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 […]

May in the Vegie Patch

Cool things to do in the vegie patch this month Leave nothing bare! The ultimate (for soil health) is to grow something – a crop, greencrop or just leave the weeds. Yes, truly – weeds! Living roots keep your soil happening. Next best alternative is to tuck it up under a thick layer of mulch. […]

September in the Vegie Patch

September’s plate is refreshingly green – saladings, celery, parsley, cress, silverbeet, kale, nettle, the last of the broccoli and cabbage, and (joy oh joy) by the end of the month the first of the asparagus. Planning for Summer Crops Keep your soil alive and fertile by replacing crops as soon as they finish. Sow either […]

June in the Vegie Patch and Gardening Smarter (Not harder)

Greetings all, Even though its chilly out, thoughts of hibernation couldn’t be further from my mind! Take away the the intensive gardening and harvesting of spring through autumn, and I’m freed up to play. Winter provides a window in which I can indulge the improvements I’ve been marinating on over summer. The big one, the […]