Ribes Family: Uva-Crispa

Uva Crispa? Big, juicy, tart but so sweet when it's the right time, prickly but pretty too... Gooseberries - the real ones, not cape! I'm a big fan of these delicious berries, and as with the other family members, they grow well in conditions few food plants relish. Gooseberries hail from colder climates and are... Continue Reading →

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Remembrance

This week marks the midpoint between the Autumn Equinox - 21 March - and the Winter Solstice - 21 June - here. It is also the week when ANZAC is celebrated. I feel like there is an interesting connection and correlation there. (Since publishing this article, I've discovered Juliet Batten's blog which I highly recommend: http://www.julietbatten.co.nz/blog/... Continue Reading →

Ribes Family: Rubrum

As you may guess from last week's post, we're continuing with my friends the Ribes. I like to imagine Rubrum as the younger sibling, maybe even twins! One redhead - the redcurrant - and one blond - the white varieties. Where Nigrum is big, dark and really nice raw or dried, Rubrum is better in... Continue Reading →

Autumn cleanup

This week, I'm cleaning up my own messy garden and getting it ready for winter. Some areas don't get enough sun to grow any food crops for the next few months, and others just need a spruce up and a bit of compost and fertiliser. I've started by going through with my Niwashi (japanese hand... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Anzac weekend & Samhain

A while ago, I started working on a circular calendar based on the seasons and the moon rather than the weekdays and months. It led me to look at the seasonal celebrations in different parts of the world and relating them to the traditions I know. One of the more significant ones today here in... Continue Reading →

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