Kat’s Garden store is closed due to New Zealand Level 4 Covid-19 Restrictions. 

New blogs are being uploaded each week though!

Controlling garden pests without visiting a garden centre

So you’ve planted a pandemic garden – and now the snails are attacking! What can you do without leaving your house?

9 things to grow in a pandemic

In the middle of a pandemic, what can you grow to keep you and your family fed and healthy this winter?

Should I buy seeds, or seedlings?

When should you use seeds, and when can you get away with a few seedlings?

Sowing seeds for transplant

Need to get some seeds growing indoors in trays? Here’s some tips from my garden.

Pricking out seedlings

Between sowing seeds in trays, and transplanting them outdoors, they need pricking out. Find out what that means and how to do it.

Direct-sowing guide

Direct sowing is spreading seed in the place you want to grow it. This is the best way of getting good results for some crops. Find out which ones!

I love my worms

Our worms are probably the animal that pulls their weight best here at Orotere. They take my snotty tissues and coffee grounds, and turn them into black gold.

Constant Coriander

If you love coriander, then having constant, fresh leaves in your garden can be a nirvana-state. Find out how to achieve it!

Planting Potatoes

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

Marilyn’s Cheesy Leeks

A simple, quick and utterly delicious cheese sauce used by my mother to hide all kinds of vegetables, including my favourite, leeks.

Lockdown week one: giving thanks

A reflection on what I’m grateful for at the start of an unprecidented 4+ week nationwide lockdown.

9 things to grow in a pandemic

In the middle of a pandemic, what can you grow to keep you and your family fed and healthy this winter?

A proliferation of pineapples

Life really gave us pineapples this week.

Our first drought

Our lifestyle block is officially in the middle of a drought. So, how are we doing?

Learning to love my garden (again)

The garden is finally turning into something I’m happy with!

A trusted tool

When you own the equivalent of 5 city blocks, sometimes you can’t see what’s going on at the other end.

Leaving The Outpost

Leaving a farm is really hard, but we managed to get away for a couple of days this weekend, and I’m happy we did.

I love my worms

Our worms are probably the animal that pulls their weight best here at Orotere. They take my snotty tissues and coffee grounds, and turn them into black gold.

Lazarus lemons

I’ve owned this lemon tree since it was a tiny stick. I’ve not always treated it very well, but now it’s living its best life.

The ducks

A little introduction to our ducks, how we look after them, and what we plan to do with them.