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 →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

Matariki sharing

As you may notice, this time of year, the posts don't come as regularly. I've got a lot on my plate, so this week I'm going to send you on to Kath Irvine, up the coast. She runs Edible Backyard, very similar to what I'm doing - workshops, permaculture design consults and a blog -... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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