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Garden News

September 2014
New seedlings for planting out.

Kate sent this photo to show developments in the garden.

2013 August
The lupin has been dug into the soil for enrichment.


1. The Remuera Lions visited the Centre on the 28th June. They formally declared the utilities area open. They joined the REAF teachers for morning tea after the ceremony.

2. The Mayor visited the Centre. He was very impressed with the garden. Fortunately the event was reported in the East and Bays Courier. That article will be available on this site very soon.

3. The garden is looking pristine. The Mayor is coming tomorrow and he will be most impressed.

4. The utility area has been completed and many more paving stones laid. This such a great area, the Lions who come to open it will be impressed with how their donation has been deployed.


1. The garden has been dug over and Osmana Mandall has planted a variety of winter vegetables. Leeks, spring onions, cabbage and cauliflower plants have all gone in.  Radish and peas are just poking through. Broadbeans are next. There is still very healthy and beautiful Kale available in the garden.

2. A lot of clearing happened in the last week. Straw has been laid around the citrus and the strawberries.
 Spinach has been planted.   

3. The garden shed has arrived and is about to be transferred to its final home in the utilities area. This finishes the complex which looks very impressive.
 Just in time for the Mayor's visit.

Garden Tips from Trish

June is a good month to build raised beds to improve soil drainage.  Soil quality is also improved by a good dressing of Garden Lime. Lime is great for leafy crops such as broccoli, cabbage, silver beet and rhubarb.


Broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, garlic, lettuce, peas, onions and shallots can all be planted now in sheltered warm areas. Potatoes can be planted in frost free areas too.

June is the best month for planting fruit trees too. Careful preparation when planting will ensure healthy crops. Dig the hole deep and wide and add generous amounts of manure or compost. Establish the future shape of the tree with a gentle prune keeping the centre open to sunlight and bee pollination. Aim for a balanced shape and moderate height with space between all the branches.

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