Foraging for the Garden: Bamboo

An old Chinese proverb: Have Garden...Will Need Stakes. Okay, I made that up, but I’m sure all gardeners will agree with the sentiment. Staking plants is a common activity. Without stakes, your tomatoes wouldn’t stand to attention for easy picking. Buying bamboo stakes doesn’t come cheap. A set of 10 1.2m bamboo stakes will set…

Foraging for the Garden (Pine Needles)

There are some who forage outside of their garden, and there are some who forage for their garden. I fit into both categories. I love frugal living, and I love being able to use the resources freely available to us, to boost our garden. A pine tree-lined avenue. So while driving along a local road…

A Wee Contribution to the Garden

Let me take you down the garden path..... Okay, those queasy ones maybe can pass on this blog. Maybe not your cuppa tea, but here’s the little wee truth of it. Urine is great for your garden! “Wait,” I hear you say with alarm, “did you say urine is good for the garden??” Nope, I…

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Planning an Edible Garden

During Sustainable Backyards month of March, we usually open up our garden to visitors to see a working Edible Landscape in action. They ooh and aah and think that it is all incredibly well planned but I point out our mistakes in the hopes of sparing them the same mistake of NOT planning and allowing…

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Preserving Autumn Feijoa Fruits

A daily haul of feijoas Feijoas are wonderful Autumn fruits! Every New Zealand house should have a lemon and feijoa tree! Such versatile fruits and so easy to grow. A mature feijoa tree can produce between 15 and 25kg of fruit! So you can imagine how much we collect from our 8 trees! Gulp! Yes,…