Monthly Tips & Tasks – May 2015

May is the start of many tasks around the garden to prepare for the coming Winter. With shorter days gardening time is reduced but do remember to keep your Winter garden safe. Treat paths and decks for moss and keep leaves off drives and paths where they may become a hazard, especially when wet. Cut back the branches of overhanging […]

Monthly Tips & Tasks May 2014

Flower Garden Carry on with bulb planting. Remember many bulbs do just as well in pots. Plant Spring flowering plants such as polyanthus, primulas, pansies, poppies and forget-me-nots. Lift dahlias and begonias after frosts, cut back the tops and store in a cool dark place. Cut back by about 1/3 chrysanthemums as the flowers finish. Rake up leaves off paths […]

Monthly Tips & Tasks April 2014

Flower Garden As summer flowers pass their best remove them and prepare the ground for planting for Winter/Spring flowers like pansy, wall flowers, polyanthus and violas. Now is bulb planting time. Choose good firm unblemished bulbs and plant as soon as possible so they get a good start. Sow sweet peas now in good deep dug soil to get a […]

Fruit & Vegetable Garden Time to plant winter veggies like cabbages, cauliflowers and broccoli. Any ground that is going to be vacant you can think about putting a green crop in – lupins, barley and mustard all help to improve the soil structure. Keep picking tomatoes and removing lower leaves to encourage fruit to ripen. Fruit Trees – after harvesting […]

JULY  –  ALL ABOUT GARDENING With Michael Coulter Overall, temperatures for winter 2013 are likely to be above average, with warmer temperatures in Canterbury.   However, don’t be fooled, as frosts, cold snaps and even snow conditions should be expected in many areas from time to time.  That’s just typical of winter.  We have had a lot of rain, but the […]

MAY 2013 ALL ABOUT GARDENING With Alan Jolliffe Michael is away on chrysanthemum duties so I’m in the hot seat this month. The only reason I have a laptop with me is that I’ve left my papers at home. In your garden  – autumn.   ‘What a mess’ This is the time to think…….what did I like in the garden last year?  […]

August – All About Gardening With  Michael  Coulter It was good to see a book on New Zealand’s Native Trees was crowned New Zealand Post Book of the Year at a recent gala dinner in Auckland.  Seven years work, more than 100,000 four-wheel drive kilometres and countless hours walking in dense forest paid off for two Wellington writers. New Zealand’s […]

JUNE – ALL ABOUT GARDENING With Michael Coulter The scheduled All About Gardening meeting for Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 was cancelled due to heavy snowfall.  Official figures showed that Wednesday was Christchurch’s coldest day on record.  The cold snap we are experiencing is a hangover from Wednesday’s heavy snow, when the maximum temperature at Christchurch Airport in the official 24 […]

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