get grow­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - 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

salad greens. As you can see,

the birds found the gap and quickly be­gan peck­ing the soft, un­cov­ered leaves of all the plants lin­ing the edge of the bed. So an­noy­ing, but it’s a good re­minder to keep your net­ting pegged down prop­erly!

GROW ONIONS IN CON­TAIN­ERS

It’s not worth the time and ef­fort grow­ing onions in pots, but mini onions are an­other story! Th­ese pretty lit­tle al­li­ums grow into per­fect minia­ture bulbs and are a de­light to eat. Sim­ply sow seeds in a con­tainer of good-qual­ity pot­ting mix, and thin the seedlings out to 2-3cm apart. Try ‘Pearl Drop’ and ‘Pur­plette’ from Kings Seeds.

FEED TOMA­TOES

Keep your toma­toes thriv­ing by feed­ing with a liq­uid plant food ev­ery two weeks. We’re on the cusp of sum­mer so from now on, pay close at­ten­tion to wa­ter­ing as well.

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