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FINANCIAL LITERACY WORKSHOP
MWDI and MWWL invite you to attend
Venue: Te Puawaitanga Otautahi Trust,
153 Gilberthorpes Road, Hornby, Christchurch
Date & Time: Thursday 6th December
9am (Whakatau/Morning Tea) -- 1.00pm
"Learn how to manage your money well"
Budgeting/Managing Debt/Setting Goals
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fruit by now.
By LYNDA HALLINAN
1 CELEBRATE NEW ZEA-
LAND'S WINNING ROSES
Okay, so you can't eat rose
bushes (though you can make rose
petal jam and crystallise the
petals), but every vege garden
should have room for a few
flowers too. Think of them as food
for the soul.
The 2012 New Zealand Rose of
the Year winners have been
announced and they are:
2012 New Zealand Rose of the
Year, Best New Zealand-raised
rose and Best Hybrid Tea: My
Girl', bred by Dr Sam McGredy.
Best Climbing Rose and Most
Fragrant Rose: Climbing Black-
berry Nip', bred by Rob Somer-
Best Floribunda: Honeymoon',
bred by David Benny
Children's Choice: Star Qual-
ity', by Rob Somerfield. Order
from garden centres.
2 PLANT FRIENDLY COM-
Plants don't always get along
with each other -- just like people.
Some plants bring out the best in
their close bedfellows while others
just rub each other up the wrong
Companion planting can also
mean arranging your garden so
that no crops compete for light,
space or nutrients. (An example of
this is to avoid growing carrots
and parsnips together as they're
both root crops vying for the same
soil space.) Here are some classic
combos to get you started.
Tomatoes do well beside basil,
borage, brassicas (except kohl-
rabi), carrots, mint, chives, pars-
ley and onions. Keep them away
from beetroot, fennel, potatoes
Keep garlic away from
peas and beans. It's
happy to befriend par-
Beans like carrots,
spuds, sage, cabbage
and lettuces, but prefer
to keep their distance
Pumpkins will scram-
ble happily next to
sweetcorn, but not
Silverbeet likes beet-
root, marjoram and
Peas are content
beside everything bar
Grow beetroot with
onions, peas and
silverbeet, but keep it away from
Carrots combine well with cori-
ander, cucumbers, leeks, onions
and tomatoes, but not potatoes or
Cucumbers like basil, beans,
and lettuce, but not spuds.
Radishes love corn, lettuce, peas
Potatoes can be planted with all
brassicas, eggplants, corn,
parsnips and peas, but keep them
away from cucumbers, tomatoes,
pumpkins and celery.
Onions like beets, carrots,
strawberries, but not beans or
Flowers are friendly for many
crops as they bring in beneficial
insects or lure bad bugs away.
Phacelia attracts hoverflies
and cleome is a magnet to
green vege bugs, enticing
them away from crops.
3 FEED YOUR TOMATOES
Tomatoes planted out last
month should be flowering and
setting fruit by now.
Keep your plants thriving by
feeding fortnightly with a liquid
tomato food (or any fertiliser
that's designed for fruiting
plants). Don't use a general ferti-
liser with too much nitrogen, as
this promotes an excess of soft leaf
growth instead of meaty summer
fruit. Water tomato plants regu-
larly, but never during the heat of
the day -- early mornings are best.
If you grow your tomatoes in
containers, it might be a good idea
to water twice a day.
4 PLANT MORE CUCUR-
Keep planting zucchini, cucum-
bers, gherkins, melons and pump-
kins. All these heat-lovers relish
good, rich, deep soil and loads of
food and water. Shelter newly
transplanted seedlings from the
wind, as they have tender foliage.
5 CHECK YOUR SEEDS If
you're a seed hoarder (who isn't?),
try to sow at least some of what
you have before you buy more.
Check seeds in storage for insect
infestations or rodent raids (mice
are sneaky at hollowing out large
seeds). As a general rule, you can
ignore the best before'' dates on
seed packets, as most seeds
remain viable for years.
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