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A mid-season update on the garlic

After last year’s disaster season, how is the garlic growing in 2022?

The shopping spree

I spent my 40th birthday buying and planting trees. 16 year old me would be horrified.

Why I don’t keep bees

You’d think with so much native bush (and with more trees planted each year), we might put in a few bee hives at The Outpost. But we won’t be. Here’s why.

Planning a miniature food forest

I’ve been thinking and scheming – and I think I’ve come up with a plan for our first area of ‘food forest’.

Project grow-a-mango

This week I spent $13 on a piece of fruit – and it was worth every cent. But can I grow good mangoes in New Zealand? Well, I’m going to give it a try!

Another month’s worth of rain

The rain fell quite spectacularly this week. We’re now in our fourth year of weather monitoring, so how wet has the last year been?

Five things I did this week

It’s been an unexpectedly dry week, so we got some things done.

The berry house

We’ve finally planted our collection of cane berries into the ground!

Gran Shirley’s Sally Lunn

We’ve got too many potatoes so I’m looking for new ways to use them. Turns out, a Sally Lunn is a pretty excellent way to use them.

Let’s go fly a kite

It’s taken nearly 3 years but I realised that all our space and wind make a fantastic combination for kite flying, so I bought a kite.

Gran Shirley’s Sally Lunn

We’ve got too many potatoes so I’m looking for new ways to use them. Turns out, a Sally Lunn is a pretty excellent way to use them.

Citrus meringue pie

A light and deceptively simple dessert that can be made in a range of flavour combinations depending on what’s available and what sounds yum!

Harvesting and storing potatoes

We eat a lot of potatoes, so we grow a lot of potatoes. Here’s how we harvest and store them to feed us through winter.

End of season update on the Square Foot Garden

A round up of what went right (and too right!) in the Square Foot Garden this season.

Autumn in the vege garden

I haven’t been very attentive to my garden lately, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be eating out of it in the coming months.

Garlic and rosemary salt

I’m always looking for ways to use and store my garlic. Garlic salt is one of my favourites. The addition of rosemary really makes it pop!

It’shallot of shallots

Shallots are one of the easiest things I grow in my garden, with an excellent rate of return.

An update on the Square Foot Garden

A few months ago I revealed my plans for a square foot garden. So, how are those plans going?

Inside the gardening bucket

A look at the tools and equipment inside my yellow gardening bucket.

Planting potatoes

Potatoes can be planted as soon as the last frosts pass. Find out what to do now to great crop next season!