Don’t Mow – Let It Grow!

Once the kids have gone and cricket games are no longer you may wish to pause and ponder the usefulness of your lawn. If no compelling reason other than tidiness comes to mind, let me suggest you plant it up or let it go. Either way you’re adding to your homegrown mulch stash, improving the […]

December In The Vegie Patch

I began my food growing journey up Otaki Gorge, living down the drive from some of the best people you’ll find anywhere – Ray and Joan Moffat. Joan had a beautiful but practical garden and I learned many great things working alongside her. The value of vigorous self seeders, the importance of ground-covers in the […]

Spring in the Greenhouse

It’s mid spring in the greenhouse and no bare soil remains. Once the heat starts, so too the pressure on the soil so I keep things healthy with a mixed living mulch. Apart from lupin, which I sow after the chooks have been through, the rest are that wonderful guild of super useful plants – […]

Easy Peasy Crop Rotation

One of my favourite winter jobs is planning my crop rotation (garden nerd alert!) Working out how much of each crop we need, and when and where it all gets planted to ensure a daily harvest year round while looking after my soil. Excitement for crop planning took a while to dawn. For many years […]