May 2017

FREE onion seedlings

Purchase any product from our online store between the 30th of April and 9am Monday 8 May and we’ll throw in one FREE bundle of California red onion seedlings

Grow trees that count

Trees that count is an initiative encouraging Kiwis to plant more native trees in order to restore and enhance our environment for biodiversity and climate change. Arbor Day is coming up on June 5 and they want Kiwis to pledge to plant a native tree. You can visit their website and pledge to plant a native, or fund one and they will keep track of the trees to be planted.

Moving time!

Strawberries, perennials, asparagus or rhubarb looking a little rough? Now’s a great time to move any plants that aren’t growing as well as they should be to a spot that’s more suited to them.

Pumpkin anyone?

As pumpkins are being harvested, we thought it was a good time to share some recipes. Here’s an easy pumpkin soup recipe and here are a couple more from Yotam Ottolenghi. And here’s a reminder on how to harvest and store your pumpkins.

Smart storage

What do you think of this idea? We think it’s pretty cool. Have you got a clever, gardening storage idea to share? Send us an email and our favourite storage system will win six Awapuni seedling bundles.

Lovely leeks

Here are a few recipes you might like to look over if you’re busy harvesting leeks at the moment. Caramalised leek risotto, leek and feta pie, braised leeks and another good list from The Guardian of tasty looking dishes from their readers.

Burning question

Do you know what’s wrong with my apples? They’re not as good as normal – much smaller, and have black spots.

Donna from Fruitfed helped us with the answer for this one. She says the round black/greyish dots on the fruit look like black spot which is a fungi that is on the ground and when it rains the splash from the rain pushes the black spot spore up into the air and then they land on the fruit or leaves. Once you have an infection the damage is done. Thanks Donna. To prevent this happening next season we recommend giving the tree/s a good spray of liquid copper after the trees have flowered.

Click here to email Awapuni your burning question today.

Introducing... Coalett

The last couple of months have been hectic, our team have been working on labels for a new range of plants to be released shortly. I've been helping with growing instructions and sourcing photos. I've had to employ the modelling talent of our nursery cat Coalett to make native grasses look less boring. We will let you all know where to find these plants when we finish the labels.

And, another reason things have been hectic lately is we’ve almost finished building our new website. It’s been a long time coming! We will let you know when that launches too. But don’t get a surprise if you pop on to the site and it looks completely different.

Happy gardening
Henri Ham

Leaves, leaves, leaves

If you’re raking up loads of leaves from your garden at the moment, remember that most leaves are great to add to your compost. But some trees, like black walnuts, have toxins in their fallen leaves called hydrojuglone that can cause other plants to turn yellow, wilt and die. English walnut, hickory and pecan trees also produce small amounts of hydrojuglone.

The best way to collect and compost your other leaves is to first shred them by running over them with a lawn mower. Then tip a layer of leaves into a black plastic rubbish bag, sprinkle over a handful of garden lime and continue the layers until the bag is full. Tie the top of the bag and poke holes all over it. Place it somewhere sunny and leave it to break down. In summer you will have a lovely mulch to apply around your plants.

For more tips on creating your own compost visit here.

Onions – the must-have vegetable

Yes, I know we like to harp on about must-have vegetables and herbs here at Awapuni. The problem is, once you start growing and enjoying home-grown food, the list of must-haves seems to grow too.

But I really do think onions are at the top of that list and should be grown in every vegetable garden. In my vegetable garden I like to grow red onions. But I don’t stop there. I also stagger plant spring onions, regular brown Pukekohe Longkeeper onions, pearl drop opnions and red bunching spring onions. For the newbie gardeners out there, stagger planting (or staggering) is when you plant a few seedlings of the same varieties (i.e. broccoli or onions) every few weeks to ensure you have a constant supply of produce ready to harvest.

Order your onion seedlings from our online store. Or pick some up next time you’re at the supermarket, The Warehouse, or Bunnings.

You can grow onions pretty much anywhere in the garden – they also grow well in pots. But make sure the soil is friable (goes crumbly when you touch it). If it’s not, simply give it a good dig over and add a bit of compost and fertiliser.

Read on for more

Freight increase & change to free delivery

Despite increasing courier costs, we’ve managed to keep the delivery fee the same price for quite a few years. But for almost five years now, we’ve been subsidising the difference between what you pay for delivery and what we pay our courier companies. From Monday 3 July 2017 we will be increasing the delivery fee for a non-rural address to $7 per order and $11 per order for deliveries to rural addresses.

You’ll still be able to get free delivery if you order enough seedling bundles, but we also need to change this. From 3 July 2017 you’ll need to order 7 seedling bundles and/or garden products to get free delivery to a non-rural address, or $4 for delivery to a rural address. We hope you’ll continue to support us. And remember, if you’re ever not completely satisfied with your order, give us a call on 0800 33 2000 and we’ll replace the order no questions asked.

Cutting edge carnations

Carnations look lovely in the garden but where they come into their own is as cut flowers. We have two varieties available in our newspaper wrapped seedling bundles. Enfant De Nice Mix is a mix of apricot and pale pink colours and the Picotee Mix has brighter reds and pinks. So, if you’ve got a sunny spot in the garden and some un-used vases in the house that need filling look no further than carnations. Click here to buy.

May is a good time to…

Get your winter veg in the ground. Be sure to dig the soil over first, apply compost, fertiliser and a dressing of lime to sweeten the soil, encourage plant growth and help prevent club root. If you have planted your winter vegetables already, don’t forget to plant more to ensure you have a continual supply ready to harvest.

Broccoli, broad beans, carrots, onions, peas, spinach and cauliflower are all good to grow now. Brighten up your garden by planting cool loving flowers like geranium, wallflowers, polyanthus, nemophilla, foxgloves and anything else also currently available from our online store. If you like to harvest rose hips (they are the fruit of the plant and have high levels of Vitamin C) or you just like the interest hips add to an autumn garden, now is the time to stop deadheading your roses. This will allow the hips to form and the stems to harden up before winter. Then wait till June to August (the colder it gets where you live, the longer you should wait) to start pruning.

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Beautiful broad beans

I know it’s pretty easy and not too expensive to buy beans at the supermarket or farmers market these days. But I really enjoy eating fresh beans from the garden. They taste great and it’s nice knowing exactly what’s gone on them in the process of growing. Broad beans are one of my favourite varieties to grow. And eat of course. Like most other vegetables, you can grow broad beans from seed (actually it’s the bean itself).
But I recommend growing from seedlings. Doing this shortens the time before harvest (around six to 12 less weeks) but, more importantly, takes out a lot of the hard work.
Once our seedlings get to you their root systems are well formed (yet still separate from each other), which means they’re almost guaranteed to grow well.

You can pick up some broad bean seedlings from your local supermarket, Bunnings or The Warehouse. Otherwise, head to our online store and enjoy the convenience of getting your plants delivered straight to your home.

Once you’ve got your seedlings, you need to find somewhere to grow them. I like to grow mine in one of our raised vegetable gardens, but they also grow well in pots. Make sure it’s full sun or partial shade where you plant.

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Henri and Paul Ham, Awapuni Nurseries Ltd
Pioneer Highway PO Box 7075 Palmerston North 4443 NEW ZEALAND


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