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.
Are you keen to help others during our present isolation? Do you feel anxious yourself or need help of any kind? Pukekohe is a great and supportive community, but Covid-19 brings us many challenges. Some of us want to help others but don't know how. Some would welcome assistance but don’t know where to go for help or don’t like to ask.
At the request of our local MP, Andrew Bayly, Pukekohe Community Action is trying to match up people to create a community network of help. If you need help, you can let us know by clicking on this link forms.gle... copy and paste the link in your browser) and fill in the form. If you know someone who needs help but isn’t computer-savvy, it would great if you could phone them and complete the form for them. Or you could send me your name and number as a pm. If you’d like to offer help, please complete the form at forms.gle....
Many thanks for your help. We all try to support each other as best we can. Posted on behalf of Jan Wallace, Pukekohe Community Action
Hi guys, I crunched the official numbers and my opinion is that we are doing well with managing the pandemic in New Zealand. My key findings have been that the number of active cases is slowing down, there is a low percentage of hospitalisation and the new cases we see is due more to the face that we are testing more and not because of spread.