August 2016

August is a good time to...

Finish off your rose pruning. Check for aphids on new shoots – particularly on roses. Plant new brassicas (broccoli, cauli, kale etc) for harvesting in summer and new season potatoes, yams and kumaras for enjoying at Christmas. For more tips on what to do in the garden during August, including towards the end of the month when the weather starts to warm up, visit here.

Burning question

I’ve heard now is the time to divide perennials? Is that correct and how do I do it?

Yes, now is a great time to grow your garden and save money by dividing and replanting your perennials. Hosta, day lily, canna lily and iris plants can all be divided at the moment. You typically do this when they’re dormant – which is when they don’t have leaves. Dig around the whole plant and root system and then prize it in half (or more pieces) with a spade and replant.

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Pretty poppies

If you’d like to grow some other pretty flowers to accompany your chrysanthemums (mentioned earlier in this newsletter) consider poppies. These beautiful flowers look great in the garden and also make perfect cut flowers. At present we’ve got four varieties available to order from our online store – peony, Iceland, Shirley and ANZAC. For tips on how to grow your poppy plants check out this gardening guide from Tod.

Cooking coriander

Our coriander is booming at the moment! Often people think that coriander doesn’t grow well in winter, but we think it’s the change in season that typically causes coriander problems. If you’d like some more tips on how to cultivate coriander visit here. And, if like us, you’ve run out of ways to eat it – check out this list from The Guardian with 17 recipes for leftover coriander.

Potato, potato, potato...

How ever you say it, it’s time to plant potatoes! For our step-by-step guide to growing this vegetable staple, check out this gardening guide.


Awapuni new vanWe are proud to announce the arrival of our new van. After retiring one of our trucks last year we have been looking for a permanent replacement. Our old, faithful truck had done 770,000 kms and had run out of life.
This new van will be more comfortable for our driver as well as more economical to run. However, our driver will have to prize the keys out of my hands first!

If you’d like a chance to be in to win a fantastic kitset garden from Urbanmac be sure to visit our Facebook page straight away. More details on the giveaway can be found further down in the newsletter.

Happy gardening

Henri Ham

Colour your home and garden with chrysanthemums

Viscaria Angel RoseNot all flowers are created equal. Some don’t like to be picked. Some don’t flower easily or for a couple of seasons. Some require lots of ongoing maintenance. Fortunately, chrysanthemums are not like some flowers. They are easy to grow and their flowers are long-lasting.

If you like to have colour in the garden and flowers in your home, stop buying flowers and grow your own chrysanthemums. At Awapuni, we sell three varieties of chrysanthemum. Merry mix, also known as love daisy, which grows to a height of 50cm and produces single flowers in a lovely combination of tri-coloured blooms.

Our other two varieties of chrysanthemum, snowland and moonlight, will grow to a height of 20cm and are good for growing in cooler climates. Snowland produces single flowers with white petals and a striking yellow centre, and moonlight produces all over yellow single flowers.

Chrysanthemums like well-drained and dry soil with plenty of lime. This means they grow well with plants like roses, lavender, bedded irises and gypsophila as they all like the same conditions. If you’re planting tomatoes in a month or two and want to add some colour around them you could try planting chrysanthemums there too as, again, tomatoes like the same growing conditions.


Onions, onions, onions

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – onions are a must have for any vege garden. The number of dishes that require, or taste better with, onions is never-ending. So, it just makes sense to have this staple growing in your garden too.

And, as I’ve also said before, don’t stop at growing just the brown-skinned, white-flesh Pukekohe longkeeper variety. Stock up your vege patch with a variety of different types of onion. At Awapuni we also sell spring onion, red spring onion, red onion and pearl drop onion plants.

Pop down to your local supermarket, The Warehouse or Bunnings and pick up some of our newspaper wrapped bundles of onion seedlings. Or head to our online store and get them delivered direct to your door.

If you’re growing Pukekohe longkeeper, which is known for its resistance to bolting and ability to be stored for a long time, it grows best in soil that’s friable. By that I mean soil that goes crumbly when you touch it. You can plant red onions with your longkeepers as they like the same conditions.

Dig a hole about 3cm deep and plant each plant around 10cm away from its neighbour in rows that are about 20cm apart. If you’re a spinach fan, try popping this in between the rows as it makes a great companion plant. Keep aphids at bay and your Pukekohe longkeepers will be ready to harvest in 20 to 24 weeks.


Awapuni top tip

If you have perennials in your garden – like hosta, day lily, canna lily and iris plants – leave one or two flower stalks on the plant when they die back during winter. This way they’re easy to find if you want to divide them (like Tod suggests in this month’s burning question) and there’s no risk of digging into them by mistake. In this picture you can see how we’ve left a couple of stalks to identify where our hosta is planted.  


Win an Urbanmac raised garden

We’re very excited to partner again with urbanmac to giveaway a 2m x 1m x 280mm kites macrocarpa raised garden and six Awapuni Nurseries herb and vege seedling bundles to one lucky winner. You might remember we ran a similar competition with urbanmac at the start of this year. Well this time we’re giving away an even BIGGER planter box!

This box is perfect for for a space-challenged gardener and fits in a fair selection of crops (the vegetable kind!). Urbanmac kitset garden boxes are easy to assemble, you simply slot each board into the corner posts, and use the screws provided to secure. Holes are pre-drilled for easy assembly, even for a DIY rookie. Proudly made in New Zealand from sustainably sourced, plantation grown and untreated macrocarpa from MacDirect. Made with 30mm thick dressed timber, they are oh so smooth and very sturdy. To be in with a chance to win this fantastic prize visit our Facebook page before 5 August.

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


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