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By LYNDA HALLINAN
SLOW STARTER: Celery can be a slow starter, so feed it with liquid fertiliser
to help it along.
Photo: FAIRFAX NZ
This column is adapted from
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Go foraging in your own garden.
I suspect you'll be amazed at
all the edible treasures you can
find, even at this early stage in
My main vegie garden wraps
around our lawn, so I completely
ignore it in winter (otherwise it
makes a muddy mess of the
grass), aside from the occasional
This week, we've been eating
small, but snazzy, salads of baby
carrots, self-sown buttercrunch
and cos lettuces, deep purple mus-
tard, herbs, sugar snap peas, my
first globe artichokes and lovely
eggs from the chooks.
It's amazing how much you can
reap from accidental self-sowings,
hardy biennials, and perennials
such as globe artichokes.
It's also a reminder not to be too
ruthless when you're weeding or
hoeing your beds in preparation
Look closely at any green
stubble in the soil, as nature may
have already done the job for you.
Get your celery established while
your spring soil is still cool and
moist. Celery can be a slow star-
ter, so feed with liquid fertiliser to
help it along.
Never let celery get too dry --
drought-stressed celery simply
bolts to seed.
GROUP YOUR SALADS
Growing all your salad greens in
one spot makes for convenient
cropping, as lettuce, mesclun,
rocket, parsley, coriander,
radishes and spring onions share
similar needs when it comes to
irrigation and liquid feeding.
Plus it means you can whip out
with your salad bowl and snip a
mix of flavours without having to
dash from one bed to the next.
You can sow all the popular
salad greens now except basil, as
it's still too cool.
Sow direct -- it saves loads of
time transplanting later -- and
cover with mesh if cats are a
problem in your plot.
FEED YOUR SOIL
Have you suddenly been invaded
by a rash of weed seedlings? It's a
sure sign that the soil tempera-
ture is warming up, and that
means it's the perfect time to dig
in slow release or general garden
fertiliser to replace nutrients lost
to winter weather or intensive
cropping last summer.
There are loads of different
types of fertiliser available in
garden centres, but all contain a
mix of nitrogen, phosphorus and
potassium (N, P and K), along
with trace elements like calcium
Plants need nitrogen to make
chlorophyll (the green pigment
that's necessary for photosyn-
thesis), so it's especially important
for leafy crops like lettuce, rocket,
cauliflower, broccoli and spinach.
Phosphorous aids root growth,
bud development and general
plant health, while potassium is a
must-have for fruiting crops.
Top up the soil in raised beds
with compost too. It adds vital
OPEN DAY: Otahuna Lodge opened to the public at the weekend for the first proper Daffodil Day since 2009. The
lodge, in Tai Tapu, holds an open day annually to raise money for the Cancer Society. However, in 2010, the
September earthquake forced the day to be cancelled. The open day was also cancelled in 2011 because of heavy
snowfalls, and in 2012, an early summer event was held instead. Daffodil Day was established by Otahuna
Lodge's former owners, parliamentarian Sir Heaton Rhodes and his wife, Jessie, in 1928. People were able to
look at the lodge's two-acre daffodil paddock, as well as other gardens on the grounds.
Otahuna bloomin' lovely
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