With winter fast approaching it's time to look at your fireplaces and chimneys
•Clean chimneys and flues before you light the first fire of the season.
•Always use a fireguard or spark-guard when using an open fire.
•Never throw rubbish into the fireplace – particularly batteries and aerosol cans.
•Always empty ashes and ashtrays into a metal bin and pour water over them before disposal. Remember that ashes can take up to 5 days to cool.
•Keep matches, lighters and anything else that can create fire out of reach of children.
Remember: Smoke alarms save lives
Coco follows her owner round the house all day, Buster has started barking at strangers, and Rover has already been walked by every member of the family today. Twice. Dogs are overjoyed to have humans home 24/7, but they're sensitive, and during times of human stress need special care. How are your pets coping?
Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,
Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).
In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.
We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.
Hi, just want to inform anyone that hasn’t heard that the supermarkets are giving priority to essential workers and vulnerable people. I work at the hospital and was told this was the case but encountered an unpleasant situation with a fellow shopper. My husband has a condition so he’s unable to do the shopping without risk to his health so it’s up to me to manage the shopping at some point in my week. After a long busy shift the last thing essential workers want is to spend another hour or so at the supermarket. I know everyone is having issues but please be kind. I as a health worker don’t feel entitled but at this time work is more stressful so this gesture by the supermarkets does help. We really appreciate your understanding. Thank you www.sunlive.co.nz...