When you think about adding to your garden, it’s natural to assume you’ll need to spend some money. I’m not talking about the vege garden this time, I mean your whole garden, trees, shrubs and all. People building houses from scratch often leave the landscaping until way after their house is completed as this part is usually such a drain on the budget.
If you visit a plant nursery it’s easy to see why the money adds up so quickly. Even if you find a low-cost $7 plant, if you need 20 of those it’s suddenly not so cheap. Now what if I told you there’s a free plant nursery right in your neighborhood? That’s right, and she’s called Mother Nature. Surprisingly (except not really), nature is managing to continue reproducing seedlings without human help.
They’re literally everywhere*, all you need to do is look! Read More
We live in a weird world where it seems perfectly normal to buy tomatoes all year round 🤔. You can’t grow them in winter so why should we be able to buy them?
Want to know what’s in season in NZ? I’ve made a seasonal produce chart to help.
It sure is cold at night! This month we need to focus on keeping our plants warm in our winter garden as the weather rapidly cools.
What to sow this month from seed: broad beans, garlic, lettuce, onion, silver beet, peas, kale and spinach
What to plant this month from seedlings: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, spinach, lettuce, silver beet Read More
Winter is a good time to get in the garden and plant some trees and shrubs. Deciduous trees (ones that lose their leaves), can put their energy into growing and strengthening their roots. Perennial flower bushes such as roses, also use winter to establish their roots, in time for spring when the new growth happens. Read More
“I don’t have a green thumb, I can’t even keep my coriander alive!”
This is a sentence I hear a lot. When I then start to ask questions about when and where they planted their coriander seed or seedlings, they say “Oh no, it’s the plant you get from the supermarket”.
Well that folks, is a whole other story. A very important story in the world of planting. Read More