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 →

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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 →

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 →

New Moon and Autumn Equinox

A short update this week, as I prepare for our yearly "harvest & gratitude sharing" potluck with friends. Saturday is the autumn equinox, which marks the beginning of the darker half of the year. This is harvest season, time for gratitude and sharing, bringing in the fruit from the oasis and preserve it for colder... 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 →

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