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 […]

Good Things Take Time

The evolution of soil from clay to well drained, gorgeous growing stuff is a delight. From despair to joy! Check in with your soil before you start planting this August, because this time of year is a good tell of how your soil health is. If it’s not ready, don’t rush into it.  Plant in […]

Winter’s Slow Vibe

I love winter. Crunchy frosts that kill pests and sweeten parsnips. The delight of peeling off wet weather clothes and coming in to the fire. The small triumph of having done what needs be done no matter what the weather. Continuity of harvest is my inspiration here. Keeping that best food coming in is what […]

When Summer Doesn’t Come, Make A Plan B

To cheer myself up last week, I lit the bonfire while I gardened. It was such a gloomy day. It was mid summer, and I was gardening in jeans. The fire lifted my spirits. For those of us out west and south, this is not a normal February in the garden. Normally we’d be drowning […]