Goods + Gurus

Em molasses and fish to make a biological brew for the soil

Here are all my favourite products. The ones I use, made + grown by people authentic and wise. They know their stuff, they walk the talk. They’re the people I trust enough to recommend to you.

This list is by no means definitive! Feel free to comment below with your favourites.

Biological Fertilisers + Neem

Agrisea High quality, slow ferment, NZ seaweed for large food gardens, market gardeners and farmers.

EM garden concentrate The magic liquid jamming with beneficial micro organisms – just what your garden needs! Mix with liquid seaweed or liquid comfrey or molasses or hydrolysed fish for a primo monthly garden spray. Its not cheap, but you only use 1ml per litre and can easily expand it out to 20 times to make it go further. The Hortex sprayer they sell, clips to the end of your hose and makes regular sprays super easy.

Environmental Fertilisers biological fertiliers.

Fertile Fields organic garden and animal health products

Fodda 100% natural, full spectrum mineral NZ made fertiliser tested for mineral balance.

Hydrolysed Fish Fertiliser Choose your liquid fish with care. Most brands are simply the leftover liquid once the oil is removed for health products and the pulp for pet products (these bits are the best bits!) Hydrolysed fish fert has it all in together boys and no heat applied for full retention of nutrition. Add to EM for a monthly garden tonic par excellence – pasture, orchards and vegetables.

Neem The only bottle of pest management I own. I rarely use it now a days because my garden is established, but when it was raw and new and lacking in beneficials I used it regularly. I appreciate its kindness, ease and efficacy. Because not all Neem is created equal, let me introduce your one and only – Naturally Neem.

Oceans Organics The best quality seaweed feed in NZ. Slow ferment for full nutrient capture = strong gardens. 100% NZ seaweed. An excellent alternative to liquid fish – add to EM for your monthly liquid feed for strong cells.

Trees, Seeds + Cool Plants

Awapuni Nurseries – vegie seedlings in paper!

Edible Garden Fruit trees for our bio region, grown with love by Sarah and her team. Sarah is our fruit tree guru.

Heritage Food Crops For heritage orange tomatoes, Montys Surprise apples and 1000 heritage beans! Where Mark and his team explore the healing power of heirloom food.

Kahikatea Farm Finally a nursery with useful plants! Medicinal, companion, nitrogen fixing, edible and groundcover plants – permaculture practitioner heaven.

Kings Seeds An amazing range of seeds (flowers + herbs + vegies), top notch germination, range of green crops and a really good organics collection too. Quick friendly + helpful service.

Setha’s Seeds Setha and Roddy grow and sell high quality, heritage garlic, flower, potato, yam and vegetable seeds from their organic farm in Hawkes Bay.

Tools + Accessories

Crafty Gatherer Broadforks, wooden seedling trays, top bar beehives, tool belts, harvest aprons and more. Beautifully hand crafted by Marco and Tess.

Evergrow orchard – the amazing Evergrow bags for small fruit trees. Great for small gardens or containing exuberant trees like figs and cherries.

Growing Things – Cloche Hoops

Red Path – Greenhouses, hoop houses, greenhouse accessories.

The Garden Tool Store – Hula hoes, scythes, beautiful bronze tools, niwashis and then some

Zing Bokashi – simple bokashi bucket systems for recycling foodscraps at home or in schools.

Birdnet, Insect Mesh + Felt Mats

Advance Landscape systems Biodegradable mulch mats, quality nets/ cloth and rabbit protection.

Biogrow Felt mats for mulching on slopes, hard to get to areas and large areas where woody mulch isn’t practical.

Cosio Industries, Permathene, Redpath quality birdnet, frost cloth, wind cloth – all the fabric!

Wondermesh – top quality, long lasting insect mesh to protect crops from psyllids, carrot fly, cabbage whites, guava moth et all.

Soil Tests

Integrity Soils All the help lifestyle blocks and farmers need to regenerate land, reduce/ elimnate chemical inputs and turn weed burdens around using mineral balance and holistic thinking.

Soil Food Web Lab Test the biology in your soil – they are the lynch pin on which all garden health rests! If you are adding heaps to your gardens in order to crop well, chances are your mineral balance will be off and as will soil life inhabiting your soils. By adding way too much, we send our gardens out of balance – easily done. For land small and large. This is always step one in my garden recovery plan.

Soil Safe Aotearoa Free soil contamination tests. Really important in the beginning to help you choose where not to locate your vegetable and fruit growing gardens.

My Gurus

Carol Deppe “The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Resilience in Uncertain Times”

Charles Dowdling UK The father of no dig market gardening and my gardening soul mate. A powerhouse of knowledge and a real gem! I’ve learned so much from him over the years esp multi sowing and pruning + harvesting aubergines. Heaps of great free videos on You Tube.

David Holmgren – Melliodora, Australia Co founder of permaculture. A wise, thoughtful guy. I always enjoy reading his latest.

Dr Zach Bush. Is an extraordinary human – you must meet him! After working in the field of cancer for many years he began wondering why, why all the cancer? Those wonderings have taken him on a journey of discovery from which he founded Farmers Footprint, a non-profit coalition of farmers, educators, doctors, scientists, and business leaders aiming to expose the deleterious human and environmental impacts of chemical farming and pesticide reliance — while simultaneously offering a path forward through regenerative agricultural practices. I adore him.

Eliot Coleman “Four Seasons Harvest”

Gene Logsdon “Holy Shit! ” and “Letter to a Young Farmer: How to Live Richly without Wealth on the New Garden Farm”

Geoff Lawton – Zaytuna Farm, Australia Surely the worlds most experienced global permaculture practitioner. Loads of useful free video and writings to support you. Especially useful for organising water.

Isabella Tree “Wilding: The Return of Nature to a New England Farm”

Jacob de Ruiter “Creating a Natural Garden”. An oldie but a real NZ goodie, especially if you live somewhere windy.

Jenny Allen “Smart Permaculture Design”

Jerome Ostenowski “The Forest Garden Greenhouse”

Linda Woodrow “The Permaculture Home Garden”

Mansanobu Fukuoka “The One Straw Revolution”

Merlin Sheldrake “Entangled Life”

Nicole Masters “For The Love of Soil” I highly recommend this book. Well worth a read if you are keen to learn about the thrilling complexity that is unfolding below the mulch. Learn all about the weeds and what they tell you about your soil and all you need to understand about creating chocolate brownie, as she coined it. You’ll see soil in a whole new light.

Organic NZ  For expert, kiwi advice on the organic life + lots of handy networks. The best mag to subscribe to!

Rosemary Morrow “Earth Users Guide to Permaculture”

Sue Stuart Smith “The Well Gardened Mind”

Suzanne Simard ” Finding the Mother Tree”

Toby Hemingway “Gaias Garden”

Vandana Shiva “Making Peace with the Earth”

Will Bonsall “Will Bonsalls Essential Guide to Radical, Self Reliant Gardening”