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Clearing the clearing

This week we cut down a bunch of gorse and cleared out a nice spot for a picnic in the bush.

Rainfall

We’ve got two full years of weather data now. What does it say?

Manual of the New Zealand Flora

How do you learn to see the trees for the forest? You look closer. And then you look closer again. And again.

Square foot gardening

Low rainfall in summer each year means my garden always suffers. This year, I’m planning to share our water with one bed that really pumps… and grows everything.

Down the garden path

Paths are a perhaps overlooked, at yet very important part of the garden. Here’s a look at my trials (and errors).

The eggless chickens

Every year about this time, our chickens stop laying eggs. Each year I swear I'll be ready for it the next, but it always, always seems to catch me by surprise. One day we'll look in the cupboard and there's no eggs. Our supply is dry. It's part of a natural cycle....

Garden time

A bed-by-bed tour of the winter vege garden.

Garlic growing 2021: the experiments

Each year I experiment with new garlic varieties to see if they’re worth adding to my “garlic collection”. This year I’m trying 3: Russian Red, Spanish Red, and Kakanui.

Garden of smiles

I’m slowly learning plants don’t have to be “useful” to be worthwhile. So this week, I planted a flower garden just to put a smile on my face.

The roosters

A couple of months ago, we welcomed some new chickens, and now the roosters are crowing.

Planting potatoes

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

Cloche hoops

All about our wonderful cloche hoops – and how you can have them too.

Everything I know about looking after garlic

My main crops are half way through the season and I’m working on setting them up for good bulb growth in the next couple of months.

Square foot gardening

Low rainfall in summer each year means my garden always suffers. This year, I’m planning to share our water with one bed that really pumps… and grows everything.

How to grow ginger (Zingibar officiale)

A surprisingly simple and satisfying little crop to grow. Find out how to take a small piece from the supermarket and turn it into a year’s supply of ginger!

Everything I know about planting garlic

Everything I’ve learned about getting a successful garlic harvest in the ground.

Planting leeks

It’s time to plant leeks! There’s a bit of a trick to harvesting a good leek, so I thought I’d take a moment to show you how.

The giant compost pile

When life gives you organic matter, make compost.

Xeronema callistemon (Poor Knight’s Lily)

How I fell in love with and acquired a new native plant for my collection.

5 veges you can grow without screwing up

My top-5 most fool-proof vegetables that anyone can grow?