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There are signs of spring everywhere in our city and district! Many trees buds are swelling and as the days lengthen more plants come into bloom.


There are signs of spring everywhere in our city and district! Many trees buds are swelling and as the days lengthen more plants come into bloom.

It is time to divide up perennial and herbaceous plants such as, peonies, daylilies & hostas, which have become congested. Replant the outside parts of the plants and throw out the centre portion.

Time to plant strawberry plants, passionfruit, raspberries, citrus.

Time to plant deciduous fruit trees such as apples, pears, cherries, apricots, nectarines, plums, walnuts, hazelnuts & other fruit trees. If limited for space, try family tree planting, check out this link http://www.waimeanurseries.co.nz/how-to-guide/family-tree-plantings-four-trees-in-one-hole/

Continue with successional planting of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, planting brassicas now they will be ready before the damaging white cabbage butterfly caterpillars become predominant during summer.

Time to cut down & dig in green crops that have been grown in spare areas of the vegetable garden, applying garden lime as the crop is dug in will aid decomposition in preparation for planting later.

Glasshouse plantings of tomatoes can be made but be wary low overnight temperatures can be fatal to young tender plants.

Time to purchase, sprout and plant seed potatoes, for spuds to boil or roast on Christmas day! New growth on planted potatoes should be earthed up to protect from possible frost damage.

Spray peaches and nectarines with Gro Safe Free Flo Copper spray to help prevent against leaf curl, do it now and again just as the flower buds are about to burst.Time to fertilise many garden plants, citrus, fruit trees, camellias, rhododendrons and roses.

Be on guard and protect plants against slugs and snails which can cause severe damage to young seedlings & other plants

Time to treat lawns for moss, use yates moss killer and fertiliser which in one treatment removes moss and strengthens the remaining grass.

Time to plant magnolias; one of the most striking of the early flowering trees. The range is extensive with many varieties a great array of tulip flower types and the magnificent evergreen types.

Choose your site for planting a magnolia very carefully, as they resent being moved or transplanted once they are established, especially deciduous types. Avoid overcrowding them in your garden and do not cultivate ground under them as their fleshy roots are often near the surface and should not be disturbed. Plant them in a full sun position, sheltered from strong winds and where the roots can be kept cool. They enjoy moist rich free draining soils just slightly acid (say ph 6.5) with plenty of organic matter added such as peat moss, well rotted animal manure & organic compost.

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