Manukau Courier : December 23rd 2010
10 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 23, 2010 NEWS Experienced in meeting the needs of grieving families Genuine Care Professional Service Member Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand 110 Kolmar Rd, Papatoetoe (cnr Weston Ave) Ph 277 2526 www.troupfuneralhome.co.nz www.national.org.nz 4 Station Road, Manurewa | P: 09 267 1110 | E: email@example.com Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, health and happiness in the New Year Dr Cam Calder NATIONAL MP Based in Manurewa Ph: 271 2081 283 East Tamaki Rd, East Tamaki TYRE SERVICE, MECHANICAL REPAIRS WOF $20 6 DAYS • Used Tyres from $25 • Full Service from $95 • Wheel Alignments - $39 + GST OPEE EN 3324300AA - Family Health Care - Men's Health - Skin Cancer minor surgery - Travel health advice - Immigration Medicals 111 St George Street Papatoetoe Manukau, 2025 Tel: (09) 278 5361 Dr Rama Velalagan MBBS, FRNZCGP New Patient Enrolments OPEN NOW Papatoetoe Medical Centre Edible garden serves as fine example By MELISSA KINEALY Eat your work: Auckland Botanic Gardens curator Brooke Stark and collection curator of the edibles Nicky Reynolds in the newly opened Edible Garden. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK A five-roomed edible garden is set- ting a fine example for green- fingered enthusiasts. Growing your own fruit and veg- gies is easy if you know how and Auckland Botanic Garden's latest project is all about giving visitors ideas about growing their own pro- duce at home. The Edible Garden is like step- ping into different rooms of a house with something on offer in each space. The Walled Garden, Orchard and Rain Garden opened last month as an extension of the existing Culi- nary Courtyard and Kiwi Backyard gardens. It doesn't matter if you're a novice or an expert, the gardens have something for everyone, curator Brooke Stark says. The whole idea is to encourage people to grow their own fresh pro- duce, she says. Inside the Walled Garden are rows of flourishing lettuces, chives, beans and plenty more. It's about showcasing vegetables as beautiful and giving ideas of growing food up against back walls.'' The garden's a great learning space for kids too -- there they can touch and smell the plants and get an understanding for how things grow. Raised planter beds in the Kiwi Backyard help kids to see what's going on so they can actually look at a fennel bulb or the top of a carrot, she says. A veggie garden doesn't have to be hidden and out of the way.'' And gardens staff have just planted a new orchard of top fruit trees to grow in Auckland, including macadamias and plums. The Culinary Courtyard has been re-developed since it opened in 2008 to include a more interactive space and inside are plants like lavendula -- used in food like shortbread. Plants in the Rain Garden are sited to collect all the irrigation and stormwater from the other rooms. That feeds them with sediment and nutrients and prevents those going into waterways such as the neigh- bouring manmade lake. Healthy soil makes healthy plants.'' Visitors can also find out how to make great compost for their gar- dens. Edibles collection curator Nicky Reynolds suggests they should go beyond the garden fence when mak- ing their own compost and ask neighbours for things like used cof- fee grinds. Composted horse manure, for example, helps suppress weeds and retain soil moisture. Garden picks 12 trees The Auckland Botanic Gardens orchard is planted with the Top 12 fruit trees for Auckland, based on research and visitor response. The orchard is planted with: Macadamia beaumont (semi self-fertile) and macadamia maroochy (in the Kiwi Backyard) Apple Monty's surprise (self- fertile) Pear seckles and pear starkcrimson Peach orion Plum Duff's early jewel and plum hawera Avocado feurte, avocado reed and avocado haas (in the Kiwi Backyard) Citrus golden special (grapefruit) Citrus carters (navel orange) Persimmon fuyu (non- astringent variety of persimmon) Fig brunnoro black Feijoa apollo and triumph Olive chemali Tips to remember: Keep fruit trees well watered and mulched over summer Some of these fruit trees will need a ''mate'' to help with pollination. Fruit trees have been planted in the Kiwi Backyard as well as espaliered fruit trees in the Walled Garden to assist with this Apples can be challenging to grow in Auckland's humid climate -- the variety listed above is worth growing for disease resistance and nutritional value.
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