June 2017

Lots of change

Last month I mentioned things had been pretty hectic at the nursery. Well, not much has changed since then. We have finished printing the labels for our new range of ‘established plants’ and we’ve also managed to launch our new website. Phew! Hopefully everything is running smoothly with the site by the time you read this. But as always, we welcome feedback! If you’d like to know more about our established plants, read on in this newsletter.

Here’s to a quieter month at the nursery.

Happy gardening
Henri Ham
FREE stock seedlings

Purchase any product from our online store between 7-12 June and we’ll throw in one FREE regular-sized bundle of stock seedlings.

Introducing Established Plants

We know that every gardener has different plant needs at different times. Sometimes a packet of seeds is all you’re after. Sometimes you want seedlings so you don’t have to do the hard work of germinating seeds.

And at other times you want a plant that is even more robust and bigger than a seedling so you can fast-forward the pleasure you receive from that plant. That’s why we’re introducing ‘established plants’ to our product list.
  An established plant is a large plant which has had extra months of growing in our nursery. Each plant is sold in a PB2 sized, soft, black plastic potting bag with 1.4l of soil and will instantly give your garden appeal. You’ll be able to buy an established plant of many of our existing varieties, but mostly perennials and natives. Depending on the variety, you’ll have the option to buy specific flowers, herbs and veg as either seedlings in a regular or bulk-sized bundle, or as an established plant. All of our native plants (except the carex) will only be available as established plants.

As it’s winter, we don’t currently have many established plants for sale. But come spring, you can expect to see over 50% of our plant varieties available as established plants. Due to the size and weight of the established plants, the delivery fees will be different for any order containing one or more established plants. For details on shipping and delivery visit here. And if you have any further questions be sure to check out our FAQ page.

Reliable ribbonwood

Every month we’ll introduce you to one of the native plants we’re now selling at Awapuni. This month we’ll tell you a bit about Ribbonwood, or Manatu in Maori. Ribbonwood is New Zealand’s tallest deciduous tree. Deciduous trees are ones that shed their leaves every year. Initially, ribbonwood will grow into a small-leaved, highly-branched, slender bush and it can be grown and maintained as a dense hedge. It is fast growing in all soil types and, if left to it’s own devices, it will develop a tall trunk with wide-spreading limbs and could eventually grow to around 17m high when mature.

The three pretty Ps

Winter has officially arrived. But just because the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder it doesn’t mean the colour in your garden has to be the same. There are several flowers that thrive in cool conditions – and all of them pack a punch when it comes to colour. And, coincidentally, all begin with P – polyanthus, primula and pansy.

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Burning Questions

Last year my Brussels sprouts looked more like mini, open cabbages than tight buds, what happened and how can I avoid that happening this year?

It sounds like the soil around your Brussels sprouts wasn't firm enough or they didn’t have enough support. When the buds mature in an open manner instead of nice and tight it is called 'blowing out'.

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June is a good time to...

Get your roses ready for pruning. Divide your strawberry plants and plant new ones. Divide your rhubarb too. Grow shallots, garlic and more brassicas like broccoli, cabbage etc.

Now’s also a good month to start replanting or planting your native trees while the soil is nice and wet but not too boggy from winter. Watch out for frosts and protect new plants with home-made bottle cloches. Fold over the leaves on your cauliflower to do the same. And move any pots and containers to sheltered, warmer areas. Lastly, give your asparagus patch a tidy up.

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Celery – good things take time

Like most ‘winter’ veg, celery takes time to grow and mature. Maybe it’s cheaper and it’s certainly easier to buy from the supermarket. But as many of our customers know, growing your own vegetables is about more than that. Namely, knowing what’s gone on to your food before you eat it, and the sense of satisfaction and enjoyment from growing it yourself.

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Summer strawberries

Every year it seems a little crazy to thinking about strawberries when the weather is at it’s worse. But if you want to enjoy this lovely summer fruit when the weather warms up, you need to plant soon.

Strawberries are best planted in June or July. Or, if you live down south, wait until August when the soil is a little warmer. Here’s our guide to growing this tasty fruit and click here to order your plants.
A piece of Rainbow.  

No space, no problem

If you’d like to grow strawberries but don’t have a lot of garden space, check out these container ideas.

Strawberries grow really well in pots and hanging baskets – particularly because they can hang over the sides which prevents rotting.

Lovely leek soup

Our leeks are almost ready to harvest and we’re looking forward to making this light tasting leek, potato and pea soup. What do you plan on doing with your leeks?

Send us your tips and recipes and our favourite will win six regular bundles of Awapuni seedlings.
Awapuni Nurseries Ltd, Pioneer Highway,
PO Box 7075, Palmerston North 4443, NEW ZEALAND
Phone: 64 6 354-8828 Fax: 64 6 354-8857

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