Growing a weekend project

Paul Nielsen, of Te Puna’s Growers Direct.

With hundreds of Cadbury chocolate fish, delicious chutneys and chillies, and a free barbecue, Growers Direct has the recipe for a fun Labour Weekend event.

The Te Puna centre’s free event is returning with the company’s popular chutneys and chillies, and a free barbecue and the giant children’s treasure hunt for about 500 chocolate fish on Sunday, October 25.

Owner Paul Nielsen is inviting residents to visit the centre for a fun-filled celebration, as well as be inspired by the “phenomenal” range of vegetables grown in the gigantic seedling area.

“Our stunning seedling and herb area boasts more than 100 varieties of plants.”

And Paul says Labour Weekend is the quintessential time for growing and planting vegetables.

“This weekend is the perfect time for people to get their vegies in. It’s just traditionally the time to plant.”

To help keen gardeners start their spring and summer garden, Growers Direct has plenty of information and knowledge on-site.

“We will have people based in the seeding area to talk you through everything you ever wanted to know and more.”

As plant growers themselves, staff are always keen to see people succeed and are happy to pass on how they do things in the nursery.

“Our philosophy is ‘no secrets’,” says Paul. “If our customers succeed in gardening, so do we.”

The free Labour Weekend celebration is at Growers Direct in Te Puna on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25, from 10am-2pm.

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