Egyptian Tree Onions – pardon?

We had some gorgeous autumn days last week which inspired me to haul out the remaining chillies from the raised bed where the onions and garlic are going. The chilli plants were then hung to dry in my garden shed .. .complete with chillies too of course! I haven’t tried this technique before so it will …

Like chilli?

Andrew decided on Sunday to pick the bulk of our chillies. Different varieties, colours and sizes in different degrees of ‘ripeness’. I remember staring at the bag full of chilli and wondering what on earth I was going to do with all of them. Well as it happens, I froze about a quarter of them. …

Feijoas, kumara and garlic!

What are feijoas? They are an evergreen, perennial shrub originally from South America that has delicious perfumed fruit which are ready for eating anytime from March/April. They are absolutely divine raw, or in jam, muffins or topped with crumble and cream. Yum! They arrived in NZ around the 1920s … of course being a kiwi,  I have grown up with them in the …

Weather, gardens and stuff

The good thing about gardening is that between breaks in the rain you can don a jacket and nip outdoors. And believe me that is exactly what happened last weekend. Saturday weather wise wasn’t too bad. After hoisting a few unlucky weeds from the beds and a quick appraisal of shrubs that are due for …

Seed saving

Wow yesterday was a stunner! A magic autumn day, clear crystal blue skies, no wind and warm. Really warm, ok hot in the car actually because I had my damned boots on but that’s fashion for you! Before I launch into my weekly post, I thought I should mention my chooks. I’m sure most people …