Wairarapa News : February 6th 2013
27 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 6, 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 • Retains soil moisture. • Helps protect plant roots. • Replaces/adds organic material to soil. • Great source of nitrogen. • Suppresses weed growth • Includes pea straw, blood & bone and powdered sheep manure. 20L $12.30 Or3for $36.00 Why just mulch when you can feed as well !! 4425801BQ CHECK 0UT OUR NEW CHEAPER GRADE BOX HONEYSUCKLE GREVILLIA WHITE WINGS ROCK ROSE Low speading evergreen with small light crinkled grey-green leaves. In spring and summer creamy- white crepe like flowers appear. Can be grown in a pot. Winter flower i ng hardy evergreen. Rich purple pea-like flowers over a long period. Prefers a warm dry sunny spot. Grows: 2.5m x 1.5m. Vigorous large shrub. Slender white fragrant flowers in winter. Hardy. Grows: 2mx3m Strong Healthy Plants Only $8.90 SWEET PEA SHRUB (Polygala grandiflora) Densely branched evergreen shrub, ideal as low hedge. Creamy white fragrant flowers in summer followed by purple-blue berries. Grows in average garden conditions. WE ARE OPEN GardenBarn have Flaming Good Service & Red Hot Products. We would like to let everyone know that we are still open for business as normal despite having a wee fire the other day in one of our sheds $2.90 Large plants SPRAY FREE SWAN PLANTS PLAN YOUR SUMMER SHADE Maples are ideal shade trees. We have an extensive range available for planting now. 4845322AS Great Value, Great Service, Great Range CLAREVILLE NURSERY & GARDEN CENTRE Main Road, Clareville, Carterton Phone: 06 379 8604. Email: email@example.com Beautiful Bottle Brush Plants Plants that thrive in the Summer heat Grown on site in our nursery See us now for a great range of colours, including the seldom available white flowering variety "Anzac". Dwarf varieties also available for smaller spaces Priced from only $9.95 Nature provides an abundance of seeds Seed mines: The abundant inflorescence of the humble carrot. Photo: VICKI PRICE What a goldmine a flowering carrot is. Apart from the tall, elegant umbelliferous flower display, it produces a heap of seed. Many flying insects appreci- ate the flowers -- many useful for pollination around the gar- den -- all thanks to one tiny seed. Carrot seeds on the plant, unlike in the packet, are covered with a set of firm hairs, ready to catch a ride on any ani- mal or woolly jersey that bru- shes past. They can spread themselves far and wide or merely drop below the plant and continue from there. For a cheap way to collect your own seed, a few carrots left to go to seed provide an abun- dance. Parsnips are the same, as are so many vegetables, so if you let the best of them repro- duce in this way, you can supply much of your seed needs. Larger vegetables such as sweet corn and pumpkins may need to be grown in large amounts and away from other varieties to maintain their type qualities. But a lettuce or two, gone-to- seed broccoli or cabbage will give a swathe of yellow or white flowers, also attracting useful insects, and will in time provide you with plenty of seeds. Herbs such as parsley, cori- ander and chives are easy to grow for their seeds. Coriander is one of those plants that provides each step of the way; first leaves for salads then seed for stir fries and curries. Chives provide leaves and flowers for salads, and any not used will set seed, and are worth saving for planting in spring. When collecting seeds from your garden, take paper bags, scissors and a pen with you. Some can be collected straight away when they have clearly dried on the plant and gone brown. For others you may have to beat the birds from eat- ing the lot. Sunflowers are an example of this. You are best to collect the drooping and heavy head of seed and hang it in a dry and airy place. Position the head into a bag and tie firmly around the stem so that mice and birds can't eas- ily get into it and wait for it to dry enough that any seeds that fall out are caught in the bag. You can do this in the garden too, while any seed head is still attached to the plant. A plastic bag tied around the head will ensure seeds eventu- ally fall into your hands rather than dropping on the ground. Just check how they're looking from time to time, especially after rain. Tall stalks of broccoli once browned off and full of seed pods can be cut and stored in a dry dark place. It's fun for gardeners of any age to later package and label seed packets for gifts. Carrots can be sown through summer until about the end of March when the soil tem- peratures start lowering and growth will be slow through winter. So there is still time to grow your own blowzy blooms and collect thousands of seeds. You won't want to let all those good eating carrots go to seed though, so successively sow every two or three weeks and keep watered through dry times. If you've grown peas, lettuce or spinach and these crops have finished, then carrots are good to follow with. Leeks are good neighbours with carrots, as are onions and the herbs, rosemary and sage. They mature in 60 to 80 days with the seed harvest- ing much later.
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