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…

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DIY Laundry Powder

Home-Grown Laundry Powder I love living sustainably, and being self-sufficient. I love making things and I have always dabbled at making my own household cleaners and products from leather conditioner to window cleaner. At the back of my mind, I always wanted to try making my own dishwasher powder, and laundry powder. Before Lockdown, I…

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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,…

Nasturtium Pesto

Very healthy Nasturtium and Kawakawa Pesto Yes, you heard right! I make basil pesto in summer, parsley pesto in Autumn, and Nasturtium pesto in Winter. If you’ve ever planted nasturtiums in your garden, you’ll know they are prolific! They will veritably cover vast swathes of your garden seemingly overnight! Orange and yellow Nasturtium and blue…