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 →

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 →

Summer garden

Summer - bountiful harvests, bolting lettuces and dry, dry winds! I'm mostly at the Oasis on Hospital rd these days, with very little attention going into my own backyard edible oasis. I water pretty much every two days, using a hand-held hose so I can direct the water where I want it and give different... 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 →

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 →

March, First quarter

Autumn is here and the energies in the garden start their yearly descent to earth again. Leaves start falling, we've had the first autumn rains, most summer crops are harvested and plants composted. Time to focus on the soil – the origin of the health of you edible oasis, and of your health too –... 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 →

Friday fun!

Just a quick update - I've been slack on blogging lately! But it's picking up, now that I've got this yummy feeling that people are reading, and possibly even benefiting from my thoughts and words. I'd love to have your feedback and know what you'd like me to write about. This Friday a 5pm I'm running... Continue Reading →

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