National Chrysanthemum Show 2021

Autumn Gardening, Events, News & Events, The Flower Garden

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 – April

Autumn Gardening, Monthly Tips & Tasks, News, News & Events, Plant Forum, The Flower Garden, This Month in the Garden

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 – 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.

Ramblers June/July

Blog, News, News & Events, Ramblers

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

Ramblers Restart

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Ramblers restart Restarting Ramblers post covid-19 lockdown was a delight as 22 turned out to ramble through parts of Fendalton, this included three new faces. Everyone wanted to see a new area from the area they had been walking in while lockdown exercising. After a good frost and a bright sky the group started out … Read More

Monthly Tips & Tasks – May

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May is the month that we see the days getting much shorter and cooler so we need to get the gardens ready for the coming winter.

There is not much to do in the way of seed sowing and seedling transplanting but we can plant trees and shrubs so that they can make new roots and get established before the colder wetter ground of the late winter. Once the leaves have finished falling we can think about pruning fruit trees and getting the sprays on for pest and disease control in the coming growing season.

The last of the spring bulbs should now be planted; be careful to mark were they are so that you do not damage them when weeding near the time that they will be emerging. read more

Fruit & Vege Deliveries

Blog, Fruit & Vegetables, News & Events

Home deliveries There are still a few options for getting your fruit and vegetables delivered in Christchurch – without the wait times of the big supermarket chains. We’ve come across a few that might appeal to our members. If you hear of any, or would like to share your experiences do let us know so … Read More

Why be a Kiosk Volunteer

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My friend Joan Leary and I have been Kiosk volunteers since the inception. Most people are rostered on once a month but we come every second Monday and we really look forward to It. We are on the morning shift from 10am-1pm and the time goes really fast. We see the seasons gradually change as … Read More