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 

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 

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 

WEEK IN RETROSPECT 2019 – WEEK 6 (5 October – 11 OCTOBER)

WEEK IN RETROSPECT 2019 – WEEK 6 (5 October – 11 OCTOBER)

October! October! A truly beautiful month. With spring truly sprung, there’s birds chirping, bees buzzing, lambs jumping through dandelion fields, and flowers – including fruit blossoms – popping up everywhere. The growth in my garden has suddenly accelerated in the past week, enough even for 

Week in Retrospect 2019 – Week 4 & 5 (21 September – 4 October)

Week in Retrospect 2019 – Week 4 & 5 (21 September – 4 October)

  Last weekend I was down and out with a head cold, and just did not feel up to doing the weekly retrospect. But actually, although it’s spring, it feels kind of slow-going, so not even much news this past week. Nevertheless, here we go 

Week in Retrospect 2019 – Week 3 (14 September – 20 September)

Week in Retrospect 2019 – Week 3 (14 September – 20 September)

Three weeks into spring, and things are going well. Albeit a bit slower than I’d like – not the plants’ or weather’s fault… but just life and budgets coming in to play. If you didn’t know, I’m working to create my new homestead garden and