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Upper Hutt Leader : August 3rd 2011
15 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 3, 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 we near the end of winter and the weather begins to warm up our Green Finger enthusiasts are leaping full force into their gardens. It is now a busy time for planting and prepa ration. Plan your time wisely, get out there and get STUCK IN!!! SOIL & LAWN: It is important to make sure the soil in your garden is in its best possible condition before the spring planting gets underway. Dig in generous amounts of compost as well as any leafy green crops like mustard or lupins, don't wait until they are too big. Letting them get too big makes it trouble for them to break down. The aim is to dig them in before they flower & while stalks are soft and green. These can take up to 6 weeks to decompose so don't dig them in too deeply. Continue to fertilise. GREEN FINGER TIP: Weed Control: Make sure you keep levels of weeds in your garden at a minimum as weeds compete for valuable nutrients. Sta rt fertilising the lawn; if using a general fertiliser make sure you water it in well and spray exisitng lawns with a lawn weed killer to remove the broadleaf weeds. You can treat moss by using iron sulphate. If you are establishing a new lawn, Tui Lawn Preparation Mix is ideal to use as it is not only a high quality blend of fine bark and clean graded sand but is 100% weed free. Plus the added fertilisers and essential nutrients ensures the lawn has the perfect base for a healthy and fast growth. Just like a house, when building a lawn you need a good foundation. FRUIT TREES & PRUNING: August is a good time to plant new citrus and deciduous trees, however, make sure your soil is in a good condition and that you stake your newly planted trees in order to protect them from the wind. Fertilise all fruit trees, spreading evenly over the root zone. Take care to keep away from the trunk as this could burn and damage the tree. It's your last opportunity to complete rose pr uning and prune most deciduous fruit trees, except for peaches, plums, nectarines and almonds in time for spring growth. It is also a good time to prune grapes and kiwifruit and follow everything up with a combined mixture of copper oxychloride and conqueror oil to save yourself doing the same job twice. This prevents fungal and bacterial diseases. GREEN FINGER TIP: If you like blueber ry muffins why not try and grow your own blueberries in a large pot? Tasty Blue, Blue Dawn & Blue Magic are now available & very suitable for large pots. Feed twice a year with slow release fertiliser & keep up the watering during fruiting or the fruit will drop. Try planting in raised beds - plastic, wooden or metal. These are tidy, improve drainage and increase warmth. GREEN FINGER TIP: Compost: Applying layers of well-rotted compost around fruiting trees has great benefits. It not only warms the soils but also adds nutrients and helps keep away weeds all at the same time. GREEN FINGER TIP: Beginning to Ripen: Your early season oranges and mandarins will now begin to ripen. GREEN FINGER TIP: Fruit Trees: Before growth starts make sure you remove any mosses or lichen. VEGTABLES: There are a number of vegetables you could be adding now, to keep your kitchen garden growing. SOW: Cabbage, lettuce, carrots, sugarsnap peas, onion, silverbeet, broccoli, asparagus, parsley and rhubarb. If you want fresh home grown strawberries to eat on Christmas Day, these can still be planted. Mulch with straw/pea straw, dried leaves and keep feeding them. Don't forget to feed existing ones as well. SPRAY: To prevent ring spot, chocolate spot & downy mildew, spray with copper oxychloride on cabbage, cauliflower and broad beans. Make sure you keep an eye out for those pests aphids, lemon tree borer, slugs & snails. Talk to our team at Mitre 10 Mega to choose the pest control product to suit your needs. POTATOES: Potatoes are great with so many meals and there is such a variety of seed potatoes to chose from now. Roasting: Rua, Agria & Moonlight Boiling: Purple Passion, Nadine, Jersey Benne, Cliffs Kidney Mashing: IIam Hardy, Agria, Moonlight Growing in Buckets: Purple Passion, Rocket, Cliffs Kidney Christmas Day Goodies: Maris Anchor, Swift, Cliff Kidney & Jersey Benne You should now be planting your seed potatoes. They need to be sprouted before you plant them in the garden. Lay them in a sunny place for 7 - 10 days until the eyes sprout. Plant your seed potatoes about 10cm under the surface of the soil, with the shoots facing upwards. Once the shoots start appearing through the ground, mound up soil to cover them up again, this makes them more resistant to frost and encourages a larger crop. GREEN FINGER TIP: Make sure you have good drainage where you grow your potatoes and that your soil is in a good condition. Tui Vegetable Mix and Tui Potato Food are recommended. Well green fingered gardeners, we best leave you to get stuck into your gardens and prepare for spring. Remember if you haven't entered our gardening competition yet, fill out a form today or see in store for details and GET GROWING!!! Tui Lawn Fertiliser 8kg$1498 SKU: 131798 NO Weedkiller 500ml Con No L/Weeds T/Clean Was $27.99 Now: $2099 SKU: 114463 3743995AB August Tui Organic Compost 40L $1020ea or2for $1700 SKU: 141873 25% EXTRA Offer is available at Mitre 10 Mega Upper Hutt Only" Available from Monday 1st August - Wednesday 31st August, while stocks last. HELP GROW UPPER HUTT Enter in the GREEN FINGERS GARDENING COMPETITION today! Entry forms available at the businesses below.
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