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 […]

Break The Pest Cycle

The heat, all that tasty food, a bit of plant stress = pests! Here are two ways to bust inside that egg-larvae-adult-sex-birth cycle, and keep numbers down. 1. A Daily Harvest So simple, so obvious – harvest daily. Get out every morning with your bowl and remove the newly ripe. What a difference! Berries for […]

A Different Kind Of Harvest

Here is my one climbing bean. Hilarious! I’d given up on the climbers – they kept rotting in all the rain, so I grew dwarf beans in the greenhouse instead. I discovered one-bean when I went to remove the climbing frame. Such determination – I couldn’t possibly pull it out!  I wonder how much of […]

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 […]