Eastern Courier : March 9th 2011
10 EASTERN COURIER, MARCH 9, 2011 NEWS A great offer on iPhone 4 $0 upfront iPhone 4 16GB on a 24 month Smart4 for iPhone plan FaceTime requires iPhone 4 and Wi-Fi connection for both caller and recipient. TM and © 2010 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Vodafone On Account terms and conditions apply. See vodafone.co.nz for details. 3G coverage required for 3G services. iPhone 4 requires a microSIM. Offer ends 31 March 2011 or while promotional stocks last. www.digitalmobile.co.nz Shop online at www.digitalmobile.co.nz or visit your local Digital Mobile store. Botany - Pavillion, Botany Town Centre. Ph: 0800 43 444 825 ti Rakau - 500 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany. Ph: 0800 43 444 825 Motorway Improvement Work Wiri Station Rd / Redoubt Rd Intersection / Great South Road NZTA_WSR_0703 The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists there will be major resurfacing work on SH20C - Wiri Station Road to Redoubt Road intersection & Great South Road -- Wiri Station Road to Lakewood Court starting the evening of Monday 7 March. The work will be carried out at night between the hours of 8pm and 6am, due to reduced traffic volumes and to minimise disruption to road users. We expect the work will take around 3 nights to complete, and the following closures will be in place during this time: 7 - 8 March - Contraflow on Wiri Station Road from Putney Way to Redoubt Road interchange, east and west bound traffic will be maintained. - Leyton Way entrance/exit of the Manukau mall car park closed. - Manukau northbound on ramp closed. - Great South Road closed between Ronwood Ave and Wiri Station Road (follow sign-posted detour). 9 March -- Contraflow on Great South Road from Wiri Station Road to Lakewood Court -- Restricted access to Lakewood Court (no detour). Please note that detours could add around 5-10 minutes to standard journey times. These works are an important part of the maintenance programme to ensure the state highway is kept in good and safe condition for all road users. For updates and information about these works, or any other motorway issues please call Auckland Motorways on 09 5200 200. COME TO THE CARNIVAL! FROM NOON THIS SATURDAY! Free family friendly fun, activities and entertainment Dress-ups! Donkey rides and petting zoo. Puppet shows! Music. Free introductory dance workshops for kids. Join in Art workshops, face painting, Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba and more! Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga www.tetuhi.org.nz 09 577 0138 firstname.lastname@example.org TELESCOPE VIEWINGS, MUSIC, FILMS, GALLERIES OPEN UNTIL MIDNIGHT Time to plant winter veggies This time of the year we start planting our winter vegetables, clean up the flower gardens and tackle general mainten- ance around the garden. The lawns may need a bit of attention because of our hot dry summer. It is fine to reseed damaged patches and apply a liquid fertiliser to the established lawns. Top tips If you have mealy bug on your pot plants, remove the whole plant from its pot to check if the roots are also infected. If they are, drench the soil with Con- fidor. Immerse the whole root system of the plant in a bucket of Confidor solution until bubbles no longer rise. Repot in fresh potting mix. Plant citrus trees. Prune late harvested fruit trees. Rake up any fallen fruit. Vegetable growing Most of the summer vegetables have been harvested now. Some people will plant a green crop or plant their winter vegetables such as broccoli, cauli- flower, cabbage and leeks. Lift and divide chives. Plant calendulas amongst the vegetables, as they will deter pests. Lift and dry onions. Sow winter lettuces. Beetroot, carrots and radish can tolerate light frosts only. Flowering garden Plant spring bulbs now. You can mix them with annuals, low-growing perennials or creeping plants which later help to hide yellowing leaves. Lavenders like a well- drained soil rich in lime. Cut back perennials. Time to lift and divide gerberas. Remember to lime your garden every two years. Add blood and bone and sheep pellets to your gar- den. Dig these well in and water, otherwise dogs will have a lovely time digging up your garden. Sow sweet peas. Sunlight Plants need sunlight to activate the green pig- ment in leaves which then combines carbon dioxide gas from the air and water from the soil to make sugars and starch, enabling the plant to grow and thrive. Next month we look at the benefits of sea water. -- Dave Bradshaw is head of the Manukau Institute of Technology's school of horticulture and landscaping. PLANT NUTRIENTS Nutrients needed by plants may be derived from the following sources. Boron: Melon leaves, sea water, sunflowers, red seaweed. Calcium: Limestone, shells, chalk, seaweed, rock phosphate. Chlorine: Sea water. Copper: Spinach, dandelions. Iodine: Seaweeds, fish fertilisers, milk, watercress. Magnesium: Farmyard manure, dolomite. Manganese: Carrot tops. Molybdenum: Poplar leaves, peach tree clippings. Nitrogen: Farmyard manure, grass clippings, tea leaves, apple leaves. Phosphorus: Rock phosphate, dried blood, fish wastes. Potash: Sheep manure, potato tubers, banana skins. Sodium: Sea water, legume leaves. Zinc: Pig manure, peach tree wastes, popular leaves.
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