Wednesday 2nd July 2008
WHATS BEEN HAPPENING?:
A couple of good frosts this week has reminded us that it's winter and some snow on the ski fields to keep the skiers happy. It's shelter tree time for us, our Lorneville branch has all our supplies healed into the sawdust bed. We can supply and plant if required, any shelter belt, supply advice, and fertilizer tablets to give the best results. All our roses and new seasons rhododendrons have arrived now, so be in to collect orders and get the pick of the new plants. Still plenty of Lilies and Peonys for sale and Polyanthus are looking extra good in the cooler weather. Vegetable gardens are a bit quiet at the moment, but it's worth planting something in the tunnel house, even if it is in a pot so it can be moved outside when it's tomato planting time. Lettuce will improve now with the longer daylight increasing. Asparagus crowns have arrived today if you need a few new plants or are considering establishing a bed. Asparagus takes a couple of years to produce, but will perform for twenty years. There is a few camellias in flower now, especially the Sasanquas, good for screening or hedging.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING?:
Pruning time is almost here, make sure
you have a good supply of spraying oil, copper, pruning paste, a good pair of
secateurs, loppers and a sharp pruning saw, it can save your secateurs. Keep warm
and have a final sweep up of some leaves.
THIS WEEKS SPECIAL:
Spring flowering bulbs all 50% off now.
Remember anyone requiring large
amounts of top quality ornamental trees, now is your opportunity to purchase bareroot
at the very best prices. Strictly first in, first served basis. Check out www.diacks.co.nz
and follow the link on the main page for details.
THIS WEEKS PRODUCT:
Bioset sprout propagator. The easy, successful way to grow fresh healthy succulent sprouts in your kitchen all year round.
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35LT pine bedding 2 for $12.98
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Compare our prices, you'll be pleased you did.
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: Ceanothus Blue Cushion
Last weeks winner: Alison McAlister
RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
Glazed Carrots With Onions
Glazed carrots, a carrot recipe with butter, carrots, onions, ginger, orange juice, and currant jelly.
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 8 carrots, cut in 1/4-inch slices on the diagonal
* 2 medium onions, quartered and sliced about 1/4-inch thick
* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/4 cup orange juice
* 1/4 cup currant jelly
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* fresh chopped parsley for garnish
In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add carrots, onions, and ginger. Cover and cook, stirring, for about 7 to 10 minutes, until just tender. Stir in the orange juice, jelly, and salt. Cook, uncovered, for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender and nicely glazed with the jelly and orange juice mixture. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley just before serving.
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
Q: Why do French people eat snails?
A: Because they don't like fast food!!