This month, we have a really exciting announcement for you all - Patricia is finally retiring from her “hobby” business and is handing the reins over to the very capable Phil Osmond and his family on 11 August. She and her husband are very much looking forward to spending time with their adult children and their grandchildren, all now living in Australia.
Patricia has really thrived on the many business relationships built over the past thirteen years, and the value in our business that has been created through the support of you all. She will undoubtedly miss the personal contacts enjoyed over the years but be assured that Phil also really appreciates our business. He understands how to operate it properly, and is keen and capable of developing its future potential. Patricia will be staying on through a transition period to ensure a smooth hand over of the business.
No major changes are planned for the business in the short term, and the current employees of the business support the sale and are positive about the future. We wish Phil and his staff a continued successful future, and Patricia will miss you all just a little!
Now for the gardening duties this month:
For your vegetable garden, blend in our famous in Nelson/Tasman Greenwaste Compost to prevent the soil compacting and making it difficult for water and air to move through. Begin sprouting seed potatoes for planting next month. You can also plant beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, coriander, kale, mizuna, silverbeet, spinach and, of course (!), parsley, sage rosemary, and thyme
In the flower garden, August is the time for a final pre-Spring tidy up – trim the hedges and clip the edges. You can plant azaleas, bellis, calendula, clematis, crocus, gladiola, roses, hebes, lavender, paper daisies, nemesia, rhododendrons and violas.
Fruit-wise, all deciduous trees can be planted successfully in July, August and September while the plants remain dormant, and the widest selection will be available in the stores now. You can also plant berryfruits now – check what’s available in the garden centres.
And remember, keep an eye out for those nasty slugs and snails – there are many favourite methods of effectively eliminating these pests – and deal with them accordingly. Enjoy your lead up to a busy spring time!