Gardens and gardening

Published: 2017-02-10
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SUMMER CROPS ARE IN: Vera Marshall’s tomato plants are in and looking good. Her four children are now adults but, as a solo mum, she always grew vegetables to help sustain her family.

Papakura’s Vera Marshall may rent her Housing New Zealand home, but the house-proud 54-year-old treats the property like she owns it.

In the three years she’s lived there, she has transformed the garden from tidy but bare, to a suburban oasis boasting a vegetable garden, ornaments and a colourful array of flowers.

Published: 2017-01-13
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Some tips and advice to get your vegie garden growing.

By planting particular vegies in particular months you can get the best out of your garden.

We have a list to help you get started...

If summer is playing the game, it should be hot and dry this month so keep up the watering. In the cool of the morning and as the sun is going down are the most effective times to water, and remember to water the roots – not the leaves.

Published: 2016-11-21
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Spring is now in full swing. Have a look at some tips for getting your garden ready for summer.

In this issue of Close to Home we will be looking at how to prepaire the soil, what to plant and how to feed them.


Published: 2016-09-13
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Spring has arrived and the garden is coming to life. Have a look at some tips for getting your garden ready.

In the coming issue of Close to Home we will be telling you about how to attract birds to your garden, what to plant and how to feed them.


Published: 2016-05-24
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Housing New Zealand tenant Kara Steedman has transformed a previously empty section into a highly productive garden, complete with fruit trees, native plants and vegetable gardens.

The Housing New Zealand tenant from Timaru is turning her life around after a marriage breakup, redundancies and the financial pressures that came with these challenges.

Despite these hurdles, she undertook a horticultural course at Aoraki Polytechnic and is now in her final year of studying for a Diploma in Agriculture from Lincoln University.

Published: 2016-05-24
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A Christchurch community garden project is flourishing. Supported by Housing New Zealand, the Riccarton West Community Garden has been embraced with great pride by the community.

The project was started in October 2013 when a group of young people from the Student Army, members of the Neighbourhood Policing team and local residents came together to prepare the Peverel Street site for planting. The land had been loaned by Housing New Zealand on a year-to-year basis.

Published: 2016-07-01
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Christchurch tenant Phil Turner is rightly proud of his impressive vegetable garden and encourages other tenants to try growing their own produce.

Growing your own vegetables is healthy, fun and cheap. Housing New Zealand tenant Phil Turner can testify to that.

The Christchurch man has an impressive vegetable garden that he tends throughout the year.

Published: 2017-11-01
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Some tips and advice to get your garden growing.