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 →

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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 →

Our unreliable spring

Well, so much for our spring feelings, right? This week totally... blew them away, let's say. I can't help thinking "if only I had ordered the mikroclima cloth a week before" - yes, having it ten days ago might have saved those early plantings of perpetual spinach and silverbeet down at the oasis from getting... 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 →

workerBe Oasis update

In only five months, we've done so much! I'm immensely proud of the Gardeners (and others!) who have helped me pull this crazy idea off: grow food in the city and give it to those who really need it. What an accomplishment. We're celebrating all this this Sunday with a big Harvest Picnic. Come along!... Continue Reading →

Tomatos

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 →

New moon to first quarter

Things are looking very promising at workerBe oasis on Hospital rd. Yesterday, we got a little shed up to be able to store our tools, fertilisers and hose etc on site. And we finally received the grant from The Funding Network, so we can now buy the things we need. Best of all, there's a... Continue Reading →

New moon, October

So much is happening now it looks like an actual explotion, except it's not destructive but a growth explosion! I got back into my garden after two weeks away and it was covered in chickweed (stellaria media). As I chipped away at it with my beautiful Niwashi tool, the soil underneath was moist and open,... Continue Reading →

Coming soon… WorkerBe Oasis!

You know what?! This is really exciting... Since almost a year, I've been working away on this bigger project with Erin Todd from WorkerBe and we're finally at a stage where we can reveal what we're doing! Starting this spring, we're going to grow huge quantities of food on public land, within Wellington. Yes, that's the... Continue Reading →

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