December In The Vegie Patch

A daily stroll is your secret garden weapon this December. Catching problems when they’re small makes for simple solutions = a peaceful easy life.  Pinching little laterals off your tomatoes and peppers leaves tiny wounds that heal in a flash and prevent viruses and bacteria getting in. Squashing little groups of aphids or a few […]

Spring in the Greenhouse

Early zucchini, African marigold + mustard 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 […]

Easy-as Alternatives to Weed Spray

Here are simple, integrated alternatives to herbicide. I hope you use these ideas at home, at school and in your community this spring and forever more. Salt Salt is the answer to your driveway weeds. No plant survives beneath a dollop of salt! Salt is also useful along hard edges, under the letterbox, along the […]

Managing Foodscraps: Easy Bokashi

This story begins on a sad note – Nellie, our beautiful kunekune pig, she in charge of foodscrap management, died. See you on the other side, my friend. As well as companionship (pigs are the best), she played an important part in the health of the garden – converting foodscraps into manure. A job she […]