September 2018

Sand and more sand

The nursery has three bores which supply us with water. Two of them are shallow and the water that comes out of them contains lots of iron, it’s good for the plants but tastes awful. The third bore is our best one; it is relatively deep at 160m. When that bore was drilled I was just a young boy and I remember how excited the well driller was when he struck water, the pressure was so great that it gushed out of the top of his drilling rig 15m high.

There was a problem though; the water had sand in it. Before the well was put into service it was allowed to flow freely for 2 days straight. I remember the beach of sand that was left behind.struck water, the pressure was so great that it gushed out of the top of his drilling rig 15m high.

  plant covers at awapuni nursery
That was 40 years ago, since then we have had a small amount of sand coming through which has been removed with our sand filters. Something has changed though and we are getting loads of sand coming up now. We believe the last big earth quake has upset things under the ground. We may have to let the water run freely again for a few days to purge the sand. Wouldn’t it be good if it was gold or silver coming up instead of sand!

Happy gardening,
Henri Ham


What’s new in the nursery

Spring seedlings are starting to become available in the nursery. In the coming weeks look out for our old classics (plus some brand new varieties) of carrots, turnips, kohlrabi and lupin (pictured) all becoming available. Many other varieties of seedling will continue to become ready for purchase over the next three months.

We already have seven varieties of tomatoes available – including dwarf, beefsteak and gold nugget. Six more will be on offer over the coming months. Got a burning question on tomatoes (or anything else) email us here and we’ll do our best to offer advice.

And remember to click on the ‘notify me when available’ button on our product pages if you’re really keen to know when a particular seedling becomes available.

Upcoming garden festivals - WIN TICKETS

Spring into your coming weekends by checking out some of the garden festivals that are on around the country. We like the look of the South Island’s Art in a Garden in North Canterbury 25th – 28th October and also Garden Marlborough on 8th-11th November. In the North Island the Taranaki Powerco Festival is on 26th Oct – 4th Nov and the NZ Flower Garden Show is on 28th Nov – 2nd Dec in West Auckland.
Want to be in to WIN a double pass to “Art in a Garden” in North Canterbury? Click here to enter by emailing your name and location. Draw closes 23/9/18.


Help save the humble potato

The rise of trendy food habits is hard to avoid these days. People are constantly talking about clean eating, paleo, gluten-free and low carb diets. 20 years ago vege smoothies and superfoods practically didn’t exist. At Awapuni we love this. We are pro-vege and have seen on-trend vege like kale seedlings soar over the past few years. But at what expense? Well the guardian seems to think it’s affecting our humble potato. Have a read here.

They share 20 delicious recipes they hope will help save the humble potato.

September is a good time to:

Make the most of the longer days at the moment and get into your garden. Preparing your garden for spring planting is best done now as the soil is warming up and things are coming to life after winter.

It’s time to clear out weeds and give your soil a good turning over. Dig in compost and sheep pallets to fertilise your soil. (check out ZooDoo for delivery bagged garden products)

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Credit: Kuriositas

First timers vege garden

If you’ve never grown vegetables before, or only have occasional luck, now’s the time to give it a decent go. Spring is the perfect time to get your garden beds ready and plant veges. The weather and soil temperature is (or will be soon) warming up which is key for your seedlings success.

We like to think that vege gardening is a ‘more effort you put in the more produce you take out’ scenario. We encourage you to start planning and preparing your garden plot first. And then choose your seedlings. First think - do I want a raised bed? Consider its size, when the sun will hit it and soil quality. Turn compost into your soil and mix in fertiliser prior to planting. Aim to dig over the soil with a hoe down to 30cm. The more effort you put in the better it will be.

Read more for a beginners how-to-guide on making a raised vege garden and what to fill it with (to get the most chance of success).


Dive into salad season

Spring is officially here. And, while I do enjoy winter and I love hearty winter soups and casseroles, I’m really looking forward to some lighter meals now that salad season is right around the corner.

If you also want to enjoy a tasty salad or two during spring and summer, it’s now time to plant some leafy vegetables. I like to stagger my planting of different varieties from now right through summer to ensure I always have some fresh greens to graze on.

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Grow great gazanias

Looking for some easy-care, bright and beautiful flowers to lift your garden spirits? How about growing gazanias to bring some fiery orange blooms to your garden?

With names like kiss orange flame, sunshine and kiss rose, these guys are bold, bright and best of all blooming easy to grow.

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Preserving lemons

Do you have any lemons left on your tree after winter? If so I’d say you either had a bumper crop or are great rationer. I still have a few lemons left on mine. Even after a delicious winter that included some homemade lemon muffins. So, I’m about to try preserving lemons for the first time.

The recipe for preserving lemons seems relatively easy, but I’m less confident in what to do with preserved lemons once they are ready.

What I’ve discovered about cooking with preserved lemons is that you first discard the flesh. It’s just the lemon rind that you use. From here you can whizz them into a homemade salad dressing. Or make a simple pasta dish of olive oil, garlic and finely sliced lemon rind. Many chicken tagines and stews feature lemons in their ingredients. And lastly add preserved lemons to grainy salads like couscous for a citrus taste explosion. How do you use them? Email me to share your preserved lemon delights.

Rebecca - one of the Awapuni team


Let us help you work out what seedlings suit your garden

Feeling green fingered but not sure exactly what you should be planting in your type of garden? Did you know you can search for products at our online shop based on a huge range of parameters?

You can refine the search based on growing conditions (i.e. bee-friendly, full shade, windy), type (i.e. climbing, cottage flower, indoor etc), soil type and colour.

Check it out here on the left-hand side of your screen.

Last month’s winners and feedback

Thanks to Murray from Wanganui who shared his garden recycling tip from last month’s feature and won a $35 Awapuni voucher to spend online. Murray told us “I cut the power cords from old kitchen and household appliances to re-use as garden ties. After removing the plug, they are ideal for use on larger garden plants, particularly young trees as they are strong, gentle on the trunk and do not rot.”

Congrats to Victoria from Wellington who won a $35 Awapuni voucher just for being signed up to our online specials and offers newsletter. Love a special and not signed up yet? Then click here to never miss an Awapuni nurseries special.

And thanks to those who shared ideas about keeping the ducklings away from the seedlings at the nursery. We received ideas including kite flying, just growing more plants so there were enough for the ducks and getting a dog. Well we already have a dog – Alvin (pictured). As you can see he is the same size as a duck so isn’t much of a deterrent!


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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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