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Get your garden winter-ready
This column is adapted from the
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Celery is a must-have for winter soups and
stews but it can be quite temperamental
It's usually quite slow growing in autumn
and winter, but spring and summer crops
can quickly go to seed or turn tough and
bitter in dry weather.
At this time of the year, it's too late to
raise celery from seed, but that's no
big deal: a punnet of seedlings will see
Plant celery in free-draining, compost-
enriched soil in full sun. Protect seedlings
from slugs and snails, and feed weekly with
liquid fertiliser to promote fast growth
before the weather really gets cold.
You can mound up the soil (or use mulch)
around the base of the plants too, to keep
the bottoms of the stalks crisp and white.
Celery is good value, as you can keep
picking, stalk by stalk, for several months.
Always pick the outer leaves by twisting
them off at the base (the same applies
Don't cut the stalks, as the stumps left
behind can rot down into the crown of
When your plants eventually go to seed
in summer, leave one or two to develop
ripe heads, as I've found that celery self-
Although we only tend to use the stalks
of celery, the leaves are full of flavour too.
Save them for making your own veg-
etable stock, or dry them (as you would
herbs, either in a low oven or in a fruit
dehydrator) and crumble them into jars of
rock salt to make your own celery salt.
PLANT HARDY GREENS
Silverbeet, kale, cabbages, onions, kohlrabi
and leek seedlings are still available in gar-
den centres, so buy a few punnets and get
them in the ground if you haven't already.
CHECK YOUR DRAINAGE
With all the rain that's fallen lately, it
might pay to identify any potential problem
areas where water is pooling.
Waterlogged soil is the number one cause
of poor winter growth. The roots of plants
need oxygen. Help seedlings survive by
mounding up the soil before planting, or dig
trenches to channel water away.
If you laid mulch around plants during
summer, it's a good idea to scrape it back
from the main stems/trunks now.
BRING IN BEES NEXT SPRING
Prepare a bee-friendly spot in your garden
to fatten up hungry bees come spring. To do
this, you'll need to choose plants with lots of
nectar and pollen.
Wildflowers are a good option and you
can sow them in strips or blocks around
fruit trees or on street verges.
An easy option is to sow Wildflower
World's Pollinator Mix''. This blend of
seeds has more than 16 species, to bring
beneficial bugs to your garden.
You can also plant herbs to attract bees.
Any plants that have blue flowers are par-
Try lavender, borage, echinacea, rose-
mary, bee balm (monarda), thyme and
globe artichokes for starters.
Pet of the week
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their pet for our Pet of the week
contest. The best photo will be
published each week in the
Christchurch Mail and the winner will
receive a $20 voucher from Bishopdale
Pets. To enter, email a large photo with
name and telephone number to
should be at least 500kb in size.
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