Diacks of Invercargill
628 Tweed Street
849 North Road
PO Box 181
Ph: (03) 2168265
Fax: (03) 2168089
Newsletter for the week of: Wednesday 24th Sept 2008
24th September 2008
WHATS BEEN HAPPENING?:
Spring equinox last monday and with it the usual wind. This week our construction team arrived to put up our new tunnelhouse. Good temperatures and some rain, so everything is growing. Seedlings are the main sales at the moment, we are working over time to keep up the supply. Our tunnelhouse is running at full capacity and so are our staff. The raised garden beds have been very popula as have the cedar garden sheds, both worth investigating if you're thinking of a new vege garden or shed. Blossom trees and Magnolias are in full flower, a good time to buy those, when you can see what colour you're getting, especially the magnolias, we have twenty five varieties. Last week for the jersey benne potatoes to go in for christmas, they need 90days for maturity. Same with Christmas peas, plant now. Tomato plants, cucumber, corgettes are selling well, could be early enough yet, but we never know in southland if we're going to get last frosts, you can cover them with frost cloth. Lily bulbs are all out at half price and Gladioli and Dahilas are at their peak. Annuals are growing everyday, there's a good supply of most varieties. Livingstone daisies still the early favourites along with pansies, petunias and lobelias, the best for borders.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING?:
Lawn mowing and fertilize with top dressing and moss control. Keep an
eye out for the first pests, greenfly on the new rose shoots, and broad
beans. Slugs and snails are usually the first to appear in the vege garden.
Time to plant a few fresh strawberry plants and herb gardens need some
attention, plant some now.
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:Marigold, Janie tangerine
Last weeks winner: N and C Hort
RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
garlic greens stir-fry
Stir-frying captures the flavours of vegetables brilliantly. Begin by cooking denser vegetables (those that take longer to cook e.g. broccoli or celery) and add less dense vegetables towards the end of the cooking time (e.g. leafy ones). If the pan starts to dry out just add a sprinkling of water to keep it nice and moist. The vegetables used in this recipe are interchangeable - use whatever is in season or try new ones.
6 cups assorted green vegetables (e.g. sliced courgettes, leeks, asparagus,
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
Stir-fry the vegetables and garlic in oil for 8-10 minutes or until tender but still slightly crisp. Add the honey and vinegar and toss well to ensure the vegetables are well coated and the honey has melted. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
Q: Why are husbands like lawn mowers? ?
A: They are difficult to get started, emit foul smells and don't work half the time !!