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 […]

Sharing The Gift Of Food Gardening With Our Kids

November brings a delightful task my way – judging vegie gardens for our local Ag day. I love chatting with kids about their gardens – what they’ve discovered and created, what they’ve loved (peas and strawberries!), what’s mystified them and what they’ve hated (weeding and radish!). There are some astounding young food gardeners out there […]

Come Visit My Garden This November

I’m opening my garden on Nov 27th 10am – 4pm, as part of the Waiopehu College Garden Tour. A fundraiser to get the kids to Japan. 10 gardens in all. Located in and around Levin. 8 are lifestyle properties, 2 suburban. 5 never been opened to the public before! Bring a picnic and park up […]

Pump Up Your Fruit Production

Today I’m sharing a September task that’ll really up your fruit production. Oh so simple – tie all those branches with vertical tendencies, down. Tying branches down opens your trees for light and air, and inspires loads more fruitful wood. (This lovely picture by Steve Howell from my “Beginners Guide To Pruning Fruit Trees” book) […]