In the garden this week
Rain has arrived yet the soil remains warm and if you can get new plants in, they should do well in terms of getting a good start on growth.
The dry weather continues and the challenge of keeping lawns and gardens fresh and green gets harder every day.
Growing is still thirsty work for plants in autumn. Even though there's been some rain, it's still dry.
If you are contemplating planting roses this winter, you need to be planning what you are going to plant and get them ordered now to avoid disappointment.
Rain is forecast, so now is a good time to feed evergreen fruit trees such as citrus and feijoas.
Autumn is nature's best planting time as it gives plants a good long period to establish so they can gain optimum growth before next spring.
Partial water restrictions began in the New Plymouth and Stratford districts last week and water conservation is urged.
It may seem an odd time of the season to be pruning shrubs, but that's exactly what we did at a public workshop at Tupare last Sunday.
Start planning your autumn sowing or planting of vegetables as your spring and summer crops are maturing.
Hotter weather is a signal to get chillies underway.
Spring flowering bulbs are starting to arrive in garden centres, the first being anemones, ranunculus and freesias.
With another Christmas behind us, it's now time to relax and enjoy the garden in the summer months ahead.
With the heavy downpours we have had lately, our lawns are growing at a rapid pace.
Plant beans, particularly the dwarf one that come in a range of varieties.
Gardeners can always use practical gifts
This week's rain may bring an infestation of blight on tomato plants.
Now is the time to start deadheading and removing seed heads in the flower garden.
Sow pumpkins, cucumbers, capsicums, melons, courgettes, chillies, leafy greens, radishes, beetroot, and corn and summer herbs such as basil
Tomato time has sprung. Labour Weekend is traditionally planting time for many summer edibles
October and November are the months for dividing or repotting orchids.