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News & tips for Nov 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 01/12/2017 09:28:58

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Hello from our new premises at 78 Leonard Road. Well it wasn’t the easiest move but we are finally starting to settle in and Black, our lovely resident warehouse cat has given it the big thumbs up! Christmas is bearing down on us with astonishing rapidity so it’s time to start thinking...

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Spring in the garden

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 01/12/2017 09:22:56

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In theory I should have all my seedlings in the ground by now but alas I don’t. My spuds and toms are in of course – and my favourite silverbeet. But I figure I still have time before Christmas to get a few new things going. Have a look at our new range of Niche Heirloom Seeds . There’s...

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Grilled radish salad

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 21/11/2017 17:33:21

Grilled radish salad name

Serves 4 1 bunch of radishes with their green tops if fresh (or 1 cup spinach leaves as an alternative) Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper Dried chilli flakes Red or white wine vinegar 110 grams pitted medjool dates cut into small bits 1 apple, halved, cored and thinly...

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Spring is also lawn time

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 20/09/2017 17:12:00

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Spring is here and it’s a time when your lawn should look its very best. If you help it, your lawn will know you care and respond accordingly. Here’s my top tips for a great looking lawn this spring: • Give it a good liming just before it rains – maximum 1-3kg per square metre. •...

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News & tips for Sept 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 20/09/2017 17:11:11

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Springtime is seed sowing time. It’s a teensy bit warmer and we are getting the occasional rain free day. So get your galoshes on and get outside and start getting the garden ready for a planting frenzy. Tomatoes, eggplants, beans, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, capsicum and peas can all be...

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Spring Vegetable Frittata

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 19/09/2017 10:50:00

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450g shelled early peas or broad beans 150g asparagus spears 200g slim spring carrots 30g butter 2 Tbsp of oil 125g feta or goats cheese 5gms of tarragon or chervil or basil or whatever takes your fancy   Boil pot of water, put in the peas/broad beans and cook for...

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Cauliflower Fritters

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 04/08/2017 10:17:16

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1 small cauliflower 120g of plain flour (or chickpea flour or a mix of the two) 1 tablespoon Italian parsley 1 garlic clove      2 shallots finely chopped 4 eggs    1 ½ tsp ground cumin     1 tsp ground...

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Away snails and slugs

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 04/08/2017 10:16:02

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Slugs and snails are the curse of a gardener’s life and Baysol is the only pesticide I use in the garden – however in my effort to leave a smaller chemical footprint on our fragile world, I have decided to give something else a try - Oyster shell grit. Normally given to poultry to help with...

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Getting your soil ready

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 04/08/2017 10:15:32

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At the same time start thinking about getting your soil ready for planting out your seedlings. Now is the right time to start adding plenty of compost or soil enhancer. Fodda Soil Enhancer is a fantastic way to boost your soil condition - it's a mix of organic materials and is great for getting...

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News & tips for August 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 04/08/2017 10:14:39

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Have you noticed that daylight is lasting a bit longer? Even though the weather has been terribly dreary it cheers me up to know that ever so slowly we are inching our way towards spring and that means it’s time to start thinking, often of the wishful kind, about what you want out of your...

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Keep moss at bay

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 06/07/2017 16:03:48

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Keep at the moss – we have the elixers here, try heavy liming toward the end of winter to recondition the plants for spring.

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Don't ignore your winter lawn

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 06/07/2017 16:02:34

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I know its normal to ignore your lawn over the winter months and wait for spring before taking some remedial action. This winter though, I’ve changed tactics to try and keep the lawn looking really good right through. Keep it quiet - but my efforts have been amazingly successful. Don’t...

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News & tips for July 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 06/07/2017 12:48:37

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Yay it's potato time! When there is not much else growing in the garden – except the weeds and it's cold and miserable outside I get great pleasure from choosing which new variety of potato I will put into my garden. Last year I went for Pink Fir Apple and Swift . The Pink Fir...

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News & tips for June 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 23/05/2017 19:54:42

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With a couple of frosts under our belt most of us just want to be inside keeping warm. However with the fine calm weather, there are still many things that we can put in the garden – so get those gumboots on! Silverbeet , coriander and potatoes can all still be planted now. Obviously...

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Seed potatoes have arrived!

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 05/05/2017 14:55:39

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I am happy to announce that the first of our seed potatoes have arrived. We currently have arriving - Maris Anchor, Lisetta, Jersey Benny, Cliff Kidney, Agria, Ilam Hardy, Desiree, Purple Heart and Highlander - other varieties will follow as they get dug. Highlander is new to us this year:...

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Treat for the birds

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 05/05/2017 14:53:43

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As the icy breath of winter bares down on us this week, don’t forger our feathered friends - birds need to forage harder in the Winter months! Hang a bird seed bell or feeder with wild bird seed in a tree and make their lives just a little bit easier - they will reward you with their...

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Mother's Day winner

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 05/05/2017 14:51:36

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A big congratulations to Dot C! Dot is the lucky winner of our Get Growing Mother’s Day competition. Dot will be receiving a $100 Newton Seed gift voucher to spend online or instore. Don't forget your Mum on Mother's Day this Sunday 14th May. There's still time to shop & we have lots...

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News & Tips for May 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 05/05/2017 14:39:05

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Make hay while the sun shines! While we are enjoying a spate of lovely weather here in the north we need to get out in the garden and replace what was lost in the recent storms. Many growers have struggled to supply leafy green vegetables because of the damage to the commercial crops. Now is...

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Autumn sowing for lawns

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 31/03/2017 20:32:33

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Right now is the best time for sowing a new lawn or repairing the old one. Ground temperature is still around 20 degrees and there’s rain about as well – perfect. Autumn sowing gives the plants the whole winter to mature and get ready for the heat of summer. Above is a picture from...

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Benefits of a green crop

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 31/03/2017 20:31:29

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It’s a good idea to plant a green crop to give your soil a bit of TLC, after what can be best described as a summer horribilis. Oats will give the soil a bit of protein; Mustard adds organic matter and can protect against wireworm; and Blue Lupins add nitrogen and organic matter. TOP...

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News & tips for April 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 31/03/2017 20:30:39

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Autumn is a great month to clean up and clear out the garden and we have got a great little helper here at Newtons – the Precision Weeder. Easy on the back and a great alternative to spraying (got to look after our bee friends) you can use these in your lawns and garden beds. A great...

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News & tips for March 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 28/02/2017 12:14:25

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The ever darkening mornings coming upon us hold a promise of autumn and yet our balmy days and nights still point to high summer. It seems as if the seasons have lost their rhythm; one can’t figure out when to stop and the other when to start. In the garden this can confuse our wee little...

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Grass Seed

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 28/02/2017 12:11:23

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At last after many delays our Kikuyu seed is back in stock! Kikuyu is deal for those who live in hot, dry parts of the country who want to have grass, but don’t have any water or for those lucky enough to have a bach and they are just not there enough to keep the water going. Kikuyu...

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Bird Life

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 28/02/2017 12:10:20

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If you are trying to attract some birdlife into your garden there are a few things you can do now. Put in a birdbath. Especially when it's dry, birds will look for a source of clean water. Fantails especially are drawn to the sound of water whether it be a garden sprinkler or dripping...

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Merry Christmas & happy holidays!

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 08/12/2016 07:56:36

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Well now, it’s almost the end of the year and time for our hardworking staff to take a well-deserved break and get some sun. But don’t despair, there is still plenty of time for you to get your bird, lawn and vege seed supplies before Christmas. The Newton’s shop in Onehunga will close...

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Balsamic roasted summer veges

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 08/12/2016 07:54:13

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1 large eggplant 1 large red onion 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic (optional) 3 red, yellow or orange capsicums 3 or 4 medium courgettes Enough olive oil to coat the vegetables (be generous) 3-4 tbsp of good balsamic vinegar 1 ½ tbsp of brown sugar Salt and pepper Chop...

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Baked peppers, tomatoes & feta

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 24/11/2016 13:18:45

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4 large ripe peppers (red, orange, yellow or chocolate) 350gms of cherry tomatoes 250gms feta 16 kalamata olives (stone them if you’re feeling generous) Black pepper 8 tsp basil pesto Olive oil   Halve the peppers and remove and discard any stalks, cores or seeds....

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Still time for lawns

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 30/07/2010 16:39:01

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Summer is fast approaching and now is the perfect time to resow your lawn or patch it up. We are still getting a decent bit of rain and the temperatures are creeping up on us. There is a bit of debate over whether we are going to have a big dry or a wet and hot summer but given that...

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Buy chook food online!

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 30/07/2010 16:34:58

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While the world in general is divided by the election of the newest rooster to the international roost our customer’s chooks seem pretty well happy with their lot. When it comes to chook food you can supplement a free range diet with grain and scraps or you can decide to feed pellets or;...

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