Monthly Tips & Tasks – November

Monthly Tips & Tasks – November

Fruit & Vegetables, Lawns, Monthly Tips & Tasks, Summer Gardening, The Flower Garden, Uncategorized

Unfortunately Covid-19 is still restricting us from meeting. As I write this I do miss the personal contact at the monthly meetings, but the plants carry on regardless!

One advantage of the restrictions is we have plenty of time to spend in the garden and be up to date with every thing that needs to be done. My garden is coming along with many of the new plants now in their second year starting to grow as I’d hoped. I have been putting photos of some of these as they begin to flower on Facebook have a look here.

Weeds just do not have a chance in my garden, it is as if I am waiting for them to grow so that I can hoe them out instantly.

This month plants will begin to grow rapidly so it is important that we get on with the planting and sowing of all the summer vegetables and flowers.

Fruit trees will benefit from some fertiliser and spraying for pests and fungal diseases. Stone fruit may need to be thinned so that good size fruit will develop.

Rosemary

Rosemary

Herb of the Month, News & Events, Plant Forum, Trees & Shrubs

Rosemary The plant’s botanical name used to be called Rosmarinus officinalis but it was decided by the RHS in 2019, the plant is now to be called Salvia rosmarinus, following research that shows it’s a salvia (in the sage family). Rosemary is the herb of remembrance.  The scent of the needle-like leaves seems somewhere between the tang of … Read More

Edible Flowers

Edible Flowers

Blog, Fruit & Vegetables, Herb of the Month, News

Edible Flowers With spring blooms starting to colour our gardens after winter, and many of us planting seeds for the coming season, I am excited to propagate a very special set of edibles in my garden – flowers. Edible flowers have seen a revival in interest in recent years as celebrity chefs and home cooks … Read More

Bouquet Garni

Bouquet Garni

Fruit & Vegetables, Herb of the Month, Uncategorized

A bouquet garni, which is French for a  “garnished bouquet”; is a bundle of more pungent or  “robust”  herbs which  release their flavor during a  slow cooking process.  It is mainly used to flavour soup, stews and stock.  In contrast,  “fines herbes” are a combination of fresh chopped  fragrant herbs, such as, parsley, chervil, tarragon, and  chives. Fine … Read More

SGM – Constitution Amendments

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Special General Meeting Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting of the Canterbury Horticultural Society Inc., (CHS) will be held in The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens on Thursday 12 August 2021 at 2.30pm. The reason being to present an updated constitution for Members’ approval. Please find the documents for consideration below CHS Constitution … Read More

Herbal First Aid Kit

Herbal First Aid Kit

Blog, Herb of the Month, News & Events

At our July 2021 meeting, we had a very informative talk by local Naturopath, Rachael Stott.  Rachael was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her mid-30’s.  As a means to better her health she studied Naturopathy and became a Naturopath  and medical herbalist . Rachael lives in Temuka and travels once a month to Christchurch and … Read More