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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thurs December 10 2015
38 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, December 10, 2015 www.times.co.nz Cnr Pigeon Mountain & Pakuranga Roads, Pakuranga. Ph: 09 534 6847. Open 7 days from 8.30am. Offers available till Sunday 20th December, while stocks last. www.palmers.co.nz 0800 PALMERS 11170 Baby Blue Spruce Usually $29.99 Cnr Pigeon Mountain & Pakuranga Roads, Pakuranga. Christmas Li'l Sprouts Range From $6.99 Mini Moth Orchid Was $34.99 30% OFF Conditions apply Outdoor Furniture $29. 99 Give a living gift $24.99 From $6.99 30% O FF Mini Christmas Tree Upload a picture of your garden (vegetable, fruit or flower garden) on our Facebook page and earn the chance to WIN A $100 GIFT CARD! Summer in the garden – with Palmers Pakuranga The sun is shining and Christ- mas is almost upon us but it is still a great time to be planting before the silly season arrives. Sow your favourite seeds such as ageratum, cosmos, cyclamen, rudbeckia, salpi- glossis, and zinnia and plant seedlings such as chrysanthe- mum, dianthus, gypsophila, portulaca and salvia for a gar- den filled with colour. Roses and perennials can still be planted, but make sure that any new plantings are well watered. Lift your spring flowering bulbs once the leaves have died down completely, being careful to store them in a cool dry place. A layer of mulch around the base of garden shrubs will help conserve moisture and protect roots from the hot sun – espe- cially rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias – and regularly dead head roses to encourage new blooms. For those who love container planting, be very vigilant when it comes to regular watering during the warmer weather. Installing an in-ground watering system with a digital timer saves water and makes watering easy, but if you are watering by hand, the best time is early morning or late afternoon to ensure the plants get the most water they can in the soil. Plants in containers will dry out quickly in hot or windy weather, so add some Water- wise Water Storage Crystals to the soil to help them sur- vive infrequent watering while you’re away on holiday. For the kitchen garden, December is a month of rapid growth so ensure you pay attention to watering, weeding, feeding and spraying. You can still sow seeds directly into the soil like beans, beetroot, parsnip, swedes, radish, lettuce, spinach and sweetcorn, and sow every two weeks so you can enjoy a regular supply of your favourite veges throughout the summer months. Protect your plants from caterpillars with Derris Dust or Organic Caterpillar control, and if whitefly is a problem try sprinkling Neem Granules around the plants. Protect courgettes and cucumbers from powdery mil- dew with Champ DP or Copper Oxychloride, organic sulphur will also do the trick. Tomatoes will be really thriv- ing at this time so make sure you feed your plants at least once a week with a fast acting liquid feed such as Seasol or an organic fertiliser. Remove any side growths (laterals) on tall tomato varieties as they grow, and ensure they are firmly staked for strong, healthy plants. Feed your fruit trees now for bumper crops to come, and always water well to prevent fruit drop. Protect your pip and stone fruit trees with a copper spray or fungus fighter to prevent fungus diseases, and keep cit- rus trees healthy with a copper spray to prevent verrucosis and leaf curl. Lastly, raise your trusty lawn mower up a level for the length of the summer season – the shorter your lawn is cut, the quicker it will dry out. Adding some fast acting lawn food such as Palmers Lawn Fertiliser or Scott’s Lawn Builder will help keep lawns even greener – and water in well. Palmers Pakuranga Corner Pigeon Mountain & Pakuranga Roads, Pakuranga Phone 534 6847 Tomatoes. Photo supplied T&Cs: Visit the Times Online Facebook page www.facebook.com/TimesOnlineNZ. Go to the PHOTOS section. Click on the ALBUM tab and look for the, I ‘LIKE’ your garden, album. Open this album and click on the daffodil image. In the comments box (to the right of the image) describe what makes you so proud of your garden. Don’t forget to upload the photo of your garden by clicking on the camera icon in the same comment box. The person who receives the most ‘LIKES’ by January 14, 2016 will win the $100 gift certificiate valid at Palmers Pakuranga. The name of the winner will be posted on the TIMES ONLINE Facebook page on January 15, 2016. Participants must be 18 years old or more. Employees of Times Newspapers, and Palmers, and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.
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