April In The Vegie Patch

Winter draws ever closer, and tough choices need to be made. Do you have enough room for all your winter crops or does something have to give. Is it time for summer crops to go? And time is of the essence people, the nights are cooling and mornings are dewy. Those cool nights set the […]

How to Sow a Greencrop

Last week Helen wrote me asking (among other things), how to sow a greencrop. How remiss of me to have never written this up – given as I adore greencrops to bits. So thanks for reminding me Helen – this one’s for you. First up we must ready our ground. The main thing is there […]

Simple tomato passata + my cool machine

This new tool is the love of my life – it’s a Rigamonti Passata machine. 100 times faster and easier than my old mouli which though its churned out litres and litres of tomatoes over the years, I wasn’t sad to see go. Heartless. Roasted tomato pasatta is my go to – its so delicious, […]

Grow Yourself a Winter Bounty

There are a few important jobs us food gardeners must take care of this month. And then, glory be, we can slow down a pace. Make as much compost as you can for your spring gardens, store and preserve your harvest in ways most useful to your family, and plant another lot of leafy greens […]

Grow Yourself a Daily Winter Harvest

Achieving a daily harvest year round, takes years of practice. I remember the first year I grew all my own carrots. Pride. And the year of the onion, that was solid. Potatoes have been a recent achievement, but that’s only because all the teenage mouths have left the building. Year of the broccoli – so […]

Testing Apples For Ripeness + A Super Helpful Calendar

One of my most asked questions is “How do I know when apples/plums/ pears are ripe?” I remember wondering that too. The realisation that harvesting required as much knowledge as growing, dawned the day I harvested a whole tree of apples in a rush of excitement because they were red. What a let down when […]