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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, MARCH 14, 2013
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Lush veges: It is time to sow or plant silverbeet.
By LINDA HALLINAN
Be ready when rain finally arrives
SOW WINTER GREENS
It's officially autumn, which
means it's time to get cracking
and sow or plant winter greens
such as silverbeet, kale, spinach,
miner's lettuce and corn salad.
All of these greens can be sown
direct, but there's not much point
unless you can keep them moist in
the weeks prior to and immedi-
ately following germination, so
sow in trays instead.
They'll all be ready to trans-
plant by the end of this month --
and surely the rain clouds will
start co-operating by then.
Fordhook Giant'' is the
silverbeet by which all others are
judged, but if you're not a fan of
its chunky white midribs, try the
spinach lookalike Perpetual
Every year, the Herb Federation
of NZ (www.herbs.org.nz) picks a
handful of herbs to celebrate.
For Herb Week, they've chosen
totara, hawthorn and saffron.
Totara (Podocarpus totara).
Native totara smoke was once
used to treat skin and venereal
diseases, while the leaves help
soothe haemorrhoids (as an
extract -- we can't imagine it'd be
very comfortable to pop their
needle-like foliage into your
The bark can be used to relieve
fever, while the antioxidant-rich
berries relieve constipation and
make a nutritious jelly.
monogyna), a popular hedge for
early settlers, is a bit of a roadside
weed -- but with a purpose.
A scrubby small tree, it has
scented white spring blossoms
followed by dark red berries in
autumn. Hawthorn has been
shown to improve heart blood flow
and lower blood lipid levels.
It's also anti-inflammatory.
Pick the haws to make a ruby
Saffron (Crocus sativus).
This autumn-flowering crocus is
the source of the world's most
Saffron has grass-like leaves
and purple flowers with three
bright red stigmas.
Native to India, the Balkans,
and the Mediterranean area,
saffron is a hardy, bulb-like corm
that needs well-drained soil in
The flowers are picked as soon
as they open in order to harvest
and dry the pistils.
The bulbs are hard to find,
but Mapua Country Trading has
limited numbers each Christmas
-- make a note in your garden
Sharpen your loppers and tackle
summer pruning your stonefruit
trees. Any tree that has finished
fruiting -- be it a plum, cherry or
a peach -- can be reined in now
to make harvesting easier
Don't go over-
board and hack
off too much of
year's growth or
you'll affect the
summer, but if
you need to tidy
up your trees,
this dry spell is
If you've planted
or sown broccoli,
and cabbages for
them from white
Use physical barriers of fine
mesh (or net curtains) or use
caterpillar-specific sprays like
Kiwicare's Organic Caterpillar
BioControl or Success Naturalyte
from Yates. Or search out
SAVE PIPS AND PITS
Fancy raising your own fruit trees
for free? Raising trees from pips,
pits and stones can be a lucky dip,
as seedling trees won't necessarily
have the same traits as their
parent. However, if you've got the
space to play with, there's no
harm sowing apple, pear or quince
pips, or peach and nectarine pits.
Many old varieties (such as the
Blackboy peach) will come true
from seed, so if you eat a particu-
larly sweet and juicy fruit, there's
no harm sowing the pit.
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