Break The Pest Cycle

The heat, all that tasty food, a bit of plant stress = pests! Here are two ways to bust inside that egg-larvae-adult-sex-birth cycle, and keep numbers down. 1. A Daily Harvest So simple, so obvious – harvest daily. Get out every morning with your bowl and remove the newly ripe. What a difference! Berries for […]

How To Grow An Avocado: Fruit Of The Gods!

Growing a good suppy of avocado’s for the team has long been my dream, but they’ve been a tough nut to crack. In part because they’re fussy blighters, and in part because of where I live. While the foothills of the Tararua’s isn’t the perfect location, it is – I have learned – doable (as […]

I’ve Got Vouchers!

For a seemingly small thing, its been a team effort to make these vouchers – Steve’s beautiful art, Ray’s design and Anna’s computer wizardy. And now here they are, Edible Backyard gift vouchers for you to share with your loved ones. We’ve got all sorts of vouchers on the go A garden tour voucher. A […]

December In The Vegie Patch And Summer Soil Care

Wow – from one extreme to the other! From super soggy soil to concrete. Met service predicted hot and dry, gee I wish I’d believed them! I’ve spent November on a mad mission to get the soil mulched. Everything that could be pruned or cut down has been and still I’ve been left wanting. A […]

Summer Workshops + A Pizza Party + Peace

Hello Summer! We’re loving the sun (after 12 months of rain – no kidding!). I know it’ll be a challenge in the food gardens, but we’re up for it right?! We got the tools! The sun’s inspired us – check out all these cool happenings … Jan 20 – The Abundant Vegie Patch (my favourite […]

Summer in The Chookyard

Chooks don’t sweat. Imagine that in this heat! To make up for this fact you need to provide them with shade (and don’t skimp on it) summer through autumn. Mine get to live under natives down the back until winter when I bring them back to do greenhouse clean up duties. For healthy chooks through […]