Kiwi ‘Christmas tree’

Pohutukawa bloom all around the East Coast at this time of the year.

Grow your own KIWI Christmas tree

Pohutukawa can be started from seed and will eventually grow to around 5–8m tall when mature. There are also new compact varieties that grow from 1–3m tall and can be planted into containers or grown as a dense hedge. They’re hardy plants, tolerating dry, coastal and full sun conditions.

To help encourage healthy growth and lots of flowers, feed trees with Yates Thrive Natural Blood and Bone every eight weeks during periods of active growth.

Radishes

If you’re after a quick vegie to grow during the heat of summer, then try some radish. Radish can be used in delicious summer salads and made into tangy spreads, dips and salsa.

Yates Radish White Icicle have beautiful long snowy white roots with crisp tender flesh. They’re easy to grow and will be ready to harvest in 6-8 weeks.

White Icicle should be sown direct where they are to grow, in either a sunny vegie patch or in pots, with seedlings emerging in 5 – 8 days. To encourage healthy growth, feed each week with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food and harvest the roots while they are still young and tender. Sow more seeds every two weeks to ensure you have an ongoing supply of radishes for the kitchen.

• Easy sowing tip: radish is also available in seed tape, which is a super simple way to start growing radishes. Make a 1cm deep furrow in a garden bed or pot, lay down the tape (cut the tape to the required length), cover with soil, water and you’re done!

Organic summer soil health

Yates Thrive Natural Garden Lime contains natural lime (calcium carbonate) from Te Kuiti, King Country, New Zealand. It’s a soil ‘sweetener’ which adjusts soil acidity, helping to maintain the pH at an optimum level, enabling plants to have easier access to nutrients both in the soil and from fertilisers. This is particularly important in acidic soils, where the pH is less than 6.5–7.

Yates Thrive Natural Garden Lime acts as a soil conditioner, helping to aerate heavy clay soils, as well as boosting the decomposition of organic matter (so it’s great to mix into the compost bin too).

An additional benefit of calcium is that it is a natural plant strengthener which helps fortify plant cells and encourage healthy plant growth.

Yates Thrive Natural Garden Lime is certified by BioGro NZ, so it’s perfect for use in organic gardens.

A sensory game from the garden

Your garden or local park is filled with an amazing range of plants with varying smells and textures. Pick a range of different leaves and seeds from your garden (or collect fallen materials from your local park), blind fold the kids and get them to touch and smell what you have collected. What does it feel and smell like? Examples of things to collect include pine and conifer cones and needles, furry leaves like lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina), scented foliage and flowers like basil, sage and roses, seed pods, succulent and waxy foliage like pigface and even fruit and vegies like a cob of corn, a furry peach and smooth eggplant.

Lush lawn

There’s nothing quite like a lush green lawn so it’s time to spruce up your lawn for summer.

Here are some simple steps to help get your lawn ready for visitors and the holiday season:

• Quick green up — Yates Lawn Master Rapid Greening Lawn Food is a convenient hose-on lawn fertiliser that’s high in nitrogen and iron for rapid greening, plus added potassium to encourage strong healthy grass. It’s fast acting and will promote a lush green lawn in a few days.

• Watering — give your lawn a thorough watering once or twice a week. This moistens the soil down into the root zone and encourages lawn roots to grow deeper.

• Mowing — don’t be tempted to give your lawn a harsh low mowing before going on holidays. This can scalp the lawn and create bare patches, which are unattractive and will invite in weeds. During summer it is better to mow little and often, removing no more than a third of the foliage each time.

• Weed control — or weeds popping up in the middle of a nice green lawn ruins the golf course look. Tidy up any broadleaf weeds (like dandelions, capeweed and thistles) growing in the lawn. A quick hose-on application of Yates Weed’n’Feed will control common broadleaf weeds over large lawns or dilute Yates Weed’n’Feed Concentrate into a sprayer to treat smaller lawns or patches of weeds.

— Courtesy of Yates

Grow your own KIWI Christmas tree

Pohutukawa can be started from seed and will eventually grow to around 5–8m tall when mature. There are also new compact varieties that grow from 1–3m tall and can be planted into containers or grown as a dense hedge. They’re hardy plants, tolerating dry, coastal and full sun conditions.

To help encourage healthy growth and lots of flowers, feed trees with Yates Thrive Natural Blood and Bone every eight weeks during periods of active growth.

Radishes

If you’re after a quick vegie to grow during the heat of summer, then try some radish. Radish can be used in delicious summer salads and made into tangy spreads, dips and salsa.

Yates Radish White Icicle have beautiful long snowy white roots with crisp tender flesh. They’re easy to grow and will be ready to harvest in 6-8 weeks.

White Icicle should be sown direct where they are to grow, in either a sunny vegie patch or in pots, with seedlings emerging in 5 – 8 days. To encourage healthy growth, feed each week with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food and harvest the roots while they are still young and tender. Sow more seeds every two weeks to ensure you have an ongoing supply of radishes for the kitchen.

• Easy sowing tip: radish is also available in seed tape, which is a super simple way to start growing radishes. Make a 1cm deep furrow in a garden bed or pot, lay down the tape (cut the tape to the required length), cover with soil, water and you’re done!

Organic summer soil health

Yates Thrive Natural Garden Lime contains natural lime (calcium carbonate) from Te Kuiti, King Country, New Zealand. It’s a soil ‘sweetener’ which adjusts soil acidity, helping to maintain the pH at an optimum level, enabling plants to have easier access to nutrients both in the soil and from fertilisers. This is particularly important in acidic soils, where the pH is less than 6.5–7.

Yates Thrive Natural Garden Lime acts as a soil conditioner, helping to aerate heavy clay soils, as well as boosting the decomposition of organic matter (so it’s great to mix into the compost bin too).

An additional benefit of calcium is that it is a natural plant strengthener which helps fortify plant cells and encourage healthy plant growth.

Yates Thrive Natural Garden Lime is certified by BioGro NZ, so it’s perfect for use in organic gardens.

A sensory game from the garden

Your garden or local park is filled with an amazing range of plants with varying smells and textures. Pick a range of different leaves and seeds from your garden (or collect fallen materials from your local park), blind fold the kids and get them to touch and smell what you have collected. What does it feel and smell like? Examples of things to collect include pine and conifer cones and needles, furry leaves like lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina), scented foliage and flowers like basil, sage and roses, seed pods, succulent and waxy foliage like pigface and even fruit and vegies like a cob of corn, a furry peach and smooth eggplant.

Lush lawn

There’s nothing quite like a lush green lawn so it’s time to spruce up your lawn for summer.

Here are some simple steps to help get your lawn ready for visitors and the holiday season:

• Quick green up — Yates Lawn Master Rapid Greening Lawn Food is a convenient hose-on lawn fertiliser that’s high in nitrogen and iron for rapid greening, plus added potassium to encourage strong healthy grass. It’s fast acting and will promote a lush green lawn in a few days.

• Watering — give your lawn a thorough watering once or twice a week. This moistens the soil down into the root zone and encourages lawn roots to grow deeper.

• Mowing — don’t be tempted to give your lawn a harsh low mowing before going on holidays. This can scalp the lawn and create bare patches, which are unattractive and will invite in weeds. During summer it is better to mow little and often, removing no more than a third of the foliage each time.

• Weed control — or weeds popping up in the middle of a nice green lawn ruins the golf course look. Tidy up any broadleaf weeds (like dandelions, capeweed and thistles) growing in the lawn. A quick hose-on application of Yates Weed’n’Feed will control common broadleaf weeds over large lawns or dilute Yates Weed’n’Feed Concentrate into a sprayer to treat smaller lawns or patches of weeds.

— Courtesy of Yates

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