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NZ Lifestyle Block - - In Jane's Garden -

method Slice off the skin and de-seed the watermelon, then cut into chunks. Place in your serv­ing bowl, cover and leave in the fridge for at least one hour, or overnight. Chop the toma­toes and mint, and slice the onion, then add to the watermelon and toss gen­tly. Crum­ble the feta, add to the bowl and toss again, then serve.

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Fe­bru­ary is our hot and dry time and the gar­den is in a state of full-blown growth, bloom­ing and seed set­ting: dahlias, al­stroe­me­rias, aga­pan­thus, toi toi, glad­i­oli, gal­to­nia, gyp­sophila and other sum­mer flow­ers, all hold­ing out against the heat. Deep wa­ter­ing once a week or fort­night keeps them vi­brant.

5Keep­Work in the food gar­den in Fe­bru­ary means be­gin­ning to look to­wards the au­tumn and win­ter in terms of sow­ing di­rectly into the ground or start­ing seeds, but the hot weather can be both a help and a hin­drance be­cause mois­ture main­te­nance is vi­tal to young plants. Shade pro­vi­sion is a good idea and can be achieved with shade cloth, bracken leaves, big­ger plants or what­ever clever ideas you come up with.

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