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Go Gardening this February

February in the garden is busy. This is peak harvest time of the summer veges, and there is a new season ahead to plan and plant for. Make the most of the last long evenings before Autumn arrives.

  February 2019

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Perennial summer colour
Freshen up a tired looking summer garden with classic easy care perennials. They’ll flower right through until the first frost.


Love lavender
Drought tolerant lavenders are colourful, fragrant and quick growing shrubs for garden borders and pots.


Sow cool season flowers
Start cornflowers, primulas, pansys, violas, poppies and snapdragons in seed trays for planting out in autumn.

     

     

Vegetables to sow now
Sow lettuces, silver beet, beetroot, radish, spring onions, rocket and herbs. Seeds are quick to sprout in warm weather but keep up with watering while it’s hot and dry.


Some like it cool
At this time of year lettuces and soft herbs like coriander and basil thrive in part shade where they’re protected from the hot afternoon sun.


Daily harvest
Keep picking zucchini, beans and cucumbers to keep plants productive. Tomatoes taste best eaten straight from the vine. They also freeze well for winter use.


Water wisely
In hot dry weather, plants in pots and those newly planted need daily watering. Watering by hand makes the most of every precious drop.

Alternative surfaces
For areas poorly suited to grass growth or not needed for walking on, consider low-maintenance ground cover plants.

Time for a trim
Deadhead roses and annuals to keep them in flowering form. Also, trim back shrubs and perennials that have finished flowering.


Why does rain smell so good?
After a long hot summer, the first rain that falls on the parched soil emanates a scent, albeit brief, that humans are particularly sensitive to. It is called Petrichor.

Plants against climate change
Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California are researching how to create plants that store more carbon dioxide in their roots and slow down global warming.

Myrtle Rust update
Myrtle Rust finds have accelerated, and gardeners are being asked to stay alert for this disease. Read the latest Biosecurity New Zealand report here.


Heroic Garden Festival
Back for its 22nd year, the Heroic Garden Festival explores some of Auckland’s most interesting and captivating gardens and raises funds for Mercy Hospice.

Great Pumpkin Carnival
The biggest pumpkin event in the country celebrates its 10th year in March. Join the fun at Hamilton Gardens for a great day out for all the family.

Silence of the Fantails
Life is tough for these beloved garden visitors. This story is a sad reminder of their plight and why predator control is so necessary.

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