38 days ago

What's On: New Plymouth Swords Club

John from Whalers Gate

The NPSC meets every Wednesday of the school term for training and competition, 7pm-9pm. New members welcome, gear provided for beginners. For more details call text John 0210713315.
New Plymouth Swords Club
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1 day ago

Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

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.

1 hour ago

Flour shortage

Kathy from Spotswood

I have just been reading anarticle on stuff as to why there is a flour shortage and it has to do with packaging. They have run out of the smaller bags. But they have lots of flour in 20kg bags.

OK - so you can only supply 20Kg bags and I would imagine a lot of people would not be able to afford this in one shop (let alone carry it to their cars or be able to store it at home). Due to the lockdown people are being expected to think outside the box and come up creative solutions to all sorts of life's little problems. So how about distributors and supermarkets do the same. If distributors can't find a way to plain pack their flour into smaller packages (maybe give up the branding during these times) then supermarkets, who are the masters of plastic packaging could break those large packs down into smaller packs - or allow customers to bring their own containers to be filled. Or maybe I should buy up all the 20kg bags and set up myself as an essential service - 0800buyflour and deliver it to your doorstep

2 hours ago

Read about how and why Roebuck Farm is so productive

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

The 2.8 hectares of land is a haven of productivity - and here's how they do it.