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Go Gardening this Christmas
Amid the pre-Christmas madness, we hope you can take time out to relax. What better place to unwind than in your own garden? Making your house and garden look loved for the festive season is surely a perfect reason to indulge.

  December 2017

Need help or inspiration?
Head into your local Go Gardening Store. There you'll find the plants and products featured in this newsletter and Go Gardening magazine.


Deck the halls
Decorate with fresh flowering plants to breathe life and Christmas cheer into offices and living spaces. It’s easy with garden centres filled to bursting with festive indoor plants.

Summer roses
As the first flush of roses comes to an end, deadhead and lightly feed to enhance repeat flowering. Water deeply and add a layer of mulch to conserve soil moisture.

Green giving
Longer lasting and better for the planet, a plant is a gift that keeps on giving. Up-cycle a terracotta pot by decorating with paint or ribbon for an extra personal touch.



Gift a tree this Christmas
Support native tree planting with Trees That Count, simply by gifting trees to friends and family that will be planted in community-based projects in 2018.

Christmas with ease
Give a gift that grows! And a gift that’s bound to please! Go Gardening gift cards are available online to be sent on a date of your choosing.

Avoid Legionnaire's Disease
Gardening is a safe and healthy pastime. Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce the chance of catching Legionnaire’s Disease from gardening.

Succulent creations
Succulents love summer and they’re a top option for pots or hot dry garden spaces. Make your own hypertufa pot and create a succulent garden.

Shifting irises
Once flowering is finished, crowded clumps of irises can be lifted, divided and replanted. Bearded iris rhizomes need sunny, well-drained soil. Avoid mulch.

Harvest herbs
Harvest herbs such as lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme and bay to make fragrant bouquets or wreaths for Christmas decorating and gifts.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
BMSB - It infests homes, ruins gardens and stinks when crushed. If you see it, catch it, photograph it and call MPI 0800 80 99 66.

Psyllid watch
Keep an eye out for this pesky insect on all members of the tomato and potato plant family. Effective control calls for early action.

Myrtle Rust update
As feared, spring has seen Myrtle Rust spread to new parts of the country. Find out what you can do to help protect our precious trees.

Best in Show
The Hobbiton Beekeeper’s Hobbit Hole won the Best in Show award at the 2017 NZ Flower & Garden Show. See more from the show here.

Heroic gardens to visit
February 10 & 11 this must-see event is your chance to visit some of central and south Auckland’s most beautiful private gardens in support of Mercy Hospice.

Made in NZ
Rose breeder, Rob Somerfield has swept the awards at the New Zealand Rose Society International Rose Trial Grounds in Palmerston North.

Greenlife Matters
A new on-line tool has been introduced to help farmers plan and improve riparian planting to improve water quality.

War against wandering jew
A group of high school students is waging biological warfare against an invasive weed threatening Northland's native bush.

Kauri at risk
Our Kauri trees are in trouble. As the holiday season brings more people into the wilderness, the risk is high.


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Go Gardening wishes you a safe and happy Christmas and New Year holiday. We'll be back in February.

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