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For the week of: Wednesday10th January 2007
WHAT?S BEEN HAPPENING?:
Sounds like we're getting the best weather in the country this week, so get out and make the most of it - almost too hot yesterday, we're not use to it. Insect pests thrive in warm conditions, so be on the look out for greenfly and whitefly one of the worst as it breeds every 4 days! Some plants go to seed on hot days, especially silverbeet, parsley and annual herbs such as Rocket and Coriander, not much you can do except replace them. All plants have a cycle, even the pansys blow out in this heat, this time of year Petunias and Begonias do better. Seed potatoes have sold well this week, most early crops have been dug and now a late crop should mature at easter tomatoes are starting to ripen, don't forget to feed them with sulphate of potash or nitrophoska. Cucumbers and Corgettes need harvested regularly to keep them producing. Vege planting time again, another crop of lettuce and brassicas planted now will mature in autumn or leeks, brussel sprouts and savoy cabbage for winter. Flower gardens need a tidy up, weeds have grown over the last couple of weeks, we still have plenty of Petunias, Marigolds, Lobelias to give colour until the winter.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING?:
Weeding and watering the two main jobs this week, especially pots and barskets, watering is everyday. Weed spraying good chance to spray weeds before they seed. Also spray for greenfly best places to find it. Roses growing in dry sheltered position, Capsisums the first to attract greenfly in glasshouse. Lettuces and Corgettes sometimes it's easier to pick the leaves off or illiminate the plant, especially food crops.
THIS WEEKS SPECIAL:
With this weeks news letter Dahlia tubers are all half price.
THIS WEEKS PRODUCT:
Meta - k. A natural liquid fertilizer, Turf, Shrubs, Trees and gardens.
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 Dwarf Nectarine.
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: Geranium Rozanne .
Last weeks winner: Susan Stretton
SUPERSAVE PET DEPOT:
All cat and dog calanders half price.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
STRAWBERRY & ORANGE GATEAU
Preparation: 20 minutes
Ingredients: 225g cream cheese
4 tbsp caster sugar
Grated rind of one orange
1 tbsp Cointreau
284 ml thickened cream
18 sponge fingers
225g strawberries, hulled and halved
To garnish: mint leaves and strawberries
1. Grease a 2 lb loaf tin and line it with greaseproof paper.
2. Place the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl, and whisk together until light and fluffy.
3. Whisk in the orange rind, liqueur and double cream, continuing to whisk until the mixture thickens.
4. Spoon one third of the mixture into the lined loaf tin and smooth the surface.
5. Spread the sponge fingers with jam (I just dip them into the jam pot). Cover the mixture in the tin with one layer of sponge fingers, lying them lengthways in the tin.
6. Cover the fingers with half the strawberries.
7. Carefully spoon over another third of the cream mixture, smooth the surface, and cover with another layer of jammy sponge fingers and a layer of strawberry halves.
8. Finish with a final layer of cream mixture. Smooth over the surface and chill for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
9. To serve, run a knife around the edge of the gateau to release it. Invert on to a flat serving plate. Carefully peel off the greaseproof paper. Decorate the top with halved strawberries and mint leaves
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
Q: What vegetable does a plumber hate the most?
A: A leek!
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