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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, October 15, 2012 --- 23 SAVE $300 206543-V4 107939 PHONE FOR A FREE NO-OBLIGATION QUOTE ~ PH 272 4502 FAX 272 4501 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org 12/5 Neil Park Drive, East Tamaki • www.mmfencing.co.nz Specialists in quality made Trellis & Fencing & Concrete Drive Services M&M CONCRETE SERVICES For all your Concrete needs: Drives, Paths, Patios and all Concrete Repairs. PHONE THE PROFESSIONALS Ph Mike 021 931 261 SPECIALISTS in quality Trellis, Fencing & Retaining We build custom-sized kitchens at • sensible prices. Our advice and design service is • free of charge. Carpentry service available. • Phone for a design appointment or visit our showroom with 10 kitchens on display Jag Kitchens Inside Danske Mobler Furniture Store, beside The Warehouse, Botany Town Centre. Open 7 Days. Phone 271-3131. www.jagkitchens.co.nz 111450-V3 Jess, Caroline, Angela, Liz and Lesley. 118232 115194-V14 20% OFF CUBE & ODYSSEY Our Homes TODAY AS LONG as tomatoes have sun, food and water, they do most of the rest themselves. Growing tomatoes from seed is the cheapest way. They germinate readily from seeds, but it takes about six weeks. Sow seeds in trays of Tui Seed Raising Mix in spring, water and keep soil moist. Seedlings will appear within a few weeks. Once plants are about a month old, they can be ‘pricked out’ into pots or other receptacles such as used takeaway coffee cups. Grow on until they are at least 10-14 centimetres tall. At this stage they should be strong enough to be transplanted into the garden, a pot or the greenhouse. Garden centres have hundreds of plants ready for transplanting now. Young plants are available until the end of December. Heirloom plants are packed with favour and interesting characteristics that add to their appeal. Over the years plant hybridisers bred new varieties with the aim of producing the perfect, round, sweet tomato. While many of the new varieties are exceptional, the favour can often be traced back to some of the earliest heirloom varieties. Money Maker is a mid-sized tomato, hardy and reliable. Beefsteak is a large feshy, tasty tomato and needs plenty of room. Roma is an acid-free, sweet tomato. Sweet 100 is the most well- known cherry tomato. Heirloom varieties include Brandywine Pink which has super sweet fruit and feshy texture. Yellow Pear is bright yellow with small, pear- shaped favoursome fruit while Black Krim, originally from the Black Sea, is a dark purple/black fruit. Tomaccio, also known as the raisin tomato, is new for 2012. It is said to be the sweetest of all. If ripe fruit are left on the vine they dry to become favoursome, semi-dried, raisin-like fruits. Choose a sunny position for tomatoes and prepare the garden by blending in Tui Tomato Mix or fll containers with Tui Tomato Mix. Mix in some Saturaid to enable the soil to hold more moisture. Tomatoes need staking to support the heavy stems of fruit. Put the stake in the ground or soil before planting, ensuring the plant isn’t severed from its roots when it goes in. Dig a hole about twice the depth of the root ball and twice the width of the plant. Half fll the hole with Tui Tomato Mix. Place the seedling into the hole and fll with potting mix. Establish the plant frmly in the soil or mix and water well. The more tomatoes are fed, the more productive they will be. Fertilise with Max Feed Tomato & Vegetables liquid fertiliser. Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Ideally, water deeply once or twice a week rather than a little every day. Remove laterals as soon as they appear. More information is online at www.tuitime.co.nz Growing juicy red fruits WIN A TOMATO GROWING KIT The Times has a tomato growing prize kit. The prize includes two Tui Tomato Mix, one Tui Tomato food, one Seasol Plant Tonic valued at $50. To enter the draw, tell us how long it takes a seedling to germinate. Write the answer, your address and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and post to Win A Tomato Growing Kit Competition, Times Newspapers Ltd, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 or enter online at www.times.co.nz. Entries close at noon on October 23.
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