Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards 2021 Results

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Congratulations to all our gardeners Once again a fabulous selection of gardens featured in the Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards. The assessors really enjoyed meeting all the new gardeners, catching up with the previous year’s entrants and along the way, gleaning some great ideas to apply to their own gardens. A special congratulations to the Special … Read More

Monthly Tips & Tasks – April

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April is the real month of autumn when the trees put on their spectacle of coloured leaves. Although we are approaching the end of the growing season for summer fruit, vegetables and flowers, we still have time to prepare the ground for the autumn planting of trees and shrubs.
This is a busy month for bulb planting and for winter annuals such as pansies, violas, polyanthus, primulas, wall flowers, forget-me-nots and poppies.

Monthly Tips & Tasks – March

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This month is the transition from summer to autumn and a very busy time in the garden. Nights are cooler and morning dew is on the grass. 

Pip fruit harvest time is here with apples and pears at their very best. Choose only the very best, sound fruit for storage over the winter and the second quality fruit for now, or to make into sauces or jelly.

Monthly Tips & Tasks – February

Monthly Tips & Tasks

February heralds the beginning of peak harvest time for most of our fruit and vegetables that were planted in Spring and early Summer before Christmas. The flower garden will be blooming as the dahlias, begonias, perennials and Summer annuals reach their showy best.

Monthly Tips & Tasks – December

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The longer days of Summer are here along with the warmer days and nights which means plants will grow rapidly. There are many tasks in the garden that will need to be attended to on a regular schedule.
We have had some useful rain in the last month but not enough to sustain good plant growth so watering is needed. Watering is best directed to the areas of the root zone of the plants and given a good soaking so that they may need to be watered about once every 10 to 14 days dependant on how hot and windy the weather has been.

Monthly Tips & Tasks – November

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As I write this it has been raining overnight (18mm) which is the first real rain that we have had over the last month, the plants will really appreciate this and it will mean a few days without the need to water the garden.

I noticed that some plants are showing signs of significant frost damage which is causing the leaves to be rather distorted. This may appear as if the plants have been harmed by a herbicide, given time they should grow through the damage.

The frost may have also caused the fruit set on stone fruit plants to drop so it may be a light crop this year.

Monthly Tips & Tasks – October

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Spring has now arrived and in my garden plants are really moving into growth. The weather has been on the dry side with only 4mm of rain at the time of writing, for August we would expect 40mm so it is dry. The Spring bulbs will need to have some water if this dry spell continues so that they can grow well and be in good condition to produce flowers next year.

The apricot, peach and nectarine are in full flower now which is about 2 weeks earlier than usual so hopefully there will not be any hard frosts that can damage the flowers. The soil is now dry enough to dig over and work up to make a good friable soil ready for seed sowing or the transplanting of seedlings. read more…

Ramblers July / August

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In late July fourteen Ramblers met at the city Bus Exchange on a bitterly cold morning to walk some of the central city laneways. For many, getting there was a novel journey travelling by bus into the city – a new
experience. Leaving the Bus Exchange we walked along Tuam St to Manchester St making our way to the walkway behind Environment Canterbury to Mata Lane and back out to Tuam St. Heading towards Colombo
St to re-join the walkway at what was known as Mollet St past Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School and onto Durham St. From here to Tuam St again, onto Lava Lane and Greenway Lane to Montreal St from there
to the Memorial Wall walk to the Riverside Market to weave through walk ways to emerge into Cashel Mall.

Monthly Tips & Tasks – September

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Spring has now arrived and in my garden plants are really moving into growth. The weather has been on the dry side with only 4mm of rain at the time of writing, for August we would expect 40mm so it is dry. The Spring bulbs will need to have some water if this dry spell continues so that they can grow well and be in good condition to produce flowers next year.

The apricot, peach and nectarine are in full flower now which is about 2 weeks earlier than usual so hopefully there will not be any hard frosts that can damage the flowers. The soil is now dry enough to dig over and work up to make a good friable soil ready for seed sowing or the transplanting of seedlings. read more…

Ramblers June/July

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Winter Rambles A misty day greeted ten Ramblers on the 23rd of June. Starting from The Kiosk in the Botanic Gardens where nature had created interesting sculptures in the shrubbery the group continued along Armagh St rambling along to Victoria Square. A bleak looking area on a not so nice day in Winter. A Weeping … Read More