Central Leader : January 12th 2011
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For bookings call 373 2060 www.spiritofadventure.org.nz aily. 2 3 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland. 0800 80 50 50. Open 9.30am daily. 23 Tamaki Driv O k i Our new Sand Tigers have arrived. See them for yourself - if you dare! SAVE 10% - Book today at kellytarltons.co.nz KEL0503STAKL The sweet taste of success By DAVE BRADSHAW Amazing: Plant sweetcorn in full sun, making sure it is sheltered from strong winds, Dave Bradshaw says. Hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and your garden didn't suffer too much from the heat. The weather in November and December was very hot and mostly dry which made the garden produce their crops early but also keep an eye out for blight from the humidity. A useful idea is to start a diary of the happenings in your garden because they will provide useful records when looking back in future years. My top tips are: Citrus need to be well watered for the production of healthy fruit Mow your lawns higher than usual. This helps con- serve moisture and keeps the grass greener You can plant marigolds around your vegetables to stop dogs from urinating on them Plant cleome as they act like a magnet for vegetable bugs, keeping them off your beans and other vegetables Plant nasturtiums to deter whitefly Add water retention crystals to your baskets and pots to keep them moist If you have scale (insect pest) on your plants, dip a toothbrush in a weak solution of vinegar, oil and water then brush the scale Bees are not easily attracted to capsicum flowers so to increase pollination, plant lav- ender or thyme close by Chop up rhubarb leaves and put pieces in the bottom of the planting hole for brassica seedlings to help deter club root Watch out for mites (pests) on your container plants, infected leaves look a little yel- low with a fine speckled pat- tern and you will need to use a miticide. For the vegetable gar- den: Remember to harvest your courgettes otherwise they will grow into marrows Now is the time to plant seedlings of beetroot, carrots and lettuce Sow seeds of broccoli, cab- bage and leeks in a tray for transplanting later Sow directly into the ground, beans, peas, radish and parsnip Feed tomatoes weekly with a tomato liquid fertiliser avail- able from garden centres and remove laterals (side shoots) from your tomato plants, this will ease congestion and result in good fruit size Side dress plants with sheep pellets and/or blood and bone Soak the garden twice a week, watering in the morning to avoid sunburnt leaves Time to harvest garlic now -- plants are ready when their foliage goes brown. For the flower garden: If you prune roses lightly after flowering it will promote more flowers Pinch out the tips of chrysanthemums, this helps to make bushier plants Time to sow alyssum, ager- atum, and violas Mulch and keep plants weed free Dead head dahlias and ferti- lise plants to encourage more flowers. Plant sweetcorn in full sun making sure it is sheltered from strong winds. They like a soil rich in com- post and manures which will encourage plants to grow fast and produce well. Traditionally sweetcorn was intercropped with beans and squash -- a combination that benefits all three vegetables. Plant runner beans to climb the corn stalks and plant squash around the base. You can also plant peanuts near the sweetcorn as it helps reduce the number of corn ear- worms (caterpillars). Start checking your corn for ripeness when the silks turn brown by pressing a fingernail against one of the kernels, if the sap looks milky then it is ready and you can twist the cobs away from the stem with- out causing any damage. Next month I will be discussing oregano. Dave Bradshaw is head of the Manukau Institute of Technology's school of hor- ticulture and landscaping. MIT delivers fulltime horti- culture programmes at its Otara campus and at Unitec's Mt Albert campus.
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