Freshly harvested veges from the garden.
TOP TIPS FOR GROWING BETTER VEGES AND FRUIT
I love to try growing new things but nowadays, I don’t go overboard with anything. Just grow what you and your family actually like to eat! Having a garden taken over with caigua and black radishes is not great when no-one likes them.
SALLY WHEATER, THAMES
Cut spring onions off at ground level, leaving the root in the soil and it will re-grow.
JACINDA DUKER, PALMERSTON NORTH
Florence fennel, which is usually treated as an annual, can be cut back to the base of each plant and will regrow.
KATE ADAMS, HORORATA
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Basil can be grown in water from cuttings of store-bought basil. Once the basil has rooted, plant it in soil.
MIKE DEBNEY, LOWER HUTT
Love blueberries? Plant your bush close to the most used door or deck of your house. The continual foot traffic and resident cat or dog asleep there will deter the birds from visiting the ripening berries so you can reap the harvest.
ROWAN HARRISON, PAEROA
Spray passionfruit and citrus with Vaporgard to stop frosts from destroying the plants. It’s widely available from gardening retailers and it works.
SHERYL CLEMENT, NELSON
I always line my potato trench with pine needles, which, when they break down, provide something warm and soft for the spuds to get a start on.
LOIS MORELAND, NELSON
Cut the bottom off a cheap bucket. Dig your garden soil to a soft texture. Push the bucket down firmly. Put well-sprouted seed potato in the bottom and cover with a small amount of soil. As the potato grows, keep topping up with soil till it gets to the top. I add potato fertiliser too. At harvest time, lift the bucket gently and the spuds are all together. I have 21 buckets which I use every year.
DEE HIBBERD, CLIVE
To germinate parsnip seeds, place them on a damp paper towel and put them in your hot water cupboard. They usually sprout within 10 days or less. Then using tweezers sow seed in prepared soil. This always works for me.
LYN DUNCAN, WAIPUKURAU
Plant comfrey around fruit trees. The long tap roots go well down into the soil and bring up good minerals for the trees. I mow around the comfrey to stop it spreading.
ANNETTE VON STURMER, AUCKLAND
Kale is an ideal winter crop.
To keep white butterfly off your brassicas, place sticks around your plants, cut a hole in tennis balls and place on top of the sticks. Drape bug netting over the balls and pin netting down with “staples” made out of Number 8 wire.
YVONNE GEERAEDTS, NEW PLYMOUTH
Plant flowers for the bees in between vegetables.
JILLIAN FULCHER, CHRISTCHURCH
I collect seaweed, dry it and put it on the asparagus bed. My daughter Karen and I do this on Mother’s Day. Nothing better than gathering together.
GERALDINE CARLETON, WAKEFIELD