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Showers and fine spells. Southeasterlies
developing in the evening.
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A few showers clearing, then mainly fine.
Southeasterlies, fresh in exposed places.
Mainly fine. Southeasterlies dying out.
Cloud increasing, possibly some late
drizzle. Northwesterlies developing.
Partly cloudy with northwesterlies.
Showers with northwesterlies.
Rain with not much wind.
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Harvest time is here
for toms and zucchini
Unwanted hue: The lack of sun this
summer is causing havoc with tomato
Photo: FAIRFAX NZ
The green tomatoes are still staring
at me. Cherry tomatoes are happy
to ripen, but the rest are green. It
has been such an amazingly dull
summer the vegetables that really
need the full Palmerston North
summer are struggling to reach
Meanwhile February and March
are a storm of activity with the com-
bination of trying to keep on top of
the harvest and preparation for win-
ter.The trick now is to find space for
winter planting while summer crops
stay in the ground. If the frosts
don t come too soon summer crops
can keep producing until June. It s
about looking after your plants and
not damaging them as you harvest.
First, congratulations to those
who have produced eggplants this
season. I have seen some but not in
my garden. They exist in warm shel-
tered north facing locations, often in
pots. Even without an extensive
garden, containers can be a blessing
because the extra drainage keeps
the plant roots warm and usually a
pot by the back door gets regular
watering and attention. With just a
pot you can become a champion gar-
dener if you have eggplants and cap-
sicum to show off.
Harvesting tomatoes is a balance
between birds and mature red tom-
atoes. The longer a fruit stays on a
plant, the greater the sugar content
and so a sweeter, tastier harvest --
the reason to garden compared with
buying tomatoes. Bought tomatoes
must be harvested early to ensure
they last on the shelf but this is one
reason for the less sweet taste.
However if netting hasn t been
put over your crop, as most of us
haven t, the birds are generally eat-
ing before we are. The first chance
to harvest a tomato is when a slight
hint of pink shows up at the base of
the fruit. Then you can be sure it
will ripen off the plant.
The more you pick the more
chance you have to continue
harvesting. For crops such as tom-
atoes, zucchini and beans you need
to keep picking to allow the plant to
have enough energy to produce
more flowers and then more fruit.
This is most obvious for zucchini
that mature into marrows. One or
two marrows on a plant mean no
Pick zucchini every two to three
days when they are about as long as
a pencil. Use a knife to carefully
slice them off.
For many fruit such as tomatoes
and beans, also apples, lemons and
many others, there is a point on the
stalk that can make an easy break
from the plant. Look closely for a
line on the stalk and try lifting your
fruit at this point in a number of
different directions. You will soon
find a direction where the fruit eas-
ily breaks off without damaging the
plant or tearing the fruit.
Use secateurs and make a clean
cut if your breaks are causing dam-
age. A damaged fruit where the
stalk is broken off is an opportunity
for quick decay. It is always best to
keep the stalk attached.
Garlic should be well matured by
now and like onions it is best to wait
until the tops die off before you pull
out the bulbs. Cabbages should feel
hard before you harvest. Use a knife
to cut them off and leave the stalk to
let smaller cabbages form. These
harden up too and become nice ten-
nis ball-sized cabbages and a much
better size for a meal.
Leafy crops like lettuce and spin-
ach can be picked any time because
the plant is just getting bigger. It s
best to harvest a few small ones
early to keep picking over a longer
time. The pumpkin family generally
require the stem to dry before
harvesting. Cucumbers get smooth
skins and loose their prickles when
they are mature and ready to pick.
There are many more plants to har-
vest and you will live and learn the
best time to harvest for you.
It is better to harvest than not.
This can mean designing meals
around what you have. It can also
mean excess, so if you are not
preserving, make sure you give
them away so there is no wastage.
a try has never
Triathlon is one of New
Zealand's fastest growing sports,
with more and more Kiwis
taking up the challenge to try
February has been huge for
The Ladies Only Triathlon was
last Sunday, the kids I Tri d the Tri
series kicked off on Monday and
runs for the next five weeks and this
Sunday is the fourth round of the
Triathlon Summer Series.
Triathlon is one of New Zealand s
fastest growing sports, with more
and more Kiwis taking up the chal-
lenge to try something new.
Adults and children of all shapes,
sizes and fitness levels are giving it
a go, from beginners events to half
and even full triathlons.
Sport Manawatu and the Mana-
watu Triathlon Club are helping
those new to the sport discover how
much fun a triathlon can be.
We are running a beginners
training programme over eight
weeks ending with a short course
triathlon on Sunday, April 15.
You can choose from three
courses: Short: 1.5km run/walk,
5km bike ride, 100m pool swim;
Medium: 3km run/walk, 10km
bike ride, 300m pool swim;
Long: 5km run/walk, 20km bike
ride, 400m pool swim.
Over the eight-week course you
will learn tips to improve your
swimming, cycling and running,
transitioning between disciplines,
nutrition to perform better, what
race equipment you need and stay-
ing motivated to train and perform.
While we will cater for any fitness
level this course is designed for first
time triathletes or those who are
relatively new to the sport.
The $40 cost includes:
Weekly group class for eight weeks
Instruction by an experienced
triathlete, nutritionist and other
Entry to the Lido Aquatic Centre
for two group swim trainings
One year membership to the
Manawatu Triathlon Club
Entry to the triathlon on April 15.
Classes run on Wednesdays from
5.30pm for an hour, with the first
class on February 22.
Places are limited so register your
interest at sportmanawatu.org.nz/
discovertri or contact Sport Mana-
Wi Ormsby is part of the Sport
Manawatu team promoting sport and
active recreation opportunities to get
everyone active everyday.
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