Wairarapa News : January 30th 2013
17 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 30, 2013 GARDENING GardenBarn is full of Quality Plants, Garden Products, Seeds, Compost, Potting Mixes, Mulches, Flower And Vege Seedings. 179 High St, Masterton Phone 377 7946 • firstname.lastname@example.org OPEN 7 DAYS 8:30am to 6pm SPRAY FREE SWAN PLANTS $2.90 Large plants Get your plants established before the caterpillars arrive. Strong healthy plants all set to burst into growth. 4425801BP HEAT LOVERS COPROSMA KIRKII VARIEGATA AUSSIE ROSYMARY ESCALLONIA RUBY COPROSMA BLACK CLOUD Fast growing and hardy. An excellent spreading Coprosma which colours up to a deep bronze/black in the colder months. Great ground cover. blooms consistently. Produces Masses ruby/ pink trumpet shaped flowers. Ideal for quick fillers or hedges. Easy to grow. Honeybees and many other beneficial insects love them. Low speading evergreen with small yellow & green leaves. Excellent dense ground cover. Use as a natural weed supressent & mulch. Pale bluish- mauve flowers in winter, spring and summer. Neat plant which seems to thrive in most soils and aspects. Prefers drier spots, full sun. 1.5m x 1.5m Strong Healthy Plants $8.90 The silk tree makes an IDEAL SUMMER SHADE These are in flower around town now. The Albizzia is an excellent fast growing shade tree. Plant now to establish before winter. PLAN YOUR SUMMER SHADE WHILE THE HEATS ON. WE HAVE AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF SHADE TREES READY FOR PLANTING NOW. Compost improve soil structure and revitalise your garden with Daltons compost • Grows bigger, better and healthier crops • Contains Gypsum for improved plant and soil health • Enhances the availability of nutrients to plants OUR PRICE! 3 bags $27 120 litres YATES SUCCESS The answer to your pest problems! Controls a wide range of caterpillars including: diamond back moth, white butterfly, tomato fruitworm and leafroller. Low toxic formulation. Unusual Hydrangeas with Flair Grown on Site in Our Nursery Great Value, Great Service, Great Range CLAREVILLE NURSERY & GARDEN CENTRE Main Road, Clareville, Carterton Phone: 06 379 8604. Email: email@example.com Hydrangea paniculata 'Kyushu' • Other varieties available • Lush healthy plants in flower Only $16.90 each • Unusual species with deep green velvety foliage • Gorgeous mauve flowers Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee' • Stunning Oak leaf variety • Big bold plants Only $15.95 4845322AR Hydrangea villosa Only $18.95 Bug killers in pantry Garden pests don't take summer holidays. Instead they delight in ravaging your plants as if you had planted them solely for their pleasure. You may be reluctant to bom- bard these plants with chemical- based pesticides -- not out of con- sideration for the wellbeing of Doug the Bug but because you are spraying vegetables or fruit you wish to eat. Compromise provides an acceptable solution. For the most part, you prob- ably have the ingredients to wage war with Doug in the cupboards of your kitchen -- and, after you have mixed them, the only victim will be Mr D. Bug. Who would have thought that some of the components you use in the preparation of your even- ing meal could be used as a lethal weapon against unwanted pests? Garlic, onions, cayenne pep- per, chillis, parsnips, rhubarb, vinegar and -- if possums are bothering your roses -- lapsang souchong tea may all conspire to deter destructive creatures from chewing prized plants. If you wish to discourage aphids and other pests from making a meal of your roses, finely chop one onion and two medium cloves of garlic. Put the ingredients in a blender with two cups of water and blend on high. Strain out the pulp. Pour the liquid in a spray bottle and spray a fine mist on rose bushes, making sure to coat both tops and bottoms of the leaves. For a general pesticide, puree three hot green chilli peppers, two or three cloves of garlic in a blender. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and add three quar- ters of a teaspoon of liquid soap and three cups of water. Stand the mixture for 24 hours. Strain out the pulp and spray onto infested plants, coating the tops and undersides of leaves. Aphids and other soft-shelled insects will be repelled by soapy water (not detergent). Prefer- ably use a soap that is based on caustic potash and not caustic soda. Mix well until frothy. Chilli spray containing equal volumes of chilli and water will deal to caterpillars. Ensure you avoid contact with eyes and skin. Opossums will be discouraged from nipping rose tips if you make a strong brew of lapsang souchong tea and spray rose bushes with it. White butterflies and caterpil- lars will vacate brassicas if sprayed with a blend of one part vinegar and three parts water, mixed with one teaspoon of detergent. Mulch essential for summer crops Whatever your water supply, use as much water as you can spare. Crops such as tomatoes and beans cannot cope with drought -- if they become too stressed, they will stop fruiting and be far more susceptible to pest and disease problems. When water is scarce make tough decisions: Sacrifice crops that are past their best (such as peas, which hate heat) and take a tough love approach to others (courgettes may wilt in the heat of the day but soon perk up again). And mulch with what- ever you have to conserve soil moisture. Watch for tomato trouble This hot, humid summer spells fun for tomato pests and diseases. Here are five common problems. Cracked/splitting fruit: Cherry tomatoes split out of their skins if overripe or over-watered. Large-fruited varieties can also split if they get too much water as their ripe skins cannot stretch. Mineral deficiencies can also lead to splitting fruit -- side dress plants with a fertiliser that contains magnesium and potassium. Blossom end rot: Are your tom- atoes rotting at the base -- the blossom end, not the end attached to the stalk? Inconsist- ent watering is to blame. It cau- ses a calcium deficiency. The good news is that this only affects individual fruit, not the whole plant. Pick any damaged fruit, feed plants with liquid fer- tiliser and use mulch. Healthy new fruit will soon follow. Holes in your fruit: Blame the tomato fruit worm. (This cater- pillar prefers corn, so Ruud Kleinpaste advises a sacrificial crop of corn nearby.) Use caterpillar-specific but safe-for- everything-else sprays. Tomato/potato psyllid: This aphid-like insect sucks sap and infects plants with bacteria, causing sickly yellow foliage and small, mutant fruit. Spray with Neem every five to seven days. Blight: In wet, warm weather, this fungal disease spreads rap- idly. Do not use a sprinkler on your plants, and ensure good air flow. Liquid Copper, Yates Tom- ato Dust or a general fungicide can slow blight's spread. Remove and dispose of badly diseased plants but don't com- post them.
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