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…

The Ultimate Closed Circular Waste System

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for ever so long! I think I was in such awe since visiting Raglan’s Xtreme Waste Works three years ago, I’ve not been brave enough to to attempt to unravel it yet! Today is a grey, dull day and I am inside without too many distractions, so it’s…

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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…

Moo-tiful Morrinsville

     Small Town New Zealand! Sometimes we just don't stop long enough when passing through little towns, to discover their own piece of magic. I have always loved Morrinsville's beautiful painted roadside cow sculptures, so today, on our way to Hamilton, where both our children study, we stopped long enough for me to wander around and…