Pea Frames, Windproof Broccoli + Garlic Prep

For climbing crops like peas, sno peas, beans and indeterminate tomatoes, it’s all about the frame. Those of you who’ve been with me a while will be familiar with my love of reinforcing mesh – the best all round garden frame ever! Easy to store when not in use, easy to put up and take […]

How To Harvest Kumara

Such a good kumara growing summer … all those long hot days. My crop’s been in for 130 days (somewhere in that 120 – 150 days is ideal), and the tubers feel nice and fat beneath the soil. It’s time to harvest! Don’t go leaving it till the leaves yellow, set your store instead in […]

Winter Preps, Mighty Broccoli And Death To Cabbage Whites

Aside from keeping everything alive with regular watering and feeding, our most pressing job is sowing and planting the winter food garden. No mean feat when it’s hot and dry. Planting Tips For Hot Days Use the evening for all of your planting and pricking on Be sure the soil you are planting into is […]

Eke Out The Water – Embrace The Shade

Lizards, chilli peppers and tomatoes are heat lovers. They adore the sun beating down on them. The rest of us, not so! In the baking heat we sweat, plants transpire = energy and water loss. Though we don’t visibly wilt as does a plant, we can relate to those flaccid leaves!  Shade mitigates both losses, […]