November In The Vegie Patch & Wondermesh

I love November because Asparagus and Broadbeans are in it. Two of my favourites! Together! At the same time! The November Weather/ Soil Watch Is summer really coming? At the risk of jinxing it – it feels like it. NIWA are predicting warmer temperatures and settled weather in our neck of the woods and so […]

The Abundant Vegie Patch Comes To Tauranga!

My favourite workshop – the workshop that really gets your food gardening humming, that changes your food gardening life! – is coming to Tauranga in January. I’m very excited to be teaching from the Crafty Gatherer homestead (home of the broadfork). “This workshop is the best money I’ve spent on my garden” Bryan “What an […]

Of Lemon Tree Borer And Puriri Grubs

This hole in my Tydemans Late Apple shows a puriri larvae is in occupancy. That vertical scar and diamond shaped hole is the giveaway. Things that drill into the trunks of your trees, eating the wood as they go – are not your friends. Even if they are as beautiful as a puriri moth. Lemon […]

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. I thin because thinning looks after my trees. It lightens their load. (I love the thought of a benevolent being […]

How To Plant Kumara Shoots

Now that the shoots are 20cm or so its time for them to leave mum and go make their own babies. Planting time is upon us! Get yourself ready with a small bucket of weak seaweed or fish or comfrey solution. Tip the sandbox out carefully so as not to break any of the new […]

Nicola Galloway’s Chocolate + Apricot Fudge

Nicola Galloway’s beautiful gift to us all “Homegrown Kitchen“, is such a brilliant cookbook. It’s a home gardeners kitchen companion, and though it’s wholefood, nourishment plus – the recipes are easily achievable for a family of busy people (and so tasty!) There are no expensive, foreign ingredients (a real let down in many whole food […]