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Serendipity

I know we all joke we’re two-degrees of separation from anyone else in New Zealand. But Richard and I have closer links to the land we live on than we could have imagined.

Coffee fruit!

The coffee trees have started fruiting!

Finding the ‘family stuff’

A sudden whim leads to an impressive collection of family history – and some new leads on the Smith sisters.

The banana plantation

An update on the patch of bananas we planted back in December 2019.

Resetting the worm farm

The worm farm is full and ready for a re-set! This week I emptied our worm farm all out, then filled it back up again.

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.

The death of Sarah Elizabeth Smith

After locating the graves of my spinster great-great grand aunts, I ordered the first death record to see what I can learn about their lives.

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.

Finding the flower bed

My gardening mojo is coming back after the scorching summer and I rediscovered my flowerbed.

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.

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!

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.