September In The Vegie Patch + Xmas Spuds + Asparagus

So much cool stuff to do in the food garden at the mo. So much prettiness to soak up and enjoy. In the Vegie Patch Take your cropping success next level and check your soil temperature before planting or sowing anything. Align your crop choices with it. Nature is finely tuned to temperature. Plant out celery, […]

September In The Raspberry Patch

If you haven’t already pruned your raspberries then move it to the top of your priority list! Here are my summer fruiters – pruned, tied and ready to get their grow on. If you need help, here’s my How To Prune Raspberries post. September Berry Care Weed beneath your berries – a good job for […]

Ginger, Lemon, Tumeric
Pick Me Up

Spring in a cup! Zingy, warming and bright yellow. The perfect afternoon pick me up. For 1 cup Put all this goodness into a heatproof jug 1 Tablespoon grated ginger root 1 Tablespoon grated tumeric root 1 or 2 slices of lemon Juice of half a lemon Pour on 1 cup of boiling water and […]

Spring Consults, Fruitful Tips + Fungus Alert!

Consults are back! I’ve had my break and recovered my mojo. I’m here for you Manawatu, Horowhenua, Kapiti and when it suits Wellington. Though I love you Wellington – you were my beginning after all, you don’t need me. Good, local permaculturists abound – check out Linea from Edible Oasis. As for Hawke’s Bay, it was […]

Spring Disease: Managing Fungus

By far and away the most common cause of garden disease is airborne fungi and the mild moist conditions of spring set the scene for primary infections of rust, black spot, leaf curl, shot hole, brown rot and other fungal delights. As I write this it’s raining and cool, the kind of conditions that strike […]

Pump Up Your Fruit Production

Today I’m sharing a September task that’ll really up your fruit production. It’s time to tie down young branches, to change their direction from up to out. Especially important on young fruit trees that you are shaping into perfect specimens. Also for older trees that have had an old branch removed and a newbie has […]