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It is the beginning of a new calen-
dar year but we are actually half-
way through a gardening year.
The daylight hours are already
beginning to shorten, though most
of us will not notice the slow
change until daylight savings
The plants do and over the next
few weeks the decreasing hours of
light can trigger some plants to
flower and reproduce before win-
ter.The weather forecasters tell us
we have a mild La Nina summer
which can keep the normally dry
areas wetter and the wet areas a
That bodes well for gardeners
who are having a nice amount of
rain falling on their gardens regu-
larly, good plant growth and less
need to water.
The down side is with warmth
and moisture some leaf diseases
will run wild, especially where
foliage is dense and air circulation
Powdery mildew, black spot and
rust are three common problems
likely to occur if they are not
already giving you problems.
A great control of powdery mil-
dew is about a tablespoon of bak-
ing soda added to a litre of water
with a millilitre of Raingard. This
solution will help prevent mildew
The same can be used for black
spot as a preventive because the
alkaline nature of baking soda
helps prevent the disease getting
You can use the same to dehy-
drate the foliage of oxalis to assist
in its control without harming
other plants. Use on a sunny day
when the soil is on the dry side.
With black spot, damaged
leaves will remain till they are
Leaves that have black spot on
them should not be removed as
the rest of the surface area will
still collect energy from the sun to
the plant s advantage.
Rust is very unsightly and it
can be prevented with sprays of
(Condy s Crystals).
The dose is about a quarter of a
teaspoon of the crystals to a litre
of water, and spray to prevent or
Potassium permanganate is
available though better garden
centres because most chemist
shops that used to supply it now
don t as they have changed to
more supermarket-like stores.
Rain can help reduce insect
problems but experienced
gardeners know summer is the
time of the insects and they will
do their best to keep populations
Sprays of Neem Tree Oil with
Raingard added and applied late
in the day just before dusk will
help keep pest numbers under
control. You need to spray for total
coverage, under and over foliage
and repeat about seven days later.
After that, apply as needed to
Yellow sticky pads are also a
good help to keep flying adult
pests such as white fly and
psyllids under control. Just hang
the pads on or near the plants you
want to protect.
The psyllid problem is a real
worry and one gardener who con-
tacted me recently said the pests
had completely ruined her tomato
You need to spray frequently all
the plants that are host to the pest
-- tomatoes, potatoes, tree tom-
atoes, capsicums, peppers, egg
plants etc. Use a combination of
Neem Tree Oil and Key
Pyrethrum sprayed just before
Now is the time to plant your
winter vegetable and flower gar-
When planting brassicas for
winter place Neem Tree Granules
in the planting hole and sprinkle
some on the soil. Repeat the soil
application every six to eight
weeks for reducing white butterfly
Weeds will be a problem if you
let them get away on you -- remove
them before they flower and seed.
Weeding the garden early morn-
ing or late in the day when the
sun is not a problem for you is
best. Also after rain when the
ground is moist makes the
removal of weeds so much easier.
Difficult-to-control weeds can be
taken out with the new Cut n
There is plenty to do in the gar-
den at this time so enjoy.
If you have a gardening problem,
ring Wally Richards on 357 0606,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Colourful critter: Malaysian Hui Yu Kim's photograph Alien of a longhorn beetle is part
of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. ''I want people to know that all
creatures, even small ones, count,'' she says. The striking adults only live for a short
time, often hardly feeding if at all.
Top wildlife photos
now on display
The winners of the Natural History
Museum, London, and BBC Wildlife
Magazine Wildlife Photographer of the
Year 2011 competition are on display
at Te Manawa.
The exhibition, which will run until
February 26, features images by the
world s top professional and amateur
photographers. The awards are known
as the Oscars of nature photography.
Every year the exhibition is a must-
see show in London.
This year it is being shown in Palm-
erston North at the same time as it
goes on display in the English capital,
curator Miriam Sharland said.
The exhibition puts the rarely seen
wonders of the natural world in the
spotlight, she said.
It also embodies our commitment to
sustainable development and
highlights the importance of protecting
the environment and conserving natu-
The exhibition includes work by
London-based New Zealand photogra-
pher David Lloyd.
Lloyd won a specially commended
award in the Nature in Black and
White category for his photo In the
flick of a tail, which depicts a giraffe at
close quarters and a second one on the
Admission: $7.50 adults, $5 senior
citizens/tertiary students, children
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