers are dry, gently pick off the petals and herb endings. Mix approximately five cups of dried flowers and herbs and ¼ of a cup of dried citrus peel together in a large bowl. Your pot pourri mixture will be a blend of fragrant herbs and flowers. Add five to six drops of essential oil and stir.

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Burning questions

What is companion planting? Companion planting is the easiest and most environmentally friendly way of preventing pests. Companion planting is when you include plants in your garden which either lure beneficial insects or repel pests.

What should I plant with what?
Onions & carrots: the onions help to keep the carrot root fly at bay, while the carrots do their bit by repelling the onion fly.

Celery & brassicas (the cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli family of plants): the celery will help to minimise, though not eliminate, damage caused by white butterfly larvae.

Marigolds & beans/brassicas: the marigolds emit a natural gas which protects surrounding plants from insects like aphids and white fly. In addition, the marigold's root system attracts nematodes and disrupts their reproductive cycle.

Basil & tomatoes:
the basil helps to repel flies and mosquitoes from your tomatoes.
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