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 →

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 →

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 →

Pricking out and planting out

How is your garden looking now? Pretty bare, with young seedlings just establishing? Or still a jungle of last season's growth? Take it step by step and get new plants protected and well established. Leaving some old and tall plants around can help create a micro-climate the young seedlings appreciate, cutting the wind and the... Continue Reading →

Spring action

So much happening now that the spring equinox has been and passed! The days are finally longer than the nights, and everything seem to have an enormous growth spurt, weeds included. Here's what's to be done this week, and when, and what needs to be prepared now so that next week is a breeze. New... Continue Reading →

Liquid fertilisers

Stinky, sludgey, murky. And delicious for your plants and the soil life! Liquid fertilisers are easy to make, and cost a fortune to buy (sometimes). This week, Edible Oasis has some "recipes" for you to try out. The best time to apply liquid fertilisers seem to be before and after full moon, when plants swell... Continue Reading →

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