Kapi-Mana News : February 26th 2013
58 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 LIFESTYLE www.harcourts.co.nz Contributor to realestate.co.nz Team MKH Ltd Harcourts Building Dolly Varden Crescent Mana 04 233 9233 www.paremata.harcourts.co.nz For Sale Deadline Sale, 7th March 2013 at 1.00pm, Harcourts Paremata Office (Vendor reserves the right to sell prior). View www.harcourts.co.nz/PE6411 Open Open Home Sunday: 12:00-12:40pm Leanne Bunnell-Haywood P 04 233 2810 M 027 622 2007 W: www.leannebh.co.nz E firstname.lastname@example.org Team MKH Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008 3221 Perfectly Placed This is what family life is all about, light and bright, and designed by architect Max Edridge, this brick and cedar home with chapel ceilings is a short walk to the local Kindergarten and beach. Attracting all day sun this gorgeous 3 bdm home has great indoor/outdoor flow to a private deck, with lovely inlet views, perfect for BBQs and entertaining friends and family.RV$620,000 Paremata 13 Bayview Road FINAL REMINDER For Sale Enquiry From $270,000 View www.harcourts.co.nz/PE6397 Open Open home Sunday 1.00 - 1.40pm Angie Prince P042332812 M0274458386 E email@example.com Team MKH Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008 2111 1 First Home Or Investor Alert! This is a great opportunity to own an affordable first home or add to your investment portfolio! The property has open plan living/dining areas, a wood burner, sea views from the kitchen, conservatory, garaging plus off-street parking. Situated for good sun, this single level home is within walking distance to public transport, schools, the beach, and all that Titahi Bay has to offer! Pick up the phone today and call me to come and look for yourself. Titahi Bay 117 Waiuta Street U3A's course Mana U3A (University of the Third Age) is about to kick off its 2013 season with new courses and seminars. Following the success of last year's seminar, The History of Western Music, tutor Carolyn Rait is launching a course called The Life and Times of Individual Composers. Climate change will be the subject of another one- session seminar, with Dr David Lowe as the speaker. A three-session seminar on the history of Porirua is planned for the end of the year. Long-established courses in creative writing, travellers' tales and earth science will continue to be offered. The U3A provides education designed for older people, and includes four quarterly meetings with a guest speaker in St Mary's Church Hall, Whitby. Study or interest groups generally meet in private homes. Any retired resident of Porirua wanting to make inquiries about membership can telephone Ross Williamson on 233 1118. Carrots seed far and wide By VICKI PRICE Seed mines: The abundant inflorescence of the humble carrot. Photo: VICKI PRICE What a goldmine a flower- ing carrot is. Apart from the tall, elegant visual display of its umbelliferous flowers, it produces a heap of seed. Many flying insects appreciate the flowers, some of them ben- eficial -- many useful for polli- nation around the garden -- and it all comes from one tiny seed. Carrot seeds on the plant, unlike in the packet, are covered with a set of firm hairs, ready to catch a ride on any animal or woolly jersey that brushes past. They can spread themselves far and wide or merely drop below the plant and continue from there. For a cheap way to collect your own seed, a few carrots left to go to seed provide an abundance. Parsnips are the same, as are so many vegetables, so if you let the best of them reproduce in this way, you can supply much of your seed needs. Larger vegetables such as sweet corn and pumpkins may need to be grown in large amounts and away from other varieties to maintain their type qualities. But a lettuce or two, gone-to- seed broccoli or cabbage will give a wayward swathe of yellow or white flowers which again, attract useful insects and will in time pro- vide you with plenty of seeds. Herbs such as parsley, corian- der and chives are easy to grow for their flowers and seeds. Coriander is one of those plants that provides each step of the way; first leaves for salads then seed for stir-fries and curries. Chives pro- vide leaves and flowers for salads, and any that are not used will set seed, and are worth saving for planting in spring. When collecting seeds from your garden, take paper bags, scissors and a pen with you. Some can be collected straight away when they have clearly dried on the plant and gone brown. For others though, you may have to be crafty to stop the birds eating the lot. Sunflowers are an example of this, where you are best to collect the drooping and heavy head of seed and hang it in a dry and airy place. Position the head into a bag and tie firmly around the stem so that mice and birds can't easily get into it and wait for it to dry enough that any seeds that fall out are caught in the bag. You can do this in the garden too, while any seed head is still attached to the plant. A plastic bag tied around the head will ensure seeds eventually fall into your hands rather than dropping on the ground. Just check how they're looking from time to time, especially after rain. Tall stalks of broccoli once browned off and full of seed pods can be cut and stored in a dry dark place. It's fun for gardeners to later package up and label seed packets for gifts. Carrots can be sown through summer until about the end of March, when the soil tem- peratures start lowering and growth will be slow through win- ter. So there is still time to grow your own blowsy blooms and col- lect thousands of seeds. You won't want to let all those good eating carrots go to seed though, so successively sow every two or three weeks and keep watered through dry times. If you've grown peas, lettuce or spinach and these crops have finished, then carrots are good to follow with. Leeks are good neigh- bours with carrots, as are onions and the herbs rosemary and sage. They mature in 60 to 80 days for eating, with the harvesting of seeds much later.
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