Diacks of Invercargill
628 Tweed Street
849 North Road
PO Box 181
Ph: (03) 2168265
Fax: (03) 2168089
Newsletter for the week of: Wednesday 2nd Oct 2008
2nd October 2008
WHATS BEEN HAPPENING?:
Everything is on hold in the garden, with a change in temperature. The plants curl up in the cold. Especially cucumbers and courgettes. The potatoes respond to some rain as do the peas and beans. Broad beans are flowering already. Plenty of blossom trees out now. Now is a good time to bring in a piece, if you need your favourite tree identified. We have spreaders, weepers, upright varieties with plenty of colour for all situtaions. The golden elms are flowering too as are some crab apples, so now is a good time to plant while we are getting some rain. Make sure you stake and fertilize your tree at the time of planting. We've had some good weekend weather to encourage the vege gardeners. Most have a row of potatoes in now and are looking for main crops. Main crop peas (onward) are good to plant now too, and for those that like yams, seed is available. Flower plants are growing every day. We have some good livingstone daisy plants ready now, lobelias for borders and baskets and lots of others for garden plots. Bulbs at the moment are Dahilas and Gladioli to flower in summer. We also have Begonias in all colours and varieties. The raised garden beds are all doing the job our plants are thriving, come and see the benefits of our hooped covers and the microclimate produced in our compost filled beds.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING?:
Make sure everything that needs tied up or staked should be as in this
wind soft growth is quickly destroyed. Early detection of bugs on roses
is a must. fertilizer applied now produces best results with rain and
growth, especially Rhododendrons and Camellias..
THIS WEEKS SPECIAL:
Lillies bulbs all half price.
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:
Sick of your small pressure sprayer not working properly or is it broken?
Solo professional multi purpose pressure sprayers from only $29.99.
Buy quality at an affordable price.
SUPER SAVE PET DEPO
Twin pack. Aqua plus 237ml and cycle 473ml only $26.98.
Ceramic ecolife cubes were $15.98, now only $3.98.
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:Sweetpea Spencer mix
Last weeks winner: Judith Paulin
RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
2/3 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Powdered (confectioners) sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square pan. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, place apricots; cover with water and slowly boil 10 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, and cool. When cool, chop into small pieces; set aside.
In a food processor, mix butter, sugar, and 1 cup flour until crumbly. Spread mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until light brown; remove from oven.
In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, gradually beat brown sugar into eggs; add to four mixture and stir until well combined. Mix in vanilla extract, nuts, and apricots; spread onto top of baked layer.
Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned; cool completely in baking pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars and then roll in sifted powdered sugar.
Yields 2 dozen bars.
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
Q: Where do bees go to vote ?
A: The pollen Booth !!