Diacks of Invercargill
628 Tweed Street
849 North Road
PO Box 181
Ph: (03) 2168265
Fax: (03) 2168089
Newsletter for the week of Wednesday 3rd December 2008
WHATS BEEN HAPPENING?:
Another month gone and one left this year and we haven't really had any consistant weather yet. The Tomatoes are starting to set fruit, but still a long way from colouring. There's a few early carrots (baby) ready for picking and white stone turnips are always quick to mature. The early seed potatoes are tasting great with the salad picked from the garden. The first peas are silling the pods and Broad Beans still small, but tastt. Don't you wish you'd put in an early garden. The best trees in flower today are the Cornus (dogwood) There's still some late flowering Rhodos and the Philadelpis (bridal Blossom) will be in full flower for Christmas, great gift with beautiful perfume. Vege plants are still selling well as lettuces and cabbage mature, plant again with winter veges. We sell good sized leek plants in bundles. The main problem with summer planting are the white butterfly, Derris Dust is used mainly, but there are organicsprays available, or even put up a barrier such as netting or microclimate cloth. Time to think about a christmas tree, we have a few live trees, only small, but great to pot on and you could use it for the next 5 years.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING?:
Visiting our gift shop is a must, we have too much stock and need you to buy a gift for the gardening person in your life. We sell vouchers as well so theres always something to suit everyone. Last of the seed potatoes, plant now and small seeds have to go in now to have a chance of maturing.
THIS WEEKS SPECIAL:
Selected bulbs and tubers half price.
THIS WEEKS PRODUCT:
Bye Bye Bugs!
Long term effective control of household pests, no smell, no stains.
200ml Concerntrate, $29.99.
500ml Ready to use, $17.99
SUPER SAVE PET DEPO
100% natural dog treats.
Chicken jurky, 170g was $7.98, now $4.98.
Chicken and pollock, 170g, was $5.98, now $3.98.
Duck jurky 170g, was $7.99, now $4.98.
New range of bird cages, top value, were $99.98, now $69.98..
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: Astelia Silver Spear
Last weeks winner: Colleen Bawden
RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
Spring Rice Salad With Lemon-dill Dressing
* 1 cup basmati rice or long grain rice
* 2 cups vegetable stock
* 1/2 lb green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
* 1/2 lb sugar snap peas, trimmed
* 1/2 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
* 3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 1-2 tablespoon extra - virgin olive oil
* 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* salt and pepper, to taste
* lemon wedge (optional)
* fresh dill sprig (optional)
Prepare rice according to package directions using stock instead of water and omitting salt and butter. Set aside when done.
Meanwhile, chop vegetables and bring saucepan 3/4 full of water to boil. Add green beans and snow peas and blanch for about 4-5 minutes or until desired tenderness. Remove with slotted spoon and let cool.
Add asparagus to reserved water in saucepan and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes or until desired tenderness. Drain and let cool with other vegetables.
In large bowl wisk together lemon juice, olive oil, dill, garlic, salt and pepper.
Add rice and vegetables and toss.
6. Garnish with dill sprigs and lemon wedges if desired.
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
Q: What is a ghost's favourite dessert?
A: Boo-Berry pie and I-Scream