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 →

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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 →

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 →

First stirrings of Spring

The first daffodils and hyacinths are flowering and in spite of the bitterly could southerly we've had the last couple of days, the buds are swelling and we notice the first stirrings of spring. This is also my first blog post since May, both because there's nothing to do in my totally shaded garden this... Continue Reading →

March, last quarter moon

I really enjoyed the workshop last Friday! We went through a lot of content, even though we couldn't be as much outside as I had hoped for because of the wind. And then we got our first autumn storm on the weekend, followed by blue skies and total calm Sunday. Luckily, I had tied up... Continue Reading →

March, full moon

Right, you've inspired me to keep posting these weekly garden tips, so here it comes! We're moving into the first weeks of autumn here in Wellington. I can feel it in the air, notice how the morning takes a bit longer to lighten and the evening closes in earlier. This is the very last moment... Continue Reading →

The lazy gardeners to-do list

I've just made a stupidly long to-do-list. There's everything from "throw away the old dead pot-plants" to "mulch the citrus trees". This inspires me to share my prioritising with you  –  maybe make your coming weekend (or week) in the garden just a little bit easier! Ok, so what absolutely can't wait? Nothing can wait,... Continue Reading →

Undressing for the blackbirds

Today, I dared undress my beds  –  by which I mean I took off the netting. Soon I'll see if the blackbirds are still as keen to dig the whole place up. The peas had already attached themselves with their little tendrils, which are surprisingly strong and have kept them upright through the last few... Continue Reading →

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