February In The Vegie Patch

New Zealand is playing the game of two halves. We are split into the wet and cool, and the hot and parched. Use your smarts and match your February plantings to the weather. If its cold and soggy plant zucchini in a tyre loaded with compost – gets it warm and above the wet, maybe […]

When Summer Doesn’t Come, Make A Plan B

To cheer myself up last week, I lit the bonfire while I gardened. It was such a gloomy day. It was mid summer, and I was gardening in jeans. The fire lifted my spirits. For those of us out west and south, this is not a normal February in the garden. Normally we’d be drowning […]

Lemon Verbena Syrup Cake

When skies are grey and you need some cheer – make cake. This tangy sweet delicious number will warm the cockles of your heart. This recipe is from The Cooks Herb Garden by Mary Browne, Helen Leach and Nancy Titchbourne. Three New Zealand sisters who put together useful, gorgeous books. See also The Cooks Salad […]

Easy Peasy Saladings

Salad is my great love. Because I need at least one daily bowl and because I jam alot into each day – I’ve got salad growing down to a fine art. Here’s my easy peasy direct sown salads. The method I’m sharing today is for looseleaf lettuce, not hearting ones. Looseleaf sown thickly creates a […]

Midsummer sowings

A mid summer sown row of dwarf beans and a zucchini are just what the doctor ordered to keep your garden ticking over. They’ll both be ready in a few months time – give or take – to land you with a most useful March harvest. Broccoli, sown now, is also useful come Autumn. Tray […]

How To Thin Fruit (And Why You Need To)

For top quality fruit and a better performing tree – thin your fruit this month! Thinning removes the excess to improve the remainder – and it’s a lovely job, so peaceful among the fruit trees (apart from Nellie the pig’s grunts for more!) I thin because thinning looks after my trees. It lightens their load. […]