Diacks of Invercargill
628 Tweed Street
849 North Road
PO Box 181
Ph: (03) 2168265
Fax: (03) 2168089
Newsletter for the week of: Wednesday 8th October 2008
Wednesday 8th October 2008
WHATS BEEN HAPPENING?:
Changeable weather this week, imagine how the plants feel. Ten days and counting down until our centennial celebrations. Make sure you keep October 18th free and visit our Tweed st shop to join in our big weekend. Our book will be for sale as will our Diacks centennial Rhododenron. We also have sweet petite dwart cherry and a tomato with the same name grown especially for our centennial year. Many or our suppliers will be in store, so it's a good chance to ask them some questions. Flowering cherries are looking great. if the wind would calm down. Maples are breaking into leaf now and the crab apples are flowering. It's a good time to look over the rhodos and camellias as they will flower now for another month, depending on the variety. Seed potatoes are still selling well, we are down on some varieties, we are on the last of the heather and desiree. We still have yam seed for sale, it has been in short supply this year. Tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes are selling well at the moment, although this cold change has left gardeners considering, is it to early? Plenty of fert going out at the moment, good time to get that out while it's raining. We have fertilizer for all plants.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING?:
Sowing small seeds now. Main crop potatoes, all red varieties such as
Red King, Red Rascal, Van Rosa, and Desiree, plant now. Leaf crops such
as lettuce ect are ready to be planted now also.
THIS WEEKS SPECIAL:
Lawn whell edger, only $24.98.
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:
Grosouth Tomato food, half price offer with this weeks issue of the Diacks Newsletter.
Easy to use.
Long term feeding.
SUPER SAVE PET DEPO
Nutrience original adult large breed 20kg food.
Cat flaps from only $14.98
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:Ceanothus Blue Carpet
Last weeks winner: A Brass
RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
Boccone Dolce (Sweet Mouthful)
Meringue Layers (see recipe below)
6 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate pieces
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons powdered (confectioner's) sugar
3 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced*
2 pints strawberries, sliced; sugared
Chocolate Curls (for garnish)
* I also like to use mixed berries, such as fresh raspberries and blackberries.
Make Meringue Layers. Melt over hot water the chocolate pieces and water. When perfectly smooth, remove from heat and cool (but don't let harden).
In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff; gradually add powdered sugar and then vanilla extract.
Slice two pints of strawberries: One is used between cake layers, the other is sliced, sugared and refrigerated to produce more juice. The sugared berries are served as a sauce. Save several whole berries for garnish. Slicing Tip: Use your egg slicer. Stem the strawberries first, then slice just like you would a boiled egg. Much quick than using a knife.
To assemble, place a meringue layer on a serving plate, rounded side down. Spread a VERY THIN coating of chocolate over it. NOTE: GO EASY on chocolate - too much will make it impossible to cut cake!
Top chocolate with a layer (about 3/4-inch thick) of whipped cream. Top cream with a layer of sliced berries. Place a second layer of meringue on top of this, and repeat filling. Top with final meringue, rounded side up, and frost sides and top smoothly with remaining whipped cream. Additional cream may be used to pipe a design onto sides and top of cake.
Refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with several whole strawberries and chocolate curls.
Makes 8 servings.
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
Q: What do you call a stolen yam? ?
A: A hot potato !!