Tahini + Orange Biscuits

Fudgy and oh so tasty. We be lovin these sweet somethings from My New Roots. 2cups almond meal or flour ** 1 tsp cinnamon¼ tsp ground star anise ¼ tsp ground cardamon ½ tsp sea salt pinch black pepper ½ cup maple syrup ¾ cup runny tahini 2 tsp vanilla zest of 1 orange Preheat […]

Natural Ways With Pests

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! Pests are just a part of playing in nature […]

How To Deal with Garlic Rust

Despite all my good preps, my garlic succumbed to rust. Aggghhhh! I’ve been a proud garlic grower for 23 years. Kilo braids were my summer pocket money when the girls were babies. Christmas time at Moffat’s cottage was for sorting and cleaning garlic. Visitors were roped in and always left with a stash of beautiful […]

December In The Vegie Patch

A daily stroll is your secret garden weapon this December. Catching problems when they’re small makes for simple solutions = a peaceful easy life.  Pinching little laterals off your tomatoes and peppers leaves tiny wounds that heal in a flash and prevent viruses and bacteria getting in. Squashing little groups of aphids or a few […]

How to Prune Toms, Peppers, Cukes + Melons

A single leader tomato is a very fine thing.  Easy to stake. Easy to pick. Easy to spot pests. Easy to spray. But most important of all in my high rainfall not reliably hot climate – plenty of airflow and sun for best health + ripening. Tomato Laterals + How to Remove Them The shoot […]

For Less Disease + Better Vegies – Water Like a Pro

Sometime this month or next we’ll be gearing up for watering. Before summer hits proper I want to encourage you to ponder the way you water. In part to conserve this precious resource, but also to improve the overall health of your gardens. Overwatering creates fungus and encourages sappy, pest prone foliage. Underwatering means minerals […]