NZ Gardener - - Plant Profile -

• If you haven’t al­ready given your roses their big spring feed, do it now. If you haven‘t sprayed with cop­per and oil, do it now in the early morn­ing or evening, but not in sun­light.

• Fed your roses in Au­gust or the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber? Then start spray­ing them ev­ery fort­night with fish or sea­weed fer­tiliser.

• If the soil around roses has be­come com­pacted, loosen it gen­tly with a fork.

• Pos­sums have been largely erad­i­cated in cen­tral Akaroa but else­where it’s a heart­break to see the new buds chewed. The fol­low­ing recipe was given to me by a friend who finds it ef­fec­tive in feed­ing her roses and keeping pos­sums away – they hate the smell of fish fer­tiliser. To 4.5 litres of water, add: • 2.5 ta­ble­spoons hor­ti­cul­tural oil • 1 ta­ble­spoon bak­ing soda • 1 ta­ble­spoon dish­wash­ing liq­uid

• 1 ta­ble­spoon liq­uid fish fer­tiliser. Spray in the evening – never in sun­light.

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