Gardening

Gardening with Ruth- 1 August

I need to be careful what I wish for! Last month I wrote that our water tank was not very full. Within two weeks of my column being in the Post the tanks were overflowing! The rain has hardly stopped since. The garden is looking very forlorn at the moment. I must confess that I have not been out in […]

Students plant for Matariki

Students from Waiuku College took part in the annual Matariki planting day on Wednesday 21 June, at the Manukau Heads Lighthouse. Armed with shovels and donning gumboots, the Primary Industries students battled 80km/h winds and planted more than 200 plants. As well as digging new homes for the plants, the main garden was weeded, and a number of pest plants […]

Gardening Pest- Harlequin Ladybird

Reports of sightings of the invasive harlequin ladybird in the North Waikato are not yet a cause for concern, according to Ministry of Primary Industries for the area. MPI Recovery and Pest Management senior adviser Brad Chandler said reports had been sent in from Pokeno right down to Huntly. It feeds on aphids, usually from willow, oak, maple and poplar trees. This has made […]

Gardening with Ruth- July

Everywhere in Franklin seems to have suffered from flooding in the past couple of months so you would think our rain water tank would be overflowing. But it is only three quarters full. We have not had much rain on the west coast hills. It seems to travel up the Waikato River and across Pukekohe, or through the Manukau Harbour […]

Go Gardening with Ruth

The recipe for winter gardening is maintenance now will reap a beautiful garden in the spring and a continuing harvest though winter and early spring. If you have mulched over the summer months now is the time to rake it back from stems and trunks to help prevent stem rot during the wet months. Cover tender trees and crops with […]

Gardening with Ruth

I have now planted cabbage, cauli, spinach, carrot, parsnip and spring onions in the vege garden and have mulched them well with old straw to keep the weeds down and the soil a bit warmer. You can continue planting out seedlings for a few more weeks yet but keep them well sheltered and use slug and snail baits carefully. The […]

Letter – Feedback on the Moth Plant

Upon reading your article on the above subject I was somewhat angry to be made aware that the moth plant is not classed as a controlled weed throughout the whole of Auckland – indeed the whole of New Zealand. I’m appalled to regularly see this terrible pod plant flowering on property, rail and road boundaries when travelling about Auckland. To […]

Pests to be aware of

By Ruth I thought a column occasionally about pests in our back yard may be of some help to gardeners and the public alike. This week I would like to cover the Moth plant with a release from Auckland Council. Now is the perfect time of year to remove the invasive moth plant from your property. Originating from South America, moth […]

Pests to be aware of

By Ruth I thought a column occasionally about pests in our back yard may be of some help to gardeners and the public alike. This week I would like to cover the Moth plant with a release from Auckland Council. Now is the perfect time of year to remove the invasive moth plant from your property. Originating from South America, moth […]

Gardening with Ruth

Wow what a plethora of weather nature has thrown at us in the past few weeks! I am thankful we live on a hill and that we have not had the flooding that other parts of Franklin and New Zealand have experienced. The wind has been harvesting our walnuts for us. Every morning we pick up good quantity off the […]