KIDS GAR­DEN­ING

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

The Green Door Kid’s Club is tak­ing off and the gar­den cen­tre has been ab­so­lutely buzzing with Kelly Jean’s Kids pro­gramme. They’ve been plant­ing mint, mak­ing hairy cater­pil­lars, learn­ing about the Monarch but­ter­fly, plant­ing up let­tuces and they are re­ally lov­ing it.

The pots are all em­bel­lished with stick-on treats and the tops adorned with glit­tery stuff — the boys and girls en­joy it equally. KJ re­ally has the touch with them and af­ter­wards they ram­ble around our large out­door space do­ing the Scavenger Hunt. They are so well be­haved.

I am im­pressed by the par­ent­ing of these kids. Beau­ti­fully man­nered and they say the most heart­felt thanky­ous be­fore they leave. Such a plea­sure to have Green Door filled with young­sters keen to learn new life skills. If you have kids or grand­chil­dren and you’d like them to get a lit­tle down and dirty and learn about vege grow­ing, flower grow­ing or just have some out­door fun — email Kelly Jean on the­green­door.kel­ly­jean@gmail.com and she will let you know when our next events are on — or fol­low us on Face­book. @green­door­gar­den

Oc­to­ber is the month in the gar­den for plant­ing. The weather is warm­ing, the snow has left, the soil is warm­ing and the legs are in shorts — yikes. All that means that it “should” be fine to plant your sum­mer veges — toma­toes, cap­sicums, egg plants etc. Get them in, get them staked, snail pro­tected and grow­ing!

Roses — pop on a pro­tec­tant spray to keep away downy mildew — Free Flo Cop­per, Pow­dery mildew and Rust — Fun­gus Fighter, Aphids — give them a zap with Mavrik be­fore the buds open.

Watch your leeks and gar­lic — these are prone to rust and once they have rust it is very dif­fi­cult to con­trol. Use Free Flo Sul­phur — (not lime sul­phur) it is best to spray oc­ca­sion­ally to pre­vent as con­trol is so dif­fi­cult once rust is imbed­ded.

In the gar­den at home Phil and Robyn have just fin­ished the big win­ter mulch — a bit late this year as we have been so busy at work — how­ever they have beaten the weeds and now the gar­den is as close to pris­tine as it gets — time to in­vite the staff over for din­ner. Mulch is su­perb at keep­ing the weeds at bay, feed­ing your plants and keep­ing in the mois­ture. It might take a bit of an ef­fort to put it on but you cer­tainly reap the ben­e­fits all sum­mer long. Tui Mulch and Feed is a ter­rific prod­uct and we use this right along our es­paliered fruit tree line. It looks fab­u­lous as well.

Pots — the full range of gera­ni­ums are at last avail­able and these are un­beat­able in sum­mer heat. An­other con­tainer plant I love is the Petchoa — a Petu­nia hy­brid which flow­ers right through spring and sum­mer, into au­tumn and with­stands some frost too. Our Petchoa at home are back in full flower and flow­ing over their pots look­ing ever so pretty. They are a re­ally good choice along with Ba­copa as a trail­ing op­tion. Labour Week­end is not far away — make sure you make the most of it by spend­ing qual­ity time in your gar­den.

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