What to do in the garden this weekend – Stuff.co.nz


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If your roses look like this, take action now for healthy bushes next season.Winter rose care Sensible gardeners might prefer to sit by the fire, but there are always jobs to be done in the garden, and it’s not too soon to begin the winter spray programme of copper and horticultural oil. Simply follow the directions on the container. It would seem sensible to apply this spray after pruning, but if your roses have been badly affected with black spot and/ or rust, the sooner they are treated, the better, and before they develop their new spring shoots. Give the roses two applications a fortnight apart and leave the third application until after they have been pruned. Spray generously, making sure that foliage and canes are well covered, and spray the ground around the base of the rose. Make sure the roots of your roses are covered against the ravages of winter with a thick layer of mulch. Pea straw is excellent but expensive. Compost, bark or almost anything organic, even cardboard will serve the purpose just as well. READ MORE: New roses of 2021 How to make a basket plant stand for your favourite houseplant Veges and herbs to sow and plant in June 123RFBroad beans germinate reliably in cold soil. You can plant veges in June There are not many edible crops that appreciate a winter start, but garlic, elephant garlic and shallots are all traditionally planted on the shortest day of the year (and actually can all go at any stage over the next few months). Give them well-manured, free-draining soil. Garlic cloves should be completely under the soil, but don’t bury them too deep – about 3-5cm is ideal – and space the cloves 20cm apart. With shallots, don’t completely bury the bulb, but leave the pointy end just visible over the surface of the soil. With elephant garlic, follow the same protocol as for garlic, but rather than each clove forming a bulb, the smaller cloves (which are technically corms) will become a single larger solid clove (known as a monobulb). You can lift and eat this when you harvest your regular garlic (try it roasted whole) or leave it in for another year and next summer it should have split into multiple cloves to form a single bulb. Most seeds won’t germinate in cold soil, but you could try lettuces, spinach and silverbeet in pots, and peas and broad beans direct. You can plant seedlings of broccoli, cabbages and cauliflower now too.Sally Tagg/StuffCymbidium orchids. Give your orchids some attention Cymbidium orchids should be throwing up flowering shoots around now. Cymbidiums are probably the easiest orchid, but they grow fast and so are heavy feeders. Give them a weekly feed during the growing period with a specialist orchid fertiliser. Cymbidiums also need good light to flower well. If yours are shy to bloom, try shifting them to a position which offers more light. Protect plants from slugs and snails. A small nibble in a bud turns into a large hole when the flower opens, disfiguring the entire spray of blooms.Stuff
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