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Brighton Village Pharmacy
Open Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5:30, Saturday 9 - 5:30, Sunday 10 - 4
Ph 388 9546
Now at 183 Shaw Ave
Brighton Village Pharmacy Advertising Feature
By LYNDA HALLINAN
CITRUS CARE: Keep citrus trees fed and watered.
This column is adapted from the
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Spice up your salad with mustard
1. SOW RED MUSTARD
Spice up your salads -- and add
a splash of metallic red to your
vege patch -- with Giant Red mus-
tard or the milder Deep Red,
which is fabulous for baby leaves.
Mustard germinates in less
than a week, so if you sow it this
weekend, you'll be picking it by
the end of the month. It's best
harvested young, as the old leaves
are as fiery as Colman's English
If you've got empty garden beds,
you can also sow white mustard as
a cover crop or as green manure.
Keep it moist and you can plough
it in within 4-6 weeks, adding
valuable organic matter to your
soil prior to autumn planting.
2. WHAT TO SOW NOW
If you've got a good supply of
water, keep sowing autumn and
winter crops. Warm night tem-
peratures mean most seeds germi-
nate rapidly, in less than 10 days.
Sow direct, if possible, as the soil
is warm and it saves you fussing
Sow winter crops of carrots, cel-
eriac and beetroot in free-
draining, cultivated soil. Don't
add fresh manure, or you'll end up
with twisted or forked roots. It's
not too late to sow swedes, par-
snips or leeks -- sow them now and
you'll have baby leeks for spring.
Keep sowing brassicas, from
turnips to kohlrabi, plus all the
staples such as broccoli, cauli-
flowers and cabbages. Protect see-
dlings from the white cabbage
butterfly caterpillar -- drape fine
net curtain fabric over your trays
or rows to act as a barrier.
Spinach and silverbeet can be
sown now to tide you through aut-
umn and into winter.
Sow celery for soups, but only if
you can keep the soil moist. If cel-
ery struggles for water, it tends to
succumb to rust or bolt straight to
Sow salad greens. Keep sprink-
ling mesclun mixes in rows for
easy snipping and cut-and-come-
again lettuce varieties.
Sow radishes with slower grow-
ing crops such as carrots. The rad-
ishes will be ready in a few weeks,
and when you harvest them, you'll
be thinning your carrots at the
All Asian greens, from bok choy
to kai laan, can be sown now.
Chinese cabbages such as cone-
headed wong bok are fast growing,
and when finely shredded make a
delicious change to standard
coleslaw in summer. Add a simple
dressing of rice wine vinegar, a
little sugar and minced ginger or
In warm, frost-free areas, you
can sneak in a late crop of dwarf
beans and another round of zuc-
chini. Plant seed potatoes too.
3. HARVEST TOMATOES
Getting impatient with your
unripe tomatoes? Don't panic.
Though cherry tomatoes start
ripening as early as Christmas,
the big beefy types can take until
mid-February to redden their
cheeks. If it seems like you've
been staring at green toms for
months, they'll come right soon.
Fertilise and water regularly.
WELCOME BACK: Unichem Brighton Village Pharmacy has re-opened in a new location at 183 Shaw Ave.
Carolyn Oakley-Brown and the team
at Unichem Brighton Village
Pharmacy would like to welcome
back loyal customers to their brand
new location on Shaw Ave.
''We also look forward to getting
to know our new customers, as we
are now the only community
pharmacy in the Brighton area that
sells health and beauty products,''
says Carolyn, owner and pharmacist
of 30 years.
''Being open seven days is a big
benefit for customers too.''
After moving out of the New
Brighton Mall because of earthquake
damage, the business operated from
''our cramped corner'' at Union St
''We moved into our new,
spacious store in December, where
my highly qualified staff provide a
range of services, including medicine
contraception, smoking cessation,
and other healthcare advice.''
Unichem Brighton Village
Pharmacy also has a brand new
digital photo lab, where digital
prints, film processing, data storing
and passport photos are available
The beauty range of cosmetics,
hair and skincare is extensive,
including natural health and an
appealing gift section.
The skincare ranges include top
New Zealand brands such as Olive,
Moreish, Trilogy and Lindon Leaves.
''We also have exceptional
designer fragrances, including Marc
Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Jimmy Choo
and Yves St Laurent.''
The pharmacy now has circulation
boosters in stock and is currently
offering 50 per cent off L'Oreal and
Unichem Brighton Village
Pharmacy, which is open seven days, is located at 183 Shaw Ave, New
Brighton, phone (03) 388 9546.
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