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6 Tips for Edible Gardens in Hot Weather

The heat is upon us. Is your edible garden thriving? Is your soil protected?  It is 30degrees outside and most of New Zealand is experiencing an early summer heat wave. Phew. You won’t catch this blooming pregnant goddess out in the mid day heat. If forced to venture...

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What kind of soil do I plant seeds into?

Do I really need potting mix? Recently I was about to go buy some potting mix when our car broke down. There were a few options. I could haul a 40 litre bag plus 20kg child home from the garden centre in the bike trailer. Or I could make my own. With spring in full...

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Spring Seed Sowing with Children

Pull out the seeds, it's time to get sowing...with kids! This week Jemima and I are planting the first of our Spring seeds. But first we need to go through our seed collection and choose the seeds we will plant this year.  It is a courageous thing allowing your 3year...

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Edible Gardens On The Move

My family has moved house and garden...again! Moving house is always a mission. Moving edible gardens takes it to a whole new level. Since beginning my food growing journey 7 years ago, I have created 8 new food gardens on rental properties, and carted countless...

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Winter Solstice reflection for resilient edible gardens

Take a moment The Winter Solstice is a fabulous time to let out a big breath, sit down and reflect on how your edible food garden is going. The days will soon be longer and we will be waiting patiently for seed orders to arrive and planning how we are going to fit...

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Attracting beneficial insects with Phacelia

Learning on the job Day 1 of of my Sustainable Horticulture Course in 2009 and I am shown a garden of scraggly looking weeds that is mine for the year. I felt more than ripped off as I looked about at the other perfect beds with tidy, bare soil. Little did I know......

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