Bring On The Kumara

  It’s time to get your kumara shoots (tupu or slips) underway. Yes, you can buy shoots, but it’s better to grow your own, you’ll love them more! Anyway, it’s easy, too easy to spend money on, truly it is. In case you’re wondering – kumara shoots (pictured above), are the equivalent of a seedling […]

September In The Vegie Patch + The Berry Patch + Spuds In Buckets

So much cool stuff to do in the food garden at the mo, so much prettiness to soak up and enjoy. In the Vegie Patch Plant out celery, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, kale, silverbeet, parsley, salads, onions, leeks, potatoes. Direct sow carrots, rocket, kohlrabi, beetroot, turnip, parsnip, rocket, chicory, endive, spinach, mesclun, miners lettuce, corn […]

July In The Vegie Patch

These root crops were sown late autumn and the reason they’re growing like little rockets is because they’re cosy beneath a cloche. That plastic skin has warmed the soil to 13°, while outside the soil’s a mere 7°. A handy option if the gardener (that’s me), can see there won’t be enough carrots come spring. […]

When To Harvest Kumara, Perfectly Ripe Pumpkins and Early Garlic

When To Harvest Kumara My kumara aren’t huge this year (that’s what happens when summer doesn’t arrive). I’ve had a poke around in the soil and there appears to be a higher rate of smalls than usual, a few average size tubers and next to no big ones. There may be surprises lurking – only […]