Archives for January 2015

Make it Shady for your Leafy Greens

Some summer greens like magenta spreen or NZ spinach will grow well in this heat (and wow, is it hot and dry), but most others wont. If there is room on the shady side of taller crops like corn, magenta spreen, fruit trees or asparagus ferns then use it. If not, then create simple shade […]

Sundried apricots

Last year we had 2 apricots. While this years pickings were still on the light side (about 5kg) it’s enough to call a harvest. At 5 years old our Fitzroy Apricot is still a young ‘un; so it’ll improve each passing year. Eating fresh picked apricots, still warm from the sun is simply heavenly. And […]

Summer Open Day cancelled

Sad news folks. I was looking forward to our summer garden wander (Tuesday 20th January), some cake and tea with my favourite gardeners, but I’ve gone and put my back out and am in recovery mode. Oh for the ability to bend and lift, you lucky mobile beings! If you have a working body, appreciate […]

My favourite summer green

… has to be Magenta Spreen (sorry, couldn’t resist the rhyme). Drought tolerant, low maintenance, productive and stunning (check out those pretty magenta splashes) – what more could a food gardener ask for? She’ll grow to 1.5m or more, so the back is the best place. Sow the seed direct and in 6 weeks time […]