May 2018

Improving efficiencies

At the nursery we are constantly looking at how to improve efficiency. Our latest venture is to trial portable racks/benches. The idea behind these is to reduce the amount of times we handle the trays. Using the new racks our seeding crew load the seeded trays directly onto the racks. This way we can also stack several racks on top of each other. Then we transport them with the forklift and place them exactly where we want the seedlings to grow. Apart from getting the forklift stuck several times the trial is going well. And if you’d like a chance to win a $60 Awapuni Nurseries voucher to spend on native plants – head here.

Happy gardening,
Henri Ham

Colorful cutflowers

Scarlet geum, stocks, statice and sweet peas can all be planted now and all make great cutflowers. Stocks and sweet peas have the added bonus of also being fragrant.

For tips on keeping your cut flowers fresher longer – go here.


Popular poppies

Poppies are always one of the most popular seedlings we sell. And it’s not hard to see why. They’re very pretty, they grow easily, and they make good cut flowers.

Currently at Awapuni we have three varieties of poppies available – Shirley, ANZAC and peony. A lot of gardeners are fans of peony poppies. Their many fluffy layers of petals look striking – they’re a great alternative if you don’t get enough frosts to grow true peonies.

Shirley poppies are also lovely and have a very delicate look to them. But my favourite variety of poppy would be ANZAC– particularly planted on mass. They are a very special sight to see in a garden.

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For the love of coriander

Coriander is a love it or hate it type of plant. In fact, I can’t really think of any other herb or vegetable that divides people as much. And it can also be quite a tricky herb to grow as it loves to bolt (head to seed), which probably doesn’t help its reputation with its detractors.

But as someone who falls into the love coriander camp, I think it’s a plant every kitchen or vegetable garden should have. So here are my top tips for successful coriander growing.

Firstly, plant it now. While you can grow coriander for most of the year, now during autumn and winter when the weather is cooler, is the perfect time to plant – especially if you find it difficult to grow. The steady, cool weather will prevent it from bolting.

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Beautiful potted bulbs

If you want to make a statement with your bulbs this spring, why not try growing them in a pot. Potted bulbs like daffodils and tulips can look and smell fantastic. You can move them around to wherever suits and even bring them indoors. Haven’t ordered your bulbs yet? You’re not too late and NZ Bulbs have a fantastic deal on Gold Medal Daffodils (pictured) at the moment – but you should get moving if you don’t want to miss out. Remember to use the code Awapuni to get your bulbs delivered for free. And for tips on how to plant your bulbs in pots – check out this great fact sheet from NZ Bulbs.


Preventing leaf curl

You might remember last year Sarah Frater from Edible Garden gave us her guide to preventing leaf curl (pictured) on your peach, nectarine, peachcott and peacherine trees. It became one of our most popular gardening guides ever! Well now is the time (autumn and early winter) to clean up and remove as many leaves as possible from around the base of your trees – regardless of whether they showed signs of leaf curl in spring. Next is time to spray your deciduous trees with lime sulphur.

For the full guide to tackling leaf curl – go here.


Introducing Kakabeak

As we mentioned last month, now is the perfect time to plant natives. The weather has cooled off, but it isn’t too wet just yet – which makes it the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. One striking native you might like to consider growing is Kakabeak. This lovely shrub is actually an endangered plant in the wild and hasn’t been seen in the wild since the 1950s. It produces long, trailing stems that form new plants when they come into contact with soil. It flowers in late spring, summer and produces large white or red flowers (depending on variety) which hang in clusters. Click here to order white Kakabeak or click here to be notified when red Kakabeak is available. And go here to check out the other native plants we currently have available.


Time to fix your lawn

Got some dead patches on your lawn? After the hot summer most of the country had we’re not surprised if your lawn needs a bit of attention like this picture. If you have any weeds or grass you want to re-do it’s a good idea to kill these areas. Next, rake the patches that need fixing to get the dead thatch and anything else that’s undesirable off. It’s a good idea to apply some sort of lawn preparation product (like this one from Tui) that have nutrients and fertiliser to give your seed a good kick start. Sprinkle it over the patches. Alternatively, or additionally add top soil to the areas you’re going to sow to help level the area out. Give it a rake and then water. Next follow the instructions on your lawn seed packet as to how much and often to sow. While it’s germinating remember to water it lightly and often but don’t allow it to pool. And most importantly keep kids, pets and anyone else off it until it’s at least 5cm tall and able to handle the weight.


May is a good time to...

Get your winter veg in – if you haven’t already. And if you have already, keep planting so you have a steady supply. Our mixed veg bundles are great for this. Alternatively plant a cover crop. Brighten up your garden with geranium, wallflowers, polyanthus and more. Mulch around your fruit trees and ornamental shrubs but make sure there is at least a hand span gap around the trunk to ensure your trees don’t get lead collar rot. Get ready to plant fruit trees in June/July.

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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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