June in the Orchard (…and pondering Food Forests)

Such wonderful synchronicity, as the vegie patch slows down we need to spend some time with our fruit trees. Release and spray Release the base of your trees (mine are still knee high in grass that wont stop growing!) and mulch them. You really don’t need to put your back out (and disturb the animal […]

Woolly underwear and a smile will get you through winter

Ahh – winter at last! I love having a cold nose and a warm body, but alas I feel alone in my love of this special season. Are there any other lovers of winter out there? On a cloudy, showery day last week I stood at the lights waiting to cross. The people waiting with […]

Winter in the Herb Garden with Ali

As I am writing this we have had our first real day of winter, brrrgh!! Time for the winter warming herbs that heat us up from the inside and take away that chilled to the bone feeling.My favourites are those that are most available to me: Ginger, Garlic, Kawa kawa and Horopito. Best warming spices […]

June in the Orchard

The time has come to mulch my trees. This means the big job of cutting grass which has been left wild since November. That lovely long sward of grass and wildflowers keeps the moisture in and feeds my garden helpers. This will be a family event to be sure, and it’ll be lovely to freshen […]