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 […]

Today in my vegie garden

From October through to April I spend as much time as poss in my garden. About 3 days a week at this time of year, keeps the food garden rolling and bringing us a daily harvest. I diary the garden each week – 3 whole days! Heaven. Here’s what today looked like. Sunday 18 November […]

January in the Vegie Patch

I am over-joyed to find delicious dirt beneath the mulch after all these hot days! Dark, damp, wormy and smelling fine. It’s good nick has alot to do with the often topped up layer of organic matter (mulch) spread over it. Keeps the soil life fed and housed and multiplying. Mulch is your weapon against […]

How to feed and mulch your fruit trees

The fruit trees are at their sweetest at this time of year – the promise of a harvest in the bees supping on the pretty blossoms. Are the bees in your fruit trees? The early plums are setting fruit already, the later ones still blossoming; and here come the pips – the buds are on […]