Growing Herbs

Week in Retrospect (18 Sept – 24 Sept)

I thought I’d mix it up a bit and simply do my week in retrospect in pictures – like a little picture tour of my garden,  nursery and doings. Sometimes showing is better than saying, but if you want to know more, hovering over the…

Tomato Terminology #3 – To Be(efsteak) or not to Be(efsteak)

Tomato Terminology #3 – To Be(efsteak) or not to Be(efsteak)

The story of the shapes and sizes of tomatoes There’s beefsteak tomatoes, and then there’s a tomato cultivar called Beefsteak, which is, unsurprisingly a beefsteak type. So when a customer asks me for a beefsteak tomato, and I say “Sure, which one?”, I fully understand…

Week in Retrospect (Monday, 4 Sept – Sunday, 17 Sept)

Week in Retrospect (Monday, 4 Sept – Sunday, 17 Sept)

The spring weather the last two weeks have hindered gardening efforts (the word “appalling” comes to mind, but I know better than to insult Mother Nature!). Periods of warm and sunny weather promises productive days in the garden, but I’m quickly chased back inside with…

Tomato Terminology #2 – Indeterminate vs. Determinate

Tomato Terminology #2 – Indeterminate vs. Determinate

Indeterminate vs Determinate Tomatoes come in two growth habit types – determinate, or bush varieties, and indeterminate or vining varieties. DICTIONARY: Growth habit of a plant in horticulture refers to the shape, height, form, and general appearance of a plant species. Basically answering the question…

Tomato Terminology #1 – Heirlooms vs. Hybrids

Tomato Terminology #1 – Heirlooms vs. Hybrids

Welcome to the first in a series of All Things Tomato Have you browsed your seed catalogs and seen little tags next to plant names saying “F1 Hybrid” or “Open Pollinated”? Have you been told by farmer’s market salesmen about their tomatoes only being “heirlooms”?…

Week in Retrospect (Mon, 28 Aug – Sun, 3 Sept)

Week in Retrospect (Mon, 28 Aug – Sun, 3 Sept)

Spring has sprung! Woohoo and Happy Spring Day to you! This was quite a busy week, what with it being slightly warmer and less rainy, and the best time to sow and grow according to the moon calendar I use. For more ideas on what…

Week in retrospect (Mon, 14 Aug –  Sun, 27 Aug)

Week in retrospect (Mon, 14 Aug – Sun, 27 Aug)

Welll, two weeks in retrospect actually – It is definitely gearing up to be spring, and I see my productivity double around the garden from week to week now. It is a gorgeous time to get ready for the new growing season!   In my…

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…

Edible Flowers #7: Lavender

What an enchanting herb, Lavender (Lavandula spp) is! Long associated with the English cottage garden, or picturesque purple lavender hills in the French countryside, Lavender is loved and grown all over the world today. Lavenders have long been used as a medicine for various ailments, and in…

Edible Flowers #9: Citrus blossoms

Native to Southeast Asia, originating perhaps in Southern China or Northeastern India, and in cultivation for over 4000 years, the citrus genus bears some of the world’s favourite fruit. Although it is commonly agreed that there are around 16 species of these evergreen flowering trees and…