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Whangarei Report - - GARDENING - WITH GLENYS WOOLLARD glenys­wool­[email protected]

Do you have some tips on grow­ing blue­ber­ries?

Plant in a sunny spot with freedrain­ing acidic soil, not­ing that bird pro­tec­tion will even­tu­ally be needed. High­bush and rab­bit­eye are the main types grown in New Zealand. High­bush va­ri­eties are fairly large, hardy and self-fer­tile, but need a more acid soil than rab­biteyes. The lat­ter are quite vig­or­ous but less hardy, plus you’ll prob­a­bly have to plant more than one va­ri­ety (also of the Rab­bit­eye type) to get good crops. Check with your lo­cal gar­den cen­tre to see which blue­ber­ries do best in your dis­trict.

How can I keep my roses look­ing good for Christ­mas?

Keep them picked or dead-head on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, cut­ting back on an an­gle to just above (no more than 1cm) an out­ward fac­ing leaf stem with a set of five leaves, and tak­ing no more than a third of the stem with the flower. Re­move any weak canes while you are at it, and re­mem­ber that roses need good air cir­cu­la­tion to pre­vent fun­gal diseases. Ap­ply rose food if you haven’t al­ready done so this sea­son, and water deeply in dry weather.

If you have a gar­den ques­tion email Glenys at

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