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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, MAY 23, 2013
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Tips for thriving
This column is adapted from
the e-newsletter Get Growing
from New Zealand Gardener.To
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EASY: Few veges are as easy to
grow as Helianthus tuberosus --
jerusalem artichoke Photo: FAIRFAX
DIG UP JERUSALEM
Few vegies are as easy to
grow as Helianthus
tuberosus -- a perennial
sunflower with edible, earthy,
The plants grow up to 2m tall
and have golden, daisy-like
flowers in summer.
When they die down in late
autumn or early winter, you can
start digging up the tubers to
eat -- chuck the stalks into your
Only dig as many as you need
for that night's dinner, as the
tubers soften once out of the soil.
Give them a scrub (or peel if you
can be bothered) and roast, slice
into a gratin, or simmer in
chicken stock to make a lovely
The plants aren't fussy about
soil conditions, though they pre-
fer full sun. Any tubers left in
the soil will re-sprout the follow-
ing spring, so note, they can
PROTECT YOUR PLOT
FROM JACK FROST
Beautiful clear blue days in
late autumn invariably signal
frosty nights ahead, so take pro-
active steps for your plants with
cloth, cloches and grow tunnels.
Frost cloth is cheap, and you can
buy it by the metre from garden
centres and hardware chains.
Even if the temperature
doesn't dip below freezing, pop-
ping a cloth cover over tender
seedlings at night can make all
the difference to their growth.
Remember to lift the covers off
during the day though.
If you still have spuds in the
soil, use a double layer of frost
cloth suspended on stakes above
the foliage, or take this as a
hint that it is time to harvest
If you are sowing crops of baby
beetroot, carrots, radishes or
baby turnips, rig up your own
inexpensive grow tunnels over
the top of the seed trench. Use
bent wire hoops with a strip of
frost cloth over the top. Pinch a
few pegs from your laundry bas-
ket to secure it to the hoops.
Broad beans and peas, both of
which can be sown now, don't
need protecting, as they will still
germinate and grow quite hap-
pily in cold weather, though you
might want to protect them from
Lay twigs or chicken wire over
the seeds after sowing, then
remove when the plants are
10cm to 15cm high, before the
peas' tendrils start clinging to
Insulate frost-tender plants
with mulch or pea straw, but
don't pile it up high around their
stems because wet mulch can
lead to rot. This blanket layer''
ensures the warmth/goodness is
trapped at the root level before
the soil becomes too cold and
ends up unworkable.
Subtropical plants, such as cit-
rus trees and passionfruit vines,
will benefit from a coat of Liquid
It's an organic wax-based
spray that is non-toxic and safe
to use on all edible plants. Spray
once now, and again in six to
with an unexpected frost. Just
keep in mind that it's the thaw-
ing, not the freezing, that does
the real damage to your plants --
so if you can slow down this pro-
cess, you can save your plants.
In the morning, cover frosted
plants with sheets of newspaper
to shade them from the sun's
warmth or spray with a fine
mist of water to break up ice.
Or look for the silver lining:
get out your camera and capture
the beauty of all those frost
crystals sparkling on the foliage
of architectural plants such as
PLANT POTTED COLOUR
Go on -- splurge on seasonal
Plant pansies, calendulas,
cinerarias, iceland poppies and
polyanthus for winter colour,
and get your last spring bulbs
For winter roasts, rosemary,
mint, sage and thyme are must-
haves and they are easy to
propagate for new plants.
Poke rosemary cuttings into
containers of potting mix, slip
sprigs of mint into jars of water
(the stalks soon grow roots) and
divide established sage and
With the exception of mint,
which likes it moist, all of these
evergreen herbs prefer free-
draining soil, so add a little grit
or gravel to the planting hole.
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