Summer Garden Tour And Pizza Party

Celebrate the end of summer with us! I’ll take you for a garden tour and chat about what’s worked and what hasn’t – all the good stuff I’ve learned this summer. Then we’ll park up round the slab table and Matty will roll us up woodfired Margherita pizza (homegrown, homemade basil pesto, fresh picked tomatoes […]

How To Make Echinacea Tincture

Let me introduce Ali Sutherland – Medical Herbalist, and my lovely friend. Many of you will have met her here already at a workshop or on a weed walk. We harvested my Echinacea together recently, and today Ali’s teaching us how to turn it into a tincture and how to use it safely. This tincture […]

For The Birds

Yes – my pip fruit, this summer has been for the birds! They sneaked in while I was away having fun in Tauranga and I came home to one Nashi Pear. One!!!! and a mere handful of Seckle, DDC and Clergeau pears. None of these fruits even close to ripe – it’s a first for […]

February In The Vegie Patch And How To Save Tomato Seeds

Sow Tray sow silverbeet, spring onion, onion, celery Direct sow dwarf beans, basil, beetroot, radish, kohlrabi, carrots, parsnips, fennel. I’ll sow my last lot of carrots and parsnips on the 6th and 7th (root moon). They’ll be mature by the time the soil cools off (although who knows how this season will roll!) and keep […]

Winter Preps, Mighty Broccoli And Death To Cabbage Whites

Aside from keeping everything alive with regular watering and feeding, our most pressing job is sowing and planting the winter food garden. No mean feat when it’s hot and dry. Planting Tips For Hot Days Use the evening for all of your planting and pricking on Be sure the soil you are planting into is […]

Boozy Plums

Every year we put down some boozy fruits – vanilla brandy apricots, raspberry gin, peach rosemary vodka, damson gin, pears in cider, spiced plum brandy…  best fun preserving! Sterilise your jars and lids. Let the jars cool to warm. Halve and stone the fruit or if not freestone then simply prick the fruit all over. […]