Ribes family: Nigrum

Who's that? Ribes? That's the currants - blackcurrant, redcurrant, gooseberry, white currant and ornamental currants. I've really been enjoying mine this summer and thought I'd share this with you. Actually, Ribes isn't a family properly speaking, but it's the only genus in the family Grossulariaceae, so we might as well treat it as a family... Continue Reading →

Seeds and Seed saving

My garden looks a bit rough and ruffled now. Some places, I've pulled crops out, other things are long and straggly and threaten to fall over. Those are my very best plants, saved for seeds. Saving seeds isn't all that hard - and at the same time, it really is, if you want good quality.... Continue Reading →

Autumn plans

This afternoon, the sun is warm outside and I'm working with the window open. I want to savour the last few summery days, even though I love the still clarity of autumn too. It took me quite a few years to get used to seasons here, coming from Sweden and France. But by now, I... Continue Reading →


Mysterious plants, tomatos. We go through all this trouble to make this delicious tropical fruit grow, and then it surprises us by adapting and thriving by itself! This year, I started seed from at least 10 different varieties back in spring. Pricking out, then planting out under cloches... some I planted a little later after... Continue Reading →

Brassica – Cabbages

I want to write about cabbages today, as it seems I'm not the only one sometimes struggling with these. But there are plenty of solutions! The brassica-family consists of cabbages (red, green, savoy, chinese...), kale, cavolo nero, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, mustard, radishes, mizuna, mibuna and some other asian salad greens. Except from radishes which... Continue Reading →

Summer garden

Summer - bountiful harvests, bolting lettuces and dry, dry winds! I'm mostly at the Oasis on Hospital rd these days, with very little attention going into my own backyard edible oasis. I water pretty much every two days, using a hand-held hose so I can direct the water where I want it and give different... Continue Reading →

Year Round Yields

Happy New Year dear reader! Hoping you're enjoying abundant harvests from your own edible oasis and wishing you health and happiness in your garden, body and soul 🙂 ! Now is the time to plan your winter harvest, especially if you want to grow from seed. If you're not an experienced gardener, it may seem... Continue Reading →

Planting winter greens

My hothouse is crowdred with seedlings that are going out this week: beetroot, lettuce, basil, dill... And some younger chard, kale and cavolo nero which will go out in about a month. A lot of our food plants contain some kind of antinutrient, stopping us and other animals from eating all of it. The family... Continue Reading →

Vouchers, dates and what to do

Good news: There are now vouchers available for Edible Oasis workshops! One for $12, or the Grow More Veges series of 6 workshops for $60 - saves you $12. The workshop dates are set for January and I'm excited by the number of people telling me this is exactly what they've been looking for. Posters... Continue Reading →

Watering My Way

Right, it's getting drier and drier  –  the rains we've had in Newtown, Wellington the last month have mostly been less than 4mm, which isn't quite enough to really wet the soil and make my edible oasis thrive. So at the moment, I'm watering about twice a week. I've discovered over the years that proper... Continue Reading →

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