Workshop: Get your vegie patch ready set to grow!

Lets start your vegie patch off on the right foot, or clear up difficulties that are holding your vegie patch back from greatness. Simple, natural and low cost – you’ll learn all my winning ways. This workshop is especially for those of you dipping your toes into vegetable gardening for the first time and need […]

February in the vegie patch

Summer has been an up and down affair in Horowhenua. To be fair it’s not that unusual in our neck of the woods. For us, summer proper generally starts when school goes back. The thing is to match what you plant and sow in your vegie patch this month, to the season that you are […]

Nature knows best

One cool, damp day after another is my summer thus far. It’s created the perfect environment for fungi to come play in my orchard, but not at all perfect for heat lovers like peppers and aubergines who are fair to middling at best. While I dream of being hot and dry, the truth is that […]

Workshop: Summer into Autumn

This workshop is all about getting in the groove of moving with the seasons, to take you ever closer to year-round cropping and keep building your confidence and know-how! In order to grow a year-round supply of vegetables – food gardeners need to think ahead. So here we are at the end of summer planning […]

Tomato onion pie

This here is one of my all time favourite summer dinners. Add a salad and a baked potato or some fresh fish or a good sausie. Mmmmm, life is good. 2 finely sliced onions 6 or so good sized, very ripe, thick sliced tomatoes 50g cubed butter a good handful of grated cheese 3 slices […]

How to summer prune stonefruit

Plums, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Almonds and Cherries are best pruned in summer when they finish fruiting. There’s a few good reasons to prune them now rather than winter. Number one is disease prevention – there are no silver leaf spores on the wing at this time of year. Number 2 – to slow down that […]