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Friday April 8, 2016

5 minutes with: Brendon Burns Business communications advisor

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What meal do you never get sick of eating? Anything my wife Philippa cooks. She’s doing vintage cooking currently for a couple of wineries so we are all eating well. One of my best holidays was... A friend’s house on a gorgeous beach at her village in Lotofaga, Samoa. I’d recommend Samoa in our winter to anyone. My guilty TV pleasure is... We like to watch series like House of Cards – and sometimes will watch several episodes in an evening.

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What would you change about the world? The obscene imbalance which sees the world’s 85 richest people own as much as the poorest 50 per cent of humanity. What’s one thing that you’ll never throw away? Just about anything – other than recycling (even then I sometimes return with another treasure). Who would you love to have a meal with? Peter Fraser and Sir Winston Churchill (both brilliant Prime Ministers through WW2), Sir Ed Hillary, and more currently, Helen Clark and Nigella Lawson.

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Sav blanc day is May 6 The seventh annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day will kick off on Friday May 6 in Marlborough and the rest of New Zealand, home to some of the world’s most coveted Sauvignon Blanc wines, before continuing around the globe, following the sun. Sauvignon blanc fans, Wine brands, restaurants, bars, and retailers are encouraged to post video clips, photographs and messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram showing their passion for New Zealand’s

most popular drop by using the “hashtags”: #SauvBlanc and #nzwine. “2016 has already been a huge year for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc,” Chris Yorke, Global Marketing Director for New Zealand Winegrowers says. “Our inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration took place in Marlborough in early February, and saw 300 international guests from 18 countries attending, with over 400 wines available to taste.”

The best thing in your life right now? Living and working back in Marlborough - especially as we are becoming grandparents here for the first time in a few months. What is the one thing Sun readers would be surprised to know about you? I keep bees.

What’s next on your wishlist? I have started Sunday walks with a group of guys, with a view to climb Mt Tapuae-oUenuku by next summer.

gardening

this week with Wally Richards

Picton/BlenheiM to KeKerengu

The ultimate raised garden

An awesome opportunity awaits you for a trip on the Dunedin Silver Fern railcar from Picton or Blenheim to Kekerungu for afternoon tea and return

3rd May 2016 Departs Picton 1.45pm and Blenheim 2.20pm for a leisurely trip to Kekerungu for afternoon tea (included in the cost) Arrive back at Blenheim at 7.00pm and Picton at 7.45pm

$120 per adult $89 per child

Check out our website at www.dunedinrailways.co.nz or phone 03 477 4449 for details and bookings.

About 15 years ago at the house where I was living I wanted to increase my vegetable growing area after having given my chickens free range of the back yard. The house was down a long drive in a commercial area so no problem setting up an area for growing except the area was a turning bay with heavy gravel. The only way to have a garden would be to have a raised garden well above the gravel. I also wanted a raised garden that could be worked without bending down and the cheapest way for that would be to use roofing iron. Take three sheets of galvanized iron 1.8 metres long and two 100 x 100 fence posts 1.6 metres long. Cut the fence posts in half. The fence posts are treated with chemicals so a couple of coats of acrylic paint are applied all over. The whole raised bed will sit on the ground. Construction is simple; lay two painted fence posts on the ground and place one

sheet of iron over cover the posts. Check to make sure its square fitting and then drill holes of suitable diameter to take the roofing screws. The same is done on the other long length of iron. The final sheet of iron is cut in half making it 90cm long, a nice width to work. It is best to assemble where it’s going to sit which ideally one long side should be facing in a northerly direction.. One very important aspect is place as far away as possible from trees & shrubs. This is to prevent robber feeder roots taking all the goodness out of the raised garden. If your raised garden is sitting on concrete good, but if near to trees etc, then sit the garden on a thick black plastic sheet to prevent roots invading. Now have the raised garden ready to fill. Place any trimmings of trees and shrubs into the bottom along with any rubbish, organic material which can be grass clippings, sawdust,

newspaper, old compost, old potting mixes and even some top soil, filling the raised garden to about half the depth. Over this you put several layers of newspaper. Cover this with purchased compost to about 35cm from top. Now you spread some goodies such as sheep manure pellets, Neem Tree Granules, Rock Solid, Ocean Solids, chicken manure and the cover these with another layer of purchased compost about 5cm deep. Now it’s ready to sow seeds or plant seedlings. The gap between the mix and the top creates a wind break and so you have your own special micro-climate and plants will grow twice as fast compared to if they were in open ground. When a crop is harvested just place more goodies into the bed and cover with more compost. Any problems ring me at 0800 466464 or email wallyjr@gardennews.co.nz

The Blenheim Sun 08-04-16  

The Blenheim Sun 08-04-16

The Blenheim Sun 08-04-16  

The Blenheim Sun 08-04-16