Late Winter in the Chook-yard

Each season brings a new slant to the chookyard. In late winter, the ground is often saturated, the air cold and light is low. We are called to ensure our chooks have access to dry outside space and that their need for fresh ground continues to be met. Fresh ground So easy in summer and […]

How + When to Prune Citrus

No matter what tree you prune, or how confident you are – always begin with a ponder. That is, go walk around the tree and study it. Pay attention to 2 things in particular – imbalance – ie one side stronger/ taller/ wider than the other and clutter ie an absence of light penetration. Then […]

August Vegies, Prune Citrus, Copper Sprays + Herbal Leys

It’s such an exciting time to be an edible gardener in New Zealand! More and more of us are regenerating our lands and backyards – both farmers, market gardeners + home gardeners (that’s you and me!) alike. Its so thrilling to be at this junction and watch the old ways of tilling and artificial amendments […]

August in the Vegie Patch + Greenhouse

August is our get ready for spring month. Use this month to pave the way for spring plantings. If you get in early with greencrops and organic matter you’ll reduce your need for bought fertiliser and compost. Begin by cleaning out the old. Make space… Leave everything that is still providing harvest. Clean older crops […]

August Fruit Tree Care

If you blink you’ll miss it! The early plums are on the move, brewing up another batch of beautiful blossom. For those of you pondering copper sprays – this is your sign to get ready, the moment is nigh. Take a quiet wander in your fruit trees to see which trees are beginning to roll […]

How to Use Fungicides: Copper, Lime Sulfur + ACV

Cankers, oozing sap, fruit scab, fruit rot, leaf spots or leaf curl are all signs bacteria or fungus are ruling the roost in your orchard. The ultimate is to manage these infections via a diverse, slightly wild but robust orchard environ. While you establish the companion plantings and below ground myccorhizal network that is at […]