Monthly and Seasonal Growing

Week in Retrospect (Monday, 7 Aug – Sunday, 13 Aug)

Week in Retrospect (Monday, 7 Aug – Sunday, 13 Aug)

Mud. Mud. Mud. Everywhere! It is the bane of living in Auckland in winter when it rains and rains on the clay soil. I honestly did not enjoy being in the garden this past week… a rare occasion, I promise you. I was slipping and a…

Week in retrospect (Mon, 31 July 2017 – Sun, 6 Aug 2017)

Week in retrospect (Mon, 31 July 2017 – Sun, 6 Aug 2017)

This past week, according to the moon calendar I use, was time to get planting – the most fertile for sowing and making cuttings of all above-ground crops. I sowed a lot of seeds! No, really… LOTS! We are heading into spring after all and…

Starting chillies and peppers off early

Starting chillies and peppers off early

I am feeling impatient, and as the winter runs past longest day, I look toward the new season, and titillate at the possibilities. It has just gone a few days past dark moon – planting time, and I can feel it in my blood… But…

Gardening in February

Gardening in February

Notoriously the hottest summer month, and also one of the driest months, February can be challenging in the garden. Besides the weather, it is also a time of plants maturing, with many annual and biennial herbs going to flower and seed. This bolting may make the garden…

Gardening in January

Gardening in January

Ah! The midsummer garden… If all went well with your planning and planting, you will be reaping the rewards continually now. Harvest daily all your ripening crops of tomatoes, chillies, bell peppers, cucumbers, beans, peas, zucchini, globe artichokes, and eggplant. Timely picking of fruit and…

Sowing Guide – January

Sowing guide for January (Sub-tropical to Temperate) Vegetables Herbs Flowers Fruit Beetroot Beans – climbing Beans – dwarf Broccoli Brussel’s sprouts (colder areas) Cabbage Carrot Cauliflower Celery Celeriac Corn Salad Cucumber Kale also Cavolo Nero Kohlrabi Leeks Lettuce Mizuna Onion Bok Choi Parsnip Peas Pumpkin and…

Sowing in November

Sowing in November

It is sowing time again according to the moon calendar, so off I go to make new plants for your enjoyment! Coming soon we’ll have some chillies, epazote, endive, white sage, liquorice, marhsmallow, chives, hyssop, lady’s mantle and many more! 😉