Eke Out The Water – Embrace The Shade

Lizards, chilli peppers and tomatoes are heat lovers. They adore the sun beating down on them. The rest of us, not so! In the baking heat we sweat, plants transpire = energy and water loss. Though we don’t visibly wilt as does a plant, we can relate to those flaccid leaves!  Shade mitigates both losses, […]

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 […]

How To Prune & Delateral Tomatoes

A single leader tomato is a fine thing. Easy to stake. Easy to pick. Easy to spot pests. Easy to spray. Plenty of airflow and sun for good health. The goal is a nice balance of foliage and fruits – a little heavier on the fruit side is my preference. To this end, once flower […]

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 […]