February in the vegie patch

Summer has been an up and down affair in Horowhenua. To be fair it’s not that unusual in our neck of the woods. For us, summer proper generally starts when school goes back. The thing is to match what you plant and sow in your vegie patch this month, to the season that you are […]

Tomato onion pie

This here is one of my all time favourite summer dinners. Add a salad and a baked potato or some fresh fish or a good sausie. Mmmmm, life is good. 2 finely sliced onions 6 or so good sized, very ripe, thick sliced tomatoes 50g cubed butter a good handful of grated cheese 3 slices […]

How to summer prune stonefruit

Plums, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Almonds and Cherries are best pruned in summer when they finish fruiting. There’s a few good reasons to prune them now rather than winter. Number one is disease prevention – there are no silver leaf spores on the wing at this time of year. Number 2 – to slow down that […]

January In The Vegie Patch + Autumn Crops A Go Go

January is an opportunity to extend our summer crops. To create a lovely continuity after our current crops call it quits. Successional planting/ sowing is the proper name. Let’s just call it – not going hungry, little and often planting, or production plus  And while we’re at it, let’s think about dinner in Autumn. Let’s […]