Notch A Fruit Tree + Make a New Branch

I hate a glaring gap, an empty space on a fruit tree where a branch should be … needs to be! Here’s a simple, old school trick to stimulate a bit of branching out. Choose a lovely fat bud in the locale of the wished for branch. Using something sharp take a slice out of […]

August in the Vegie Patch

August is our get ready for spring month. Wander your vegie patch and think about what you are going to sow and where. Order in whatever seeds you need… remember greencrops! Gobble up overwintering crops like carrots, parsnips and yams to create new space (and so they don’t go to waste). If you don’t have […]

Kawakawa + Ginger Tea

Kawakawa has a special place in my heart – it was the first ‘real’ (ie not from a bag) herb tea I ever made many moons ago. Such a powerful healer – 72 medicinal uses according to Murdoch Reilly’s “Maori Healing and Herbal” – and I was at the time healing up from wicked eczema. […]

It’s Time To Feed Your Fruit Trees

The orchard is waking up. Hurrah! blossom will soon be here. The trees sleep is over, and so is the gardeners. Its time to get on the job. One of the best things you can do as fruit tree caretaker is to make sure you wander your trees regularly. Get to know them through every […]

How To Prune Redcurrants And Blackcurrants

Pruning currants makes the wickedest difference to the amount and quality of fruit because the fruits come on young wood. Left unpruned, the harvests become increasingly pathetic – too much old unproductive wood! An annual winter prune and a spring feed will inspire the new wood to come through, netting yourself a haul of about […]

August Vegies + Fruit Trees + Gratitude

Hard to believe, but after all these years, I still love putting this newsletter together! I love giving you the tools + timings to grow an awesome patch so you can nourish yourselves with real food. But more than that, I love our beautiful planet … and your spray free, humus rich backyard is just […]