As winter is well and truly with us we thought it was a good time to share some ideas for winter gardening. It is not a time to go into hibernation but a time to clean up from all that wonderful autumn colour we saw and enjoyed, and now get planting. We have broken this blog into what can be planted in the flower and vege garden as well as other tips and tricks for this time of year that we can help you. As with this and all future blogs we are happy to offer you assistance with anything mentioned.
Any of the following can be planted now ready for the spring and summer - calendula, nemesia, pansies, polyanthus, poppy, snapdragon, stock, viola. Plant any new season roses - there are lots of sales on roses at the moment (South Pacific Roses Kapiti Coast have 50% off). Bring frost tender patio plants into a sheltered position.
Vege/ Fruit Garden
Broad beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, celery, garlic, kale, mizuna, onions, peas, shallots, silverbeet, spinach, coriander can all be planted in winter. Strawberries can be planted in winter - research shows that planting strawberries in New Zealand's winter temperatures will produce a higher yield in summer. The delicate flowers can't handle really frosty conditions so in frost prone areas it is best to protect plants from the elements or wait until a little later to plant. Most deciduous fruit trees can be pruned except peaches, plums, and nectarines. Prune grapes and kiwi fruit vines.
As well as assisting with the above, there is maintenance that needs doing that we are very happy to help with, you can find out more about our services here. Check your tool cupboard and give them some TLC - sharpening, cleaning, oiling, and replacing anything beyond repair. Getting frost cloth or tunnels handy for those cold days and nights. Mulching and feeding your plants is important now and we have access to well priced mulch and a trailer if you need assistance.