July 2016

Pallet storage

Here’s yet another use for a pallet. If you’d like to tidy up your garden tools like spades and rakes – take a look at this pallet storage from Fabulessly Frugal.

Spinach and beet tip

When harvesting your spinach and silverbeet, don't pull out the whole plant. Instead pick the leaves off the stem in a downward motion. Don’t pick all the leaves off at once. Leave a few to enable the plant to regrow. Watch out for leaf miners on your spinach and silverbeet. These are the larva of insects that feed between the upper and lower surfaces of leaves – leaving fine tracings on the leaves. You can use pesticides to get rid of them but we recommend spraying organic neem oil which breaks the pests' life-cycle by preventing the larva reaching maturity. Do you have any other tips for ridding your plants of leaf miners? Email us here if you do.

July is a good
time to...

Plant onions and garlic. Spray paths and decking with a moss or algae spray. Finish pruning your roses and prune and spray your fruit trees.

Grow a cover crop like mustard or Lucerne in any un-planted vege plots to add nutrition back into the soil. Turn your compost and split your herbaceous perennials.

Read on for more information.

Sturdy strawberry planter

Thanks to everyone who sent in pics of their strawberry planters.

Here’s a shot of Jo's planter - which looks very sturdy! We can't imagine the birds getting through that structure. Nice job Jo.

New plant varieties

Listening to our customers – it’s not something we’ve always been good at. But we’re improving! Recently we asked what type of tomatoes you want us to grow. From the many replies we received it was clear one variety stood out - black krim.

So this year we're going to have a go at growing black krim seedlings. We’ve also had feedback from some of our customers that you'd like to see lemongrass and shallots in the range of plants we stock.

We haven't grown lemongrass before but we're going to give it a go. How hard can it be right? We have grown shallots in the past but the cost of the seed became prohibitive to continue. I have recently found some better priced seed so we’ll have shallots on available soon too. And one last favourite will return – French lavender (Dentata). We've now got access to French lavender seed again so look out for these later in spring. We hope you enjoy the new varieties. We think it's quite exciting to have some new stuff on our list again. Remember, to let us know if you think there's something else you and our others customers might like us to grow.

Happy gardening
Henri Ham

Fallen pots

If you’re looking for something different in your garden and a bit tired of ‘stock-standard’ upright pots, why not try a fallen pot of colour? Bored Panda has compiled a list of 15 spilled-pot garden designs. What is that exactly? Simply tip over a pot (or another appropriate container) and then plant your flowers next to it as if they’ve spilled out of the pot.  

Pansies are great for achieving this look, but as you’ll see so are lots of other Awapuni flowers like marigolds, lobelia, livingstone daisies and petunias. If you’ve already got a fallen-pot design in your garden we’d love to see a pic. Send us an email with a photo of your fallen pot design and one lucky person will win some Awapuni seedlings.

Soup's up

We’re in the middle of winter and that means it’s soup time. This delicious green velvet soup is jam-packed full of goodness and will make use of your silverbeet, celery, spinach and broccoli. And, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to try out some of the other soup recipes on our website.  

These include broccoli and bacon, tomato, pumpkin and rosemary and more.

Passionate about pansies

Pansies are the perfect plant for just about any garden. They’re hardy and easy to grow. They’ll survive wind, rain and even frosts. And just as importantly, they’re stunning and striking – with a colour and pattern for just about any style of garden. In fact, at the time of writing this we have 19 different varieties of pansy available at www.awapuni.co.nz.  

Probably the easiest way to work out what type of pansy you’d like to purchase is to visit our online shop where you can browse the myriad of different pansies available. Awapuni has the full spectrum of colours, from blues to yellows to reds, as well as mixed colour varieties.

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Making use of tight spaces

Spinach and silverbeet are the perfect space fillers in a winter vege garden. Plant them in between your larger and longer growing vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower and they’ll be finished with the space before it's needed.

They’re both full of vitamins, are perfect additions to a wide variety of dishes and, my favourite, you can pick the leaves off the plants as they reach the size you desire.

So, next time your down at your local supermarket, Bunnings or The Warehouse, grab yourself some Traditional Value or Pop’n’Grow Awapuni seedlings.

Alternatively, head to our online store and get your seedlings delivered direct to your door. And don’t forget to throw in some rainbow beet too. Like to select your own seedlings for quality? We guarantee you’ll be happy with the seedlings we send you. And, if for any reason you’re not, we’ll replace them – no questions asked.

  Once you’ve got your seedlings you need to find a spot to plant them. Spinach likes full sun and well-fertilised soil.

And silverbeet likes well-drained soil – which, actually makes it really good for planting in pots.

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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