your central hawkes bay community portal
this is


Otane Arts and Crafts Corner are hosting their annual Queen’s Birthday Exhibition Weekend between Friday 31st and Sunday 2nd June, 10am to 4pm.  Members will be showcasing a wide variety of Art and Craftwork for sale spanning our eight different groups.  Plants, preserves and homebaking will be available along with an eftpos facility, raffle and delicious Devonshire teas and coffees.  OACC is located on the corner of Higginson Street and White Road in Otane village.  Entry is free.
We are currently raising much needed funds to replace the roof on this historic building. 

Friday 1st Feb – 10am – 12pm: Options for managing arthritis seminar. Includes presentations by a rheumatologist, pharmacist, physiotherapist and nutritionist. Harris/Simkin Room, Pettigrew Green Arena, Taradale.

Monday 11th Feb – 10am – 11am: Tips for managing osteoarthritis, presented by Zoe Pullman, arthritis educator. St Lukes Church Hall, Havelock North.

Monday 11th Feb – 11.30am – 12.30pm Tips for managing inflammatory auto-immune arthritis (e.g., rheumatoid, psoriatic, lupus), presented by Zoe Pullman, arthritis educator. St Lukes Church Hall, Havelock North.

Friday 15th Feb – 10am – 11am: Tips for managing osteoarthritis, presented by Zoe Pullman, arthritis educator. AW Parsons Indoor Pool Meeting Room, Waipukurau

# Continue to plant tomatoes, peppers, kumara, cucumbers and all those vegetables that like it warm.

# Mound up your potatoes. Any potato tubers on the surface will go green and then not edible.

# Sow sweet corn and bean seeds directly into the ground. Watch for slugs and snails on your beans, they love them. Sweet corn produce better if planted in a block.

# Feed tomato plants with a specific fertiliser, high in potash. Also take out laterals and tie plants up a stake, carefully.

# Cover berry fruit with bird netting, as the birds will find them, as they colour up. Keep plants watered and well fed.

# Tie or support new growth on climbing roses, dahlias and delphiniums.

# Spray lawns now for prickle weed and don’t forget to do it again in the autumn.

# Longer days are welcomed and warmer temperatures[we hope]

# October is a busy month, particularly in the vegetable garden. But be warned, some things prefer it quite warm so wait until end of month.

# Start to fertilise…as with warmer soils and moisture plants put on good growth, especially citrus, roses and fruit trees.

# Sow carrot and parsnip seed. Put a board on row of parsnip. This keeps them moist during germination. Don’t forget to take it off after 10 days. Take time to sow carrots or use seed tapes so you don’t have to thin.

# Sow pumpkin, cucumber, zucchini etc. seeds in peat pots in warm spot, too plant out at end of month, without having to disturb them.

# Enjoy the scents of winter, Daphne and Winter Sweet. Pick the flowers to prune, encouraging new growth and therefore flowers for next year.

#  The shortest day has past but still time to plant your garlic. Push each clove into the soil, about finger length and the point facing up.

#  Plant new fruit trees…plums, peaches pears etc.

# Purchase new and plant replacement roses. Remember to remove soil where old rose was and replace with rose compost. When planting a new rose bed add lots of compost and use slow release fertiliser under each plant. This will begin to work as the soil warms up in spring.

#  Sharpen, clean[with hot soapy water], and  oil secateurs and loppers for your rose pruning.Avoid walking on garden beds when very wet.

# Prune gooseberry, blackcurrants, grapes raspberries and rambling boysenberries.

# With moist weather seedling weeds will appear, so hoe or fork out and allow to die in the sun.

# Cut down tops of asparagus and give good dressing of general fertiliser.

#Plant spring maturing cabbage, cauli, silver beet, spinach, Kale and broccoli seedlings. Continue to liquid feed leeks, they love worm wee.

# Sow lupin or mustard seed, in vacant areas, digging plants into the soil in early spring to boost fertility.

#  Prepare ground for onion seedlings and garlic, digging in compost and sheep pellets.

#May is the last month to plant spring flowering bulbs, before the soil gets too cold.

#Get ready to put frost cloth over frost tender plants or move pots to a sheltered position.

#Collect fallen leaves and add to compost or use as mulch on the garden.

# Lily bulbs will be available in garden centre in May.

#  Keep up the watering. Remember to water early in the morning if possible and give a good soak rather than a light sprinkle.  We can help with installing a fixed irrigation system if this would make watering easier for you.

 # Remove spent blooms from your flowering plants e.g. roses, petunias and geraniums. This will encourage them to continue too flower and give them more fertilizer.

# It is time too plant leeks and Brussels sprout plants for winter eating.

# Lightly trim the dead flowers from lavenders and hebes. This will help to stop them becoming leggy.

# Watch for white butterfly caterpillars on your cabbage, broccoli etc. either spray with Mavrik, dust with Derris Dust or squeeze them with fingers.

# Cut down to the ground,  canes of raspberries that fruited, leaving new growth which will fruit  next year.

# A typical Hawke’s Bay summer is hot and dry. Water conservation is very important.
 I find the raised beds for my vegetables great, but they do dry out quickly. So every 2 days give them a good soaking, NOT a sprinkle with the hose every night, and use a good compost when replanting.

# Beans will be very plentiful from now on. Keep them well watered and continue picking every couple of days, as this will keep them flowering and cropping. If you have space, sow some more seed. Climbing beans up a ring of bamboo stakes is a good idea. Vertical cropping!

#  Protect newly planted seedlings from the wind and the hot sun, using windbreak cloth or shade cloth. Only water in the evening, then the plants has all night to absorb the moisture. Never water during the heat of the day, as you can burn the leaves and give garden a good soaking regularly, rather than a light sprinkle.

#  Keep garden free of weeds and give plants a light dressing of general fertilizer.

# Tie up tomatoes, and remember to take out the laterals if you want nice tidy plants.

# Look at zucchinis daily, so you don’t end up with marrows.

# Potatoes planted in September, or earlier, can be dug and I bet they will be delicious with a little butter and mint sauce {bring to the boil, then turn element down very low]

•    Continue doing the jobs that never got done in October, or are ongoing.
•    It’s not too late to plant tomato, cucumber, pepper and kumara plants.
•    To keep the Psyllids off potato and tomato plants, there have been great results from covering them with Insect Mesh.
•    Over the summer months, remove excessive leaf growth off grapes, cutting back to a bunch of grapes.
•    Cover berry fruits with bird netting. Keep well watered and apply fertiliser high in potash.
•    As roses flower and dead heads appear, remove them and this keeps bushes flowering through Christmas. Apply more rose fertiliser and water deeply once a week if no rain.
•    Sow bean and sweet corn seed. Continue planting lettuce plants, at intervals to have a steady supply over summer.


# Early spring can be frustrating for us gardeners. We are keen to get planting but we have to remember how changeable the temperatures can be. Later in the month you can begin to sow seeds of tender plants such as cucumbers, pumpkins, cucumbers and tomato seeds in containers in a greenhouse or somewhere warm and protected from frosts. These can then be planted out mid October, depending on the weather. But don't forget  to harden them off before planting out into the elements. Be weary of frosts to avoid disappointment!!!!

# Top up veggie bins with compost and sheep pellets. Dig in cover crops that have been cut down. It will then be ready for planting into in October.

# Continue to prune your roses. Renew the ties on climbers and standards, using soft stretchy cotton strips of fabric. Follow with spray of spraying oil.

# Later in the month fertilise roses with a specific rose food and apply a layer of mulch/ pea hay/ compost.

# Add groups of colour by planting potted colour flowering won't be long before summer flowering annuals are available. Keep off very wet gardens.

# Keep planting fruit trees, berries, roses, and ornamental trees. Cut runners from strawberry plants and use as new plants. Replace plants if more than 3 years old.
# Clean out greenhouses/glasshouses in preparation of new season tomato and cucumber plants. Replace soil if needed as you don't want too plant tomatoes in the same soil as last year. Replace with good quality vegetable mix.

#  Plant Christmas Lilies in containers to enjoy their perfumed flowers at Christmas

#  Sprinkle a little Lime around carnations, lavenders, dianthus, sweet peas and gypsophila

#  Feed Polyanthus, Primula and Pansy both in the garden and pots. They like very small amounts of Dried Blood or mix some Thrive with water. Also take off dead heads, this encourages them to keep flowering.

#  Vegetables you can plant in June are…Garlic cloves, Red Onions, Pukekohe Longkeeper Onions, Shallots, Silver Beet, Spinach, frilly lettuce,  and Broccoli.

#   You can plant a punnet of frilly lettuce [these you can pull off individual leaves] in a pot, using good potting mix and placing it in a warm sunny spot and don’t forget to water it.

Ongoing Quiz

Winter – Spring 2016

Help us

  1. Raise money for CHB SPCA
  2. Find CHB’s Mastermind(s) for 2016


DONATE a gold coin (or more!) at one of the following venues:

  • Vet Services HB (Takapau Rd)
  • Waipawa Library
  • Waipukurau Library

YOU will be given a quiz sheet which you can complete at your leisure.


IF you wish to be included in the Mastermind competition as an individual or a team or just wish to know your score

  • Return your answers to one of the above venues by the date shown on the quiz sheet, OR
  • Email your answers to

ALLOW two days for marking after the closing date.


# Leaves will be starting to drop, so rake up and add to compost. Now you can make a pile of this good brown material to add to compost with green stuff during the coming months. We tend to have plenty “green”  and not much ‘brown’ and too much “green” makes gluggy compost.

# Sow lupin or mustard seed in areas of veggie garden not in use over winter.

# Christmas and other lilies are available in garden centres from mid May. So don’t forget if you like to have them to pick at Christmas.

#Flowering Polyanthus are good value for instant colour over winter. Give existing ones a teaspoon of Dried Blood and they will come away.

# Prepare areas where you plan to plant new roses now. They will be available beginning of June so it’s good to prepare the hole now.