My Healthy Fruit Tree Game Plan

A diverse environment around your deciduous fruit trees is the answer to all your fruit tree problems. Yes! Truly! All of them! Get a bit wild, my friends and loose the tidy. Engage as broad a range of plants, trees, shrubs, a pond if you can – even a small one and perhaps an animal […]

My Favourite Pruning Tools

The right tools for the job, make all the difference. Loppers This is where you spend the money, if you can. These are industry standard loppers, made right here in Levin. I’ve had these for about 15 years and quite frankly – I expect to be buried with them. The double hinges makes them super […]

July In The Vegie Patch

Even when its cold and frosty there’s plenty of food to be had from the garden. Here’s a quick round up of what we’re harvesting to inspire you to a four seasons vegie patch. Leafy greens abound – chard, spinach, parsley, kale, chickweed, cress, miners lettuce, endive, chicory and rocket. Bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower and […]

Rhubarb Cake

I’ve had 3 requests for this old recipe – it must be rhubarb season! An oldie, but a goodie and a perfect fit for wintery days, so I’m glad to revisit it. Lois, Neal and Christine – this is for you. Turn the oven to 180°Grease a 20cm cake tin. You can also make this […]

How To Prune An Avocado

If there is one thing I’ve learnt over the years teaching pruning, it’s that when I start to talk about old wood, new wood, two year old wood – your mind squeezes shut with fear. So before we begin here today lets relax a little. Just hang with me here while I talk about new […]

A Simple Drainage Test + How to Transform Heavy Clay

Winter is a telling time in your soil health journey – from now through early spring you get to see your drainage in action. Those of you at the basemap phase of gathering info and learning your land – perk your ears on up! How wet are your soils? Drainage is absolutely key for plant […]