February 2012

Tell us your thoughts and win

Tell us what you think of Gardening Gazette (this newsletter) and go in the draw to win one of five seedling prize packs containing six seedling bundles. We want to know whether we should continue producing this newsletter so don’t be afraid to give us good or bad feedback. Everyone who responds is in the draw to win. Simply email your feedback with your full name, physical address (in case you win) and phone number. Entries must be received by 9 March.

from A to Z

Have you or your kids got a gardening question? Do you want to plant something but not sure how to go about it? Visit the Gardening A-Z section on our website for everything you need to know about gardening. This fantastic knowledge base has answers to burning questions, pictures and step-by-step guides on what, how and when to plant.
February is the
time to...

Do much like you should have been doing during January - mulch and water

Now’s also a good time to grow celery and leeks.

Burning question

How do I prune my tomatoes?
There’s no point in reinventing the wheel. So, on that note, check out this video for step-by-step instructions on how to prune your tomato plants to ensure the nutrients go towards growing the fruit.

Click here to email Tod your burning question today.

To continue or not – that is the question

Welcome to the third edition of Gardening Gazette. We hope you and your students had a relaxing and refreshing summer break and are looking forward to the new school year. We started this monthly gardening newsletter at the end of last year to provide teachers (and parents!) with tips and advice for gardening with kids. We’re interested to know whether you find it helpful and if you think we should continue with it. We also send out another gardening newsletter, Cultivated News, to subscribers every month but it doesn’t have a focus on children’s gardening. So, this month we’d love to get your feedback on Gardening Gazette. In exchange, anyone who emails us with their thoughts on this newsletter will go in the draw to win one of five seedling prize packs of six seedling bundles – see the box to the left for details.

Happy gardening

Henri Ham
Awapuni Nurseries

DIY watering

A full watering can be hard to carry even for an adult, let alone a child. So why not get your kids or students involved in making smaller DIY watering cans.

Grab a used plastic container small enough for a child to carry – like a milk or dishwashing powder container. Rinse it thoroughly, drill holes in the lid and get busy watering.

Read on for more details.
  Learning to like leeks

Leeks aren’t the most immediately likeable of vegetables. They’re a little bit high maintenance when it comes to growing and they’re not quite as easy as carrots or potatoes on maturing tastebuds.

But it’s for these reasons leeks have grown on my kids and me. You have to woo them with extra care but when you see (and taste!) the results in three to four months time, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.

So grab some Awapuni Nurseries leeks seedlings from your local supermarket, Bunnings, or The Warehouse and let’s get gardening. Remember, you can also buy online from www.awapuni.co.nz and have your seedlings delivered direct to your door.

Like I said earlier, leeks require a little bit of extra care. So it’s important you plant them in a well-drained, sunny position. They also like the soil to be sweet, so if you know your soil is acidic or you’ve had a bit of rain lately, add some lime to the soil a few days before you plant to help raise it’s pH level.

It’s also always a good idea to add a general fertiliser to the soil before you plant. Sprinkling over a fertiliser like nitrophoska blue prior to planting will help give your seedlings a good head start. Once you have chosen your location and prepared the soil, dig a small trench. Next, place the seedlings in the trench, approximately 10cms apart. Leeks need space to expand, and grow best when planted in rows.

Read on for more details.


A sweet treat for tweets

Attract birds to your garden with this sweet treat. Combine 2 tbsp corn oil, 2 C rolled oats, 1 C peanut butter, 1 cup sunflower seeds, ½ C whole-wheat flour, ½ C crushed eggshells, 1 C vegetable shortening and cornmeal flour as needed to hold mixture together. Roll the mixture into balls and freeze overnight. Thread through a coat hanger and hang on tree.
  Did you know?

Pretty tasty
Did you know as well as being pretty, many flowers are pretty tasty too? People have been growing and eating flowers for centuries. In fact the parts we usually eat of broccoli and cauliflower are actually large flower heads. For some tips on what to watch out for when picking and eating edible flowers, read on.

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


P: 64 6 354-8828 F: 64 6 354-8857 W: www.awapuni.co.nz E: sales@awapuni.co.nz