Marlborough Mid-Week : July 16th 2014
GARDENING garden will no doubt have slowed down somewhat. There are always jobs that need doing though and July is a good month to dig over any vacant ground. With the trees losing their leaves it’s a good time to collect up fallen leaves and dig them into the soil for the worms to digest. Remember that ground with lots of worms in it is healthy and provides good nutrients for your plants. Alternatively you can put leaves into a compost heap for next years compost. There isn’t a huge amount of planting going on at this time of year but July is a good time to plant garlic. This is the time to prune roses Winter gardening tips W e are well into winter and although it has been fairly mild the vegetable GARDENING WITH PHIL Philip Cresswell in preparation for the spring growth. Remove long spindly growth as well as week and dead branches, making sure to leave the top most bud after pruning facing outwards. Roses enjoy chopped up banana peels buried in the ground around their base. This year I am going to try and grow some potatoes in a bale of straw or pea straw. Hopefully by the time I want to dig my potatoes the straw has rotted into the soil and hopefully the potatoes come out clean. In the past I have found bras- MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, JULY 16, 2014 15 sica crops planted in the middle of winter seem to struggle as the hard frosts cause them to go to seed. Mid-August is a good time to plant brassica again. This is the time of year I get all my garden tools together and give them a good clean-up with a wire brush to get rid of all the dirt and rust. I then rub the metal parts down with an oily rag and sharpen any cutting edges. On the wooden handles I rub raw linseed oil to protect the wood and help stop splitting and splinters in your hands. Well-looked after tools can last a very long time and will keep working hard for you. I have found that stainless steel tools like spades and push hoes seem to lose their sharp cutting edge more quickly. Time to cut: July is the time to prune your roses. While it isn’t essential, they respond well if pruned correctly as the weaker and dead stems are removed, leaving only the most vigorous stems. The basic garden tools you need for an average garden are a spade, shovel, fork, rake, push hoe, swan Photo: FILE neck hoe, loppers, secateurs, hand trowel, hand fork, good garden line and a watering can. Alyssums Gifts, Home & Kitchen CROSSWORD YOUR STARS TOP 10 THE TOP 10 1. Who, in 2007, became the first senior British royal to receive a New Year’s honour? 2. What was the most popular name for newborn girls in New Zealand in 2013: Charlotte, Olivia or Grace? 3. Who famously said “An army marches on its stomach”? 4. What does the DC stand for in Washington DC? 5. In which sport did New Zealander Thomas Heeney excel? 6. “The Liberty Bell” march was used as a theme tune for which TV series? 7. In 1918 in Britain, women over what age were conditionally given the vote: 21, 25 or 30? 8. Who had a 1966 UK No.1 hit with These Boots are Made for Walking? 9. King George IV gave which Maori chief a suit of armour when he visited England in 1820? 10. What did Wilhelm Röntgen discover to help medical science? Kitchen “must-haves” in store now! SUDOKU NZ CROSSWORD 5846742BA Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 4513063AO 1. Zara Phillips, 2. Charlotte, 3. Napoleon, 4. District of Columbia, 5. Boxing, 6. Monty Python’s Flying Circus, 7. 30, 8. Nancy Sinatra, 9. Hongi Hika, 10. X-rays.
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