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Upper Hutt Leader : June 29th 2011
13 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 29, 2011 gardening TIPS green growing Upper Hutt green fingers gardening competition sponsored by Mitre 10 Mega Upper Hutt 9 Park Street Ph 527 2227 Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 7.00am - 6.00pm. Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 8.00am - 6.00pm As winter kicks in and most people bunker down indoors, our green finger enthusiasts are popping on their wooly hats, rolling up their sleeves, sliding on their garden gloves and venturing outdoors to get started on the ga rden. July - Beginning of the Gardening Year Time for Planning & Preparation Back to Basics: If you are wanting a stunning and plentiful garden, one of your most important tasks is building a good soil. The four main types of soil are sand, clay, silt and loam. Although majority of gardens will contain all of thee above, usually one particular soil predominates your garden. Knowing your soil type can really help with your planning and preparation, giving you much needed answers like: how much water and nutrients can be stored in the soil, soil drainage, how much air space the soil has, what lives in the soil and what type of plants will grow. A real benefit to any garden is adding decomposed organic material. This improves the soils balance, texture and water-holding capacity. Fertilizer is another vital step to keep the condition in your soil. Looking after the condition of the soil will help in the long r un, increasing microbial life, reducing diseases, bringing earthworms and enhancing soil texture. The average garden is used time and time again and therefore plant nourishment must be replaced. In a new garden compost won't supply enough nitrogen to feed your plants. Do not attempt gardening without using fertilizer. GREEN FINGER TIP: Organic material will break down over time, so add it continually to your garden. If you don't have one already it may be time to start your own compost bin. GREEN FINGER TIP: Fresh manure can burn young plants. Preparation, Pruning & Planting: It's time to think about what juicy mouthwatering fr uits you want to be enjoy in summers to come and plant your fruit trees. Don't forget the broad selection you have - citrus, apples, plums, nectarines, apricots, peaches and so much more. Prune any fruit /deciduous trees or roses while the garden is dormant. Using secateurs cut on a 45 degree angle just above each growth bud, follow them up with a spray of copper oxychloride and conqueror oil to protect from over wintering pests and diseases. Mixing the two sprays together saves you time having to do the job twice over. Check manufacturers' details. Remove infestations of lichen on trees and roses with a spray of lime sulphur as this is used to kill the fungus that makes up half of the lichen. Trim back perennials and divide overgrown clumps. If you have planted a green crop of lupin/ mustard or oats then these can be dug in now, July is a great time to cultivate any empty spaces. You can sow in seed trays of sweetpeas, pansy, primula, snapdragon, diantus, cor nflower, delphinium and calendula and get those strawberry plots ready and start to plant strawber ries. Winter seedlings of cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli can be planted, keep watch out for hungry slugs/ snails. Early potatoes may also go in now. Ridge them up regularly and carefully to protect from the frost. As gardeners we try to avoid our friend Jack Frost. He can cause problems but he also does have some benefit. Frosts help keep the soil friable, they also help heighten the flavours of our more hardy vegetables - parsnips, swede, trurnips etc. Frosts reduce the population of a wide range of garden pests. GREEN FINGER TIP: Pruning is very important in the early stages of a fr uit tree as you want to let light in the tree and develop the framework which will support your fruit crops. GREEN FINGER TIP: Ensure you have some frost cloth available to drape over those tender plants. Sheets of cloth are available in pre-cut or cut-to measure lengths from our Mega Garden Centres. GREEN FINGER TIP: Sun is a vital need for a fruit tree. When selecting a sunny spot to plant your fruit tree also aim for an area where your tree will be sheltered from strong winds. GREEN FINGER TIP: When removing diseased wood make sure you cut below the diseased section into the healthy tissue and remove all waste completely. Either burn or throw in r ubbish bin. Never put clippings into compost or leave lying around to re-infect. GREEN FINGER TIP: If your garden needs watering only do it during the morning. Watering in the after noon doesn't allow the plants enough time to dry out and therefore the plants will get mildew and other nasty types of fungus, as well as frost damage. July is the time to get your "green fingers" working in your garden as the work you put in now will make things much easier down the track and your gardens will thank you for it. Keep well, keep green and keep an eye out for our August issue. Happy Gardening! Tui Organic Compost 40L $1020ea or2for $1700 141873 Kiwicare Organic Copper Oxychloride 200g Was: $9.68 Now: $750 166777 Organic Copper Oxyis registered pursuant to the ACVM Act 1997 No.P8393 Kiwicare Super Spraying Oil 250ml Normally $13.58 Now: $10 113444 Organic Super Spraying Oil is registered pursuant to the ACVM Act 1997 No.P7401 3743995AA July 25% EXTRA Offer is available at Mitre 10 Mega Upper Hutt Only" Available from Wednesday 29th June - Monday 4th July 2011, while stocks last.
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