October 2016

Burning question

I have moved to a new house with an enclosed courtyard garden. One side gets no sun at all for most of the year and only late afternoon sun in the summer. I have planted Hellebores and an Anemone Pattina and one small hosta. Can you suggest any other plants that would be happy in this moist but sheltered side of the garden?

I suggest planting impatiens, clivia, cineraria, ferns and primulas. Good luck!

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Keep flowers fresh longer

If you’d like to keep your cut flowers fresh for longer, check out this list of suggestions. It includes tips such as removing excess foliage below the water line and keeping cut flowers away from hot spots and TVs – plus more. Do you have any great tips for keeping flowers in a vase healthier for longer? Email us here.

Reader recommendation

Following last month’s burning question on borer in citrus trees we received an email from Diane who said, in addition to using borer spray, she also used neem oil to combat borer in her large old lemon tree. Diane said they also found that the borer could spread into houses – particularly window sills. So watch out for borer entering your house if you have it in your citrus trees. And thanks to Diane for the tip. Diane is the winner of this month’s readers’ tip and will receive a selection of Awapuni seedling bundles. If you have a tip or recommendation regarding this edition of Cultivated News – email us here and you’ll go into the draw to win some Awapuni plants. T&Cs on entry can be found here.

October is a good time to...

Plant whatever your heart desires! If you’re a novice or new gardener it’s the perfect time to start your own vege patch. Urbanmac’s kitset gardens are perfect for beginner and experiences gardeners alike. Check out Tod’s top tips for a beginner vege garden here. Add colour to your garden with impatiens, lobelias, pansies, cornflowers, petunias and anything available from our online store. Mulch in dry areas and remember to water regularly. Fertilise your lawns – but make sure it’s about to rain so that it dissolves into the soil.

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Coming to a Countdown near you

Awapuni EndiveWe have been very busy this month. Spring has arrived, which is always an eventful time for us. But we’ve also launched our seedlings into 30 Countdown stores in the North Island. We haven’t had our plants stocked in Countdown for a very long time so we’re pretty excited about this. Unfortunately, we’re only in North Island Countdown stores at this stage. It’s not a very striking pic, but these are all brand-spanking new display stands for the stores. So, if you live in the North Island be sure to have a look for our newspaper wrapped bundles next time you’re in a Countdown supermarket.

Happy spring gardening

Henri Ham

Must-have marigolds

Viscaria Angel RoseThese days more and more Kiwis are growing their own herbs and vegetables. And more and more gardeners are taking a natural and organic approach to gardening. This means less chemicals and more thought about what plants might be beneficial to grow next to each other.

This approach of growing certain plants for the benefit of other plants is called companion planting and the idea has been around for centuries.

And marigolds are probably the most famous companion plant around. This brightly coloured flower just happens to produce a strong smell which repels many insects and their roots also contain a pesticidal chemical which kills nematodes (microscopic parasites living in the soil).

Marigolds are said to deter aphids from tomatoes and roses, and nematodes from potatoes and other root crops. They’re also said to keep white cabbage moths away from brassicas and will deter flies and mosquitoes.

Plus, they look pretty! Marigolds are probably most well-known as an orange flower but they also come in red, cream, lemon and apricot colours. Mass-planted, they will create a stunning visual effect in your flower bed or vegetable garden.

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The perfect mix

Every month I write a gardening article on a couple of plants. I typically try and come up with some kind of unique angle or theme to get things going. But this month I’m just going to get to the point. Chives, coriander and rocket are really handy (and tasty!) plants to have in the garden.

In my personal opinion they might taste a little strong if all combined in the same dish. Although, of course, someone else might feel differently about the matter. But individually, they’re just such great herbs to have accessible for fresh cooking.

And what do you know? Awapuni Nurseries just happen to have a chives, coriander and rocket mixed bundle available to purchase. Mixed bundles are fantastic because they provide you with a smaller number of seedlings per herb, which means you should end up with about the right amount of each, without any taking over your garden. They’re also great if you like to stagger your planting by planting a few new seedlings every few weeks to ensure you have a continuous supply.

Once you’ve got your rocket, chives and coriander plants you need to find somewhere to grow them.

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Lovely legumes

We can’t deny peas from a packet are certainly very convenient. But as we’ve said over and over, nothing beats fresh food straight from your garden. Which, is why we’re fans of growing legumes like peas and beans. We stock both sugar snap and greenfeast peas on our online store. We also currently have broad beans available and soon will have butter beans online. For tips on how to grow peas and beans head to our website and use the search function in the top right hand corner. And to order your seedlings visit our online store.  


Spring bulb care

If your spring bulbs have finished flowering Paul from NZ Bulbs says there are a couple of things you can do to ensure they flower well next season. Firstly, lightly fertilise and water on the surface of where your bulbs are planted.

Secondly, treat daffodils and hyacinths for narcissus fly. This pesky pest can be a problem from now through until the leaves die back, and can cause bulb damage which prevents flowering the following season. Paul suggests spraying the plants regularly with neem oil to deter the fly. Alternatively, look out for a natural pyrethrin spray from your local garden centre which could also be effective. Fertilising and spraying for narcissus fly will help your bulbs prepare for next year's flowering.

Lastly, if your bulbs are starting to look a little messy and you’d like to tidy them up Paul says it’s best not to remove foliage until it has completely died back. While the leaves are still green the bulb is storing nutrients vital for next seasons flowering. Once a week gently tug on the foliage, if it readily comes loose then you can remove the leaves if you want to tidy up. If the messy look doesn’t worry you, then just leave the plants as they are, or plant some flowering annuals in front of them.


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


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