Keeping your garden worthy of admiration
Summer is here and our sunny warm days are spent outdoors enjoying nature, family BBQs and, of course, tending to the garden. It's now time to be planting our winter greens and getting them all sown before months end to allow enough time for them to reach full maturity before the colder months halt growing.
Mid-summer maintenance and disease prevention
Aside from getting the garden looking spick and span for when all your relatives come visiting over the Christmas period, there are certain, more mundane, things that need to be taken care of during these lovely mid-summer days.
Sowing seeds for Autumn & Winter veggies
November is action stations for the seed-sowing vegetable gardeners. So much has to be sown to keep us going through autumn and winter and is a good time to plant your favourite summer vegetables such as courgette, cucumber, peppers, pumpkin and squash all of which need long hours of full sunshine.
How to help your cat settle in
Deciding to bring a cat or kitten into your family is always an exciting prospect but, first, there's a few things that need taking care of before your latest family addition gets introduced to your home and the other family members.
Harvesting sweet, tasty peppers and chillis requires just a few simple tricks...
If you want to harvest tasty sweet peppers and fiery chillies this summer, here are some quick an easy growing tips and tricks:
Best time for planting out tomatoes
Tomato planting time is here again - and who can resist the temptation to eat sweet cherry tomatoes picked straight from the plant and still sunshine warm?! At Nichols we have a all types of tomato plants: the ever faithful Money Maker, the giant fruit producers, the newer varieties, and perfect lunchbox size varities.
When spring is first sprung
Welcome to Spring! September marks the beginning of Spring and holds the Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. This means, the daffodils start coming out, Spring blossom is abundant, the days are getting warmer and brighter, and they all contribute to the sweet, fresh spring scent in the air and all the possibilities that the warmer weather entails. Lets get gardening!
How to grow
Fruit trees provide delicious fruit full of health benefits and antioxidants but they can often also perform additional functions, such as shade in summer, blossom in spring and sometimes coloured leaves in autumn. Such a beautiful addition to any garden, and many can be grown in most areas, while a few have more particular requirements.
Check this guide first.
See if you're as prepared as you need to be and ask yourself: Am I willing to care for this pet for the duration of its life?
Turn an arduous task into a simple one
If left to themselves, fruit trees will quickly overgrow and become a scraggly mess in your otherwise pristine garden. The key to keeping them attractive and productive is annual pruning - which isn't as complex or scary as many make out.
How to grow
Once upon a time fruit trees could be found in every New Zealand garden but with today’s smaller gardens it is more difficult to find space. With careful selection, however, and knowing where to plant these trees can be accommodated and can thrive.
Winter's nearing its end, what does gardening look like in August?
August can be an interesting month; if the weather warms up it is ideal gardening time, however, you can get stung by an about-face from Mother Nature sending us back to winter mode. All things going well though, August should be all about getting back into the garden, preparing for spring planting and having a general tidy up.