Quick maturing veggies for winter gardens

Quick maturing veggies for winter gardens

Following on from my first post in my “how to” series for new gardeners during this time of global pandemic (see “How to Sow Seeds”), here’s a list of a few quick to mature vegetables that will give you food on the table soon, and 

How to sow seeds

How to sow seeds

With such an influx of brand-new gardeners, I thought I’d make a few quick how-to tutorials. Starting with sowing seeds.   Take into consideration what you can grow this time of year – most seed packets have this information, but if not, a website http://gardengrow.co.nz 

Herb of the Month: March 2020

Herb of the Month: March 2020

This month we celebrate Bergamot, but not the bergamot orange (Citrus bergamia) that famously flavours Earl Grey and Lady Grey teas, although our herbs were commonly named bergamot because of the leaves having fragrance reminscent of the bergamot orange. And although the herbs are also 

March in the garden

March in the garden

While March can still be hot, weather traditionally becomes a bit more variable as we enter our first month of autumn. Following on from a warm and dry February, weather forecasters are predicting an increase in humidity, moisture and rainfall for March – if these 

Edible Flowers #7: Lavender

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, 

Herb of the Month: January 2020

Herb of the Month: January 2020

For 2020 we are kicking off Herb of the Month with the International Herb Association’s Herb of the Year – BERRIES! Anything and everything in the Rubus species, including all the hybrids… so we’re talking blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry, loganberry, tayberry, dewberry, marionberry and many more. 

January in the Garden

January in the Garden

The midsummer garden… If all went well with your planning and planting in spring, this is the month in which you will be reaping much of the rewards.   Timely picking of fruit and vegetables can encourage more flowering and more fruit, and the garden 

BioAssay – midway point

BioAssay – midway point

If you’ve been following my blog posts, Facebook feed and Instagram, you’ll know that I had the misfortune of buying in bulk landscape supply mix called “Veggie Mix” which I am now, with the midway point results of my BioAssay, very confident was higher in 

Portraits of plants damaged from herbicides in compost/soil/manure mix

Portraits of plants damaged from herbicides in compost/soil/manure mix

These are actual images of plants I have grown this season (Spring/Summer 2019) in compost and “veggie mix” bought from a landscape supply place, which I have now no doubt contained herbicides Killer compost is a term given to compost and manure mixes that contain 

WEEK IN RETROSPECT 2019 – WEEK 7 & 8 (12 OCTOBER – 25 OCTOBER)

WEEK IN RETROSPECT 2019 – WEEK 7 & 8 (12 OCTOBER – 25 OCTOBER)

Warning – this is in entirety a moan post. But I did promise to share the good and the bad. Seems the bad has had me in its jaws the past two weeks… Following the chaos of the week of 14 October where all my