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Rotorua Review - - GARDENING -

This col­umn is adapted from the weekly e-zine, get grow­ing, from New Zealand Gar­dener mag­a­zine. For gar­den­ing ad­vice de­liv­ered to your in­box ev­ery Fri­day, sign up for Get Grow­ing at: get­grow­ing.co.nz

or in re­gions where sum­mers can be short, plant smaller-fruit­ing va­ri­eties, as th­ese are much more likely to ripen be­fore the heat re­treats. We’re grow­ing the base­ball-sized, dark-skinned ‘Sugar Baby’ (any fruit or veg­etable with ‘sugar’ in the name im­me­di­ately has kid ap­peal). Melons love hot spot and lots of wa­ter while the fruit is de­vel­op­ing. In cooler ar­eas, sow the seeds along the base of a north-fac­ing wall or fence so they can soak up the re­flected heat. Feed with the same liq­uid fer­tiliser you’re us­ing for toma­toes.

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