Hope Seeds

A quick little shout out to these guys at Hopeseeds who brings us a heartfelt fundraising opportunity for your community. Mark Adcock created Hopeseeds after reading an article in newspaper about the national shortage of swan plants and the starving monarch caterpillars. He saw a connection with the life cycle and metamorphosis of a caterpillar with the […]

December In The Vegie Patch

I began my food growing journey up Otaki Gorge, living down the drive from some of the best people you’ll find anywhere – Ray and Joan Moffat. Joan had a beautiful but practical garden and I learned many great things working alongside her. The value of vigorous self seeders, the importance of ground-covers in the […]

Make your summer garden better

Gardens go up a gear in December – plants, seeds, weeds, pests, the good and bad. Everything starts to zoom along. Keep everything in top health and pests epidemics at bay with a daily garden walk. Sort stuff there and then. If done daily, it’s easy little stuff – little weeds, little pests, little bits […]

Pest Smarts + Neem Giveaway!

Heat and harvest come to this – pests. It’s easy to malign them, “Damn things!”, but pests are not malicious, they’ve come because you’ve served dinner. Aphids, leafhoppers, scale, thrips, green vegetable bugs – put a feed out, create the perfect environment and they will come! A pest free garden Got ya there! Nope, wont […]

Rosewater Almond Cake

Bring your rose petals to the table with this beautiful cake. Perfectly timed for the many celebrations that take place at this time of year. It looks gorgeous, but is super simple to make. This cake comes to us from “My Petite Kitchen Cookbook” by Eleanor Ozich. I love this cake for it’s moist texture and […]

Today in my Vegie Patch: 25 November

Such a beautiful morning. We park up on the couch with our coffee and breath in the Jasmine and soak up the hills. A front is coming in, so even though its Sunday we’re keen to get up and into the day to make hay while the sun shines. Matt’s all fired up for our […]