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the week of:Wednesday 1st August 2007
WHATS BEEN HAPPENING?:
Beautiful day for the first of the month, we hope it's a sign to come maybe an early spring? The frosts have done a good job breaking the ground up, time to dig it over now and work in the compost. Raised beds and tunnelhouses are warming up, maybe risk planting a few seed potatoes. Black plastic over top will keep the ground warmer and frosts off. The first supertoms are due in this week for the keen early growers, some gardeners start one in a pot and keep it inside at night. Flower gardens are abit cold yet. The spring bulbs are looking through and the pansys and polys are the best colour at the moment. Still lillies to plant for summer colour and a few peony tubers available. Fruit trees are still arriving, we're expecting our apple tree supply this week. Plenty of sheltertrees available. Our sawdust bed, houses, all our open ground plants and others in pots at good prices for bulk purchase. Still a few half price fruit trees out on special, good plants from last years stock.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING?:
Time to start planning the vege garden.Make sure you have the potatoe patch a good space away from your small seeds such as carrots and parsnips, as the potato crop will crowd them. Hardy veges such as beans (broad) and peas can be planted now. Onion plants, Garlic and Shallots can go in to spring Cabbage and Lettuce is probably better under a cloche. Exciting times ahead so make sure you get into Diacks for a look around, especially as we have over 20 varieties of seed potatoes Ask Ray, it's his speciality.He's been growing spuds for 70 years!!.
THIS WEEKS SPECIAL:
20% off all lilly bulbs with this weeks issue of the Diacks weekly newsletter.
THIS WEEKS PRODUCT:
Atlas traditional secateur, for heavy duty.
FRUIT OF THE WEEK COMPETITION:
Diacks have a new section to our weekly newsletter. There will be a fruit of the week and you are able to win this tree/bush just by entering your favourite recipe for this fruit. This is open to all across New Zealand and will be couriered free of charge to the lucky winner.
This weeks recipe is for walnut
Last week winner was:
PLANT OF THE WEEK COMPETITION:
Take a look at the plant attached below and if you recognise it e-mail us with your answer. If you are the first to guess correctly you will win!
Last weeks answer: Ranunculus
Last weeks winner: Alison McAlister
SUPERSAVE PET DEPOT:
10kg clumping cat litter with activatted carbon.
$22.00 for 2 or $16.00 each.
Selection of fish tank ornaments, heavily reduced.
e.g $16.98 now $4.98
$10.98 now $2.98
RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
Plum and Apricot Cobbler Recipe
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut plums into quarters, then cut each quarter in half crosswise. Cut apricots same way. Put fruit in 2-1/2-quart shallow earthenware baking dish. Sprinkle on 1/2 cup of sugar. Grind tapioca in food processor until fine, then sprinkle it over plums. Toss to coat fruit. Set aside.
Put flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tablespoons of remaining sugar in food processor. Cut butter into 6 pieces and add it on top of dry ingredients. Process until butter is in pea-size pieces. Add cream and process until dough is soft and crumbly. Take dough out and press it together with your hands.
On lightly floured surface roll dough out to inside dimension of your baking dish. Lift it with your fingers spread wide underneath and place it over fruit. Tuck in any edges that stick out; dough doesn't have to lie smooth. Brush top with water and sprinkle on remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Make 4 slashes in dough to allow steam to escape.
Put cobbler in oven and immediately turn temperature down to 350 degrees F. Bake until top is firm and lightly browned and fruit is bubbling around edges, about 35 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temperature, plain or with lightly whipped unsweetened cream or vanilla ice cream.
Yield: 12 servings
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
Q: How do you compare apples and oranges??
A: By their nutritional value.!
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