Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Plant spuds with NZ Gardener's expert advice

Media Release 2 October 2008

Plant spuds with NZ Gardener's expert advice

Kiwi gardeners are planting record numbers of potatoes this spring - and NZ Gardener is making it easy to get the best backyard crop.

The United Nations declared 2008 International Year of the Potato and NZ Gardener has joined the crusade in support of the humble spud with expert growing advice in its October issue.

"Potatoes can go in as soon as the risk of late frosts passes and, if you plant them this weekend, you'll get your first crop of gourmet baby potatoes in time for Christmas," says NZ Gardener editor Lynda Hallinan.

Sales of seed potatoes have dramatically increased this spring, with Burnet's Horticulture - one of the biggest suppliers to garden centres nationwide - reporting that sales have more than doubled this season.

"For every seed potato you plant, expect to harvest 15 big fat spuds in summer. In fact, a 1.5kg bag of seed potatoes could yield a mighty 20kg of medium-sized spuds," says Hallinan.

"Some gardeners are put off growing potatoes because they take up too much space, but you can also plant them in a stack of tyres, a commercial compost bin, a recycled crate, large buckets or even a black plastic garbage bag filled with soil."

In the October issue of NZ Gardener, Southland gardener Robert Guyton gives his top tips on growing potatoes in part five of the magazine's Back to Basics guide to growing your own fruit and vegetables. The NZ Gardener team also name their top 10 favourite varieties, including heritage potatoes like purple 'Urenika', 'Kowiniwini" and modern hybrids such as 'Desiree'.

Basil, corn, eggplant, okra, runner beans, watermelon or zucchini - you name it, October is the month to sow heat-loving vegetables. The October issue of NZ Gardener includes sowing guides and harvesting times for all of your favourite summer vegetables.

For more of a nutty flavour, why not try growing your own almonds? Ann and Bob Phillips planted a 20 tree almond orchard on their property at Mapua, near Nelson, five years ago and they now average around six kilograms of fruit from each tree per harvest. Almonds perform well in kiwi climes and are a great long-term garden investment if you're looking for delicious annual returns. 'All-in-One', 'Moonvale' and the dwarf 'Garden Prince' and three almond varieties that grow well at home.

In the latest issue of NZ Gardener you can also learn how to grow grapes with the prospect of making your own homegrown wine in mind, or create a cute blackboard herb box with the help of DIY guy Justin Newcombe.

The October issue of NZ Gardener is literally good enough to eat and is on sale now.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Snell Sale Peters Out: Singlet Withdrawn From Sale

“We believe the item was offered for sale in good faith, but our inquiries have shown that the singlet is not the one worn by Peter Snell at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.” More>>

ALSO:

Bodega: Venue Closing At The End Of The Year, After 25 Years Of Music

"It is with considerable sadness that, for reasons beyond our control, we regret to announce the closure of Bodega’s doors at the end of this year, after 25 years of faithful and committed service to live music in Wellington." More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Women At The Centre

In the first chapter of her epic History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes places a version of the Māori creation story alongside that of the Pākehā colonists, setting the scene for how each society saw women. The contrast is startling. More>>

In Auckland Art Gallery: A Tour Of Duty

I had already started my journey through the exhibited collections when an audio announcement about a guided tour to embark shortly from the foyer was made, I decided to join in. Why not? More>>

Art: ‘Holiday’ Wins IHC Art Awards

An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000. Jo-Anne started working from IHC’s Arts on High studio in Lower Hutt 18 months ago and this is the first time she has entered the competition. More>>

‘Quasi’: Christchurch Art Gallery Reveals Rooftop Sculpture

Christchurch-born and internationally renowned artist Ronnie van Hout has had a huge hand in Christchurch Art Gallery's latest outdoor installation. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news