North Shore Times : December 17th 2010
9 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 17, 2010 Advertising Feature Living Home 3253637AF Smart Interiors Ltd 49 Paul Matthews Road, Albany Ph 414 2988 East Tamaki Branch Ph 273 8128 Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-4pm white and chocolate colour, MDF water- proof, Ceramic top for all of them 04-1200 wall-hung double basin Was: $885.00 Now: $559.00 04-1200 wall-hung single basin Was $785.00 Now: $499.00 04-900 wall-hung Was: $685.00 Now: $399.00 04-750 wall-hung Was: $570.00 Now: $349.00 Christmas Sale Buy one vanity get same size mirror for FREE Right into Outdoor Power Equipment www.stihlshop.co.nz STIHL MS 211 ErgoStart $795, usually $895. STIHL ErgoStart makes starting your chainsaw super easy. A smooth pull with two fingers is all it takes. 1.7kW, 35.2cc, 4.6kg, 40cm guide bar. Offer also applies to the STIHL MS 230 and MS 250. Valid until 31 December 2010 or while stocks last. FREE UPGRADE TO ERGOSTART! SAVE $100 Come in for a standard chainsaw and leave with an ErgoStart Chainsaw for no extra cost! Santa's got one Have you? STIHL SHOPTM Albany 265 Albany Highway Phone 09 414 0022 Open 7 days Mon--Fri 8.30am--5.30pm Sat 9am--4pm, Sun 10am--4pm Public Holidays 10am-- 4pm ALBANY HIGHWAY CHNAPPER ROCK RD O AKWAY DRIVE SCHNAPPER ROCK ROAD Albany Jr High School S TM There's still time to grow tomatoes In December, in all but the coldest areas, there s still time to sow a new crop of tomatoes. In fact, because the soil is warm, tomato seeds can be sown direct into garden beds; the young plants will leap into growth. In cooler regions it s best to choose the small-growing tomatoes like Tiny Tim or Small Fry or fast producers such as Roma (pictured) that will mature before the cold weather arrives. If you re short of space or want to take advantage of a particularly warm spot, remember that tomatoes grow happily in a good-sized pot. There s another upside to pot culture, too: Because tom- atoes are susceptible to soil- dwelling diseases they should be grown in fresh soil each year. But it can be a chal- lenge to find a new bed for every crop. Pots filled with fresh potting mix (always use a top quality mix like Yates Profes- sional) allow you to have the equivalent of a new garden bed for each season. Yates Tuscan Edge pots are described as self-watering because of their moisture- holding well in the base. This reserve of water stretches the length of time between waterings. If your busy life means that you occasionally forget to water, these pots will be very forgiving. Generously-fed tomatoes will produce bumper crops. Start by adding extra organic matter to the soil before planting. Compost is good, or some well-aged manure. Don t use anything too fresh as it can burn tender roots. A base fertiliser, such as blood and bone or Dynamic Lifter pellets, can be incor- porated into the soil as well. As the seedlings grow, regularly apply a liquid food such as Thrive, Nitrosol or Natures Way Fish Emulsion (ideally every two weeks). Yates Thrive Flower & Fruit is balanced to promote good growth and generous production. It includes an extra ration of potassium that enhances disease resist- ance. Yates fertiliser range also includes a liquid form of Thrive that is specially formulated for tomatoes Summer is pest season, so watch for the hordes that will want to attack your precious tomatoes. Whitefly is a tiny, (you guessed it) white, flying, mini-moth-looking insect that adores sucking the sap out of tomato leaves. It hides under the leaves and is always accompanied by dozens, even hundreds, of eggs that will soon hatch out into more flies. Whiteflies are often described as vectors of dis- ease. This means that they move problems from one plant to another. When the insects break open the cells to feed on the plant sugars, they pick up disease spores from affected plants that they then spread to other plants. Control whiteflies by sprinkling Yates Tomato Dust (remember to dust as thoroughly as possible under the leaves as well as on top) or by spraying with Yates Natures Way Fruit & Vegie Gun. Tomato dust will also help prevent some disease infec- tion. Tomato caterpillar is green grub that eats its way into the tomato. Fortunately its relatively easy to control with Yates Success. Sunken brown patches on the base of the fruit are symptoms of blossom end rot, which is caused by the plants inability to take up calcium. Add lime before planting and keep plants well watered.
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