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For the week of:21st of February 2007
WHAT?S BEEN HAPPENING?:
We were involved with the Home and Garden s\Show at the weedend, always interesting.
Still getting some warm days and time to do some watering. Flower gardens
have changed this week. Most summer annuals have finished and we have moved
on to Pansys, Stock and Wallflower for spring flowering. Polyanthus will flower
earlier for colour in the winter, Best colour at the moment are the Cushion
Mums. $5.99each. Best buy are budget shrubs in 1 litre pots, $5.00each or 3
for $10. Vege plants still in demand. Gardens have more space now, once the
potatoes are dug. Plant Silverbeet, Cabbage, Cauli, Broccoli and Leeks for maturing
over the winter. Spring bulbs are arriving everyday, Iris reticulata, something
extra special and very popular. Be in soon to get those. Hyacinths always a
favourite and don't forget to grow one in a glass jar for the window sill.
Agapanthus are in full flower at the moment. We have all varieties and sizes,
purple cloud the darkest and grows up to 1.8m, Peter Pan only a miniature..
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING?:
Tidy up time. Some shrubs could do with a trim and perennials cut back. Lawns need a check for weeds. Dont cut them too short with dry weather as they can burn off and that lets room for moss to grow. Roses need dead headed and even a light prune to keep them tidy. Weeds and pests are still reproducing so do regular spraying to control those. Have a good week in the garden.
THIS WEEKS SPECIAL:
20% off all outdoor garden lighting with this weeks letter.
THIS WEEKS PRODUCT:
Lawn and soil insect killer Best time of year to apply it now. Kills grass
grub, Carrot rust fly and Porina caterpillar. Only $9.99.
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 favoutie recipe for this fruit. This is open to all across NewZealand and will be couriered free of charge to the lucky winner.
This weeks recipe is for Olive
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: Hyacinth.
Last weeks winner: Helen Musson
SUPERSAVE PET DEPOT:
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RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
What you will need
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons water
1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
3 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (extract)
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 cups cream, beaten and sweetened
3 ZESPRI? GREEN Kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
What to do
Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F)
In a large stainless steel bowl, add the egg whites, salt and water. Whip until stiff. Slowly add the sugar while whipping, then sift in the cornflour, add the vanilla and vinegar.
On a non-stick baking sheet or waxed paper, shape the mixture into an 18 cm (9 in) round and 5 cm (2 in) high disk. Place in the oven and turn off. Leave for 6-8 hours.
Remove from the oven. Decorate with cream and ZESPRI? Kiwi fruit slices.
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
Q:What do you call a lazy Kangaroo?
A:A pouch potato!
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