Diacks of Invercargill
Wednesday 11th June 2008

Beautiful day in the south. Some sun and some good freash air, what could be better for the garden! We're really in tidy up mode now, all leaves are down and it's time for a final collect up of leaves from gutters and doorways. We've had extra good autumn colours this year with the good dry summer and now it's time to return the leaves to the compost for next springs leaves. First of the seed potatoes have arrived for the keen potato growers that like to get them sprouted. Especialy tunnel houses can produce the first potatos in november. Roses are all go at the nursery this week, our standards are all here, so if you plan a row of iceberg standards up your driveway, now is the time to get the pick of the new seasons plants. Don't forget to stake them. We have a good rose catalogue to order from, and ask for mathews full colour catalouge, it's always good to see photographs of what you are ordering. We're getting set up for shelter tree sales, our sawdust has arrived and a bed organized to heal in our open ground trees. Pines, Macrocarpas,popolars,willows and Nitens gums, all available next week, so get some holes dug and get planting. Lily bulbs are still selling well, especially the good deal on regale lilys, 5 for $9.99. Our celebration lily is still avaliable at $6.99 plus many others. Plant now for christmas colour. This time of year we sell alot of wild bird seed and bird puddings to feed the wax eyes, it's great to encourage the birds, until we plant our first lettuces.

Planting garlic, shallots and last of the spring bulbs and lillies. Compost bins need emptied and filled again. Mulch with compost and peastraw. Plant a few veges in the glasshouse. Repot pots with polys and pansys. They will flower all winter. Keep warm and keep frost tender plants covered with frost cloth.

All Spring flowering bulbs half price.
Wolf - garden anvil secatear. RSEN normaly $39.99, but with this weeks news letter they are only $19.98.

Wild bird feeders, priced from $6.99 to $12.00, over 20 varities to choose from. Well worth a look.
Bird seed fat blocks, only $1.99. Hang this from a tree and watch the birds keep coming back for more, they just love them.

For fish tanks
Hailea internal filters, from only $12.98.
9 Watt UV sterilizer with powerhead. Sutable for indoor aquariums, pumps 200LT per an hour, perfect for reducing disease problems, suspected alges, water cloudness and more. A must for any one that has alge problems, only $56.98, also larger model avaliable that pumps 450LT per an hour.

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: Cyclamen Marvel Pink
Last weeks winner: Lorraine Tilson
Diacks of Invercargill Plant of the week competition


Plum Pork Wild Rice Salad
serves 4

1/4 cup herb vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons diced green onion bulbs
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
8 ounces mixed salad greens, about 8 cups
2 & 3/4 cups thinly sliced carrots
1 & 1/2 cups peapods, slivered
1 6-ounce package white and wild rice mix, cooked as directed but omit butter
10 ounces trimmed roast pork, thinly sliced
8 fresh plums, sliced

For nonfat herb vinaigrette dressing, combine vinegar, mustard, garlic, honey and cornstarch in saucepan.
Stir in 1 cup of water and cook, stirring until thickened.
Stir in green onion, parsley and red pepper.
Chill dressing.
For salad, toss greens with carrots and peapods; turn on to salad plates.
Scoop rice into centre and top with pork and plums.
Drizzle with dressing.
Q: what can you make from baked beans and onions??
A: Tear gas!!