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Lushingtons Garden, Gift & Café

Your one stop shop for all your gardening needs with expert advice and friendly service.

5 Archibald Street, Tinwald, Ashburton

03 308 6858

info@lushingtons.co.nz

 

HOURS

8:30am – 5:30pm, 7 Days

Cafe closes at 5:00pm

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WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH

April brings shorter days but they are often still warm, so this month is ideal for tidying up and nourishing the garden ready for winter crops. While it still fairly mild, watch out for the transition to winter in the air.

Key Points

  • Strawberries - Now's the time to be planting strawberries.
    Strawberries like good fertile soil so dig in lots of top quality compost before planting. A handful of Blood and Bone in the planting hole and a top dressing of general fertiliser will get them off to a flying start. Remember to water in well after planting.Strawberries look great in strawberry pots on the deck - easy picking in the summer!

  • Vege Garden - still lots to do in the vegetable garden this month.

    • Spinach, cabbage, winter lettuce, bok choy, should all be part of your winter garden.

    • Broad beans are a great winter garden crop - plant seeds now into prepared soil. Provide some support as they do get reasonably tall (use twigs and small branches from your pruning in the garden).

    • Broad beans are easy care, and you will have delicious young beans in October / November.

    • Shallots - sweeter than garlic, milder than onions. Great in stews and casseroles, or roasted whole. Shallots are easy to grow and take up little space in the garden.

  • Rhubarb - Nothing beats the taste of homegrown rhubarb with your muesli or weet-bix for breakfast! Rhubarb is planted by 'Crowns' which are available this month.
    Rhubarb plants are heavy feeders so dig in plenty of top quality compost at planting time and follow up with general garden fertiliser at regular intervals through the year.

CHECK OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OTHER MONTHS

 

PLANT & GIFTWARE HIRE SERVICES

We provide short term hire for weddings, trade shows, staff functions, product launches or any special event. This is a great way enhance venue with colour and foliage. For more information please enquire via email miranda@lushingtons.co.nz or at the counter at Lushingtons.