Seedling abundance

Do you tend to end up with ten times more seedlings than you've got garden space for? I certainly do! Or maybe you're running to the shops this week, just before Labour Weekend when we're all supposed to be happily pottering around in our manicured gardens...? Either way, read on! I'm organising a Seedling swap... Continue Reading →

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Plan your Edible Garden

What a storm! Blew away all the old and made fresh space for the new... Like every year, right now it feels like spring is never going to come. But I know that in just a couple of weeks I'll be preparing beds and sowing spring crops at the urban farm here in Newtown. How... Continue Reading →

Winter is for Dreams

Hello again! I'm almost back from maternity leave, my daughter is now 6 months and is enjoying some time with her nanny. So back to blogging, designing and farming! Winter, for me, is stillness and darkness, a perfect time for dreaming. Of course some of our dreams will be about the coming of warmth and light,... Continue Reading →

Super low maintenance garden

This year, I'm setting up a super low maintenance garden at home. With the baby arriving end of December, I won't be out there weeding, watering or anything in January and February, yet I still want the soil to get better and also to eat some of my own produce... So how do I go... Continue Reading →

Bio-char workshop

Biochar workshop with Richard Self, 23rd October 2016 - Resumé by Kate Daniell The day was a stunner – warm sun, blue skies and no wind. A perfect day for setting things on fire (in a very controlled manner). We were very lucky to have Richard Self, an experienced biochar producer and author of biochar papers,... Continue Reading →

First day of summer?

After the Spring Celebration a couple of weeks back, we're now in a period that was celebrated by my ancestors as the first day of summer... even though neither in Sweden nor here it feels very summery at this point! It's definitely clear that the seasons have turned and, apart a few southerly storms, it's... Continue Reading →

Last workshops of the year

For the next five Wednesdays, I'll be running the Grow More Veges workshops. This week we did Perfect Compost, next week we'll explore Double Digging and soil health in general, then you can learn about how to Garden in Time & Space - how to arrange your beds and your plantings to maximise the use... Continue Reading →

Full moon October

Protecting young plants From my last few posts, and probably your own experience too, you gather the importance of good care for your young "babies" freshly planted out in the garden. Wellington weather in this season varies wildly, and a night of southerlies can check the growth for several days or even weeks. This coming... Continue Reading →

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