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Growing past my biggest failure

Last year, my garlic crop failed big and hard. This year, I’m nervous and more subdued about planting again.

Spraying gorses

Gorse is an unfortunate reality of owning farmland in New Zealand. This week I got out and sprayed some.

The Smith sister’s boarding houses

Part four of my hunt for details of the lives of my great-great aunts, the Smith sisters.

The three wives of John William Lewis

In attempting to work out where he came from, I uncovered the life story of my great great grandfather, John William Lewis.

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!

What’s in a name?

A guide to, and explanation of, the names we have given to places around our property.

Citrus update

A round-up of how our little collection of citrus is growing.

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.

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!

Cloche hoops

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