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 …

Summer …

Nasturtium … a must in any vege garden .. Another week has zipped past .. it is Sunday and it has been just divine. Beautiful day .. super sunny and very warm. Sunburn weather! So nice to have some beaut weather as lately it has been terrible. We had torrential rain last week, the likes of …

What a week!

Paper wasp enjoying the sun on the leptospermum blossom At last, our weather is starting to behave itself. No more fires, heat pump is off (brilliant) and finally the bees are appearing in the garden. Yay! Very happy about that. And to top the week off, Dallas our good Aussie mate who just happens to …

Weeds? It really depends …

Saturday 7th and it is nearly 8.00pm And it is blowing a gale. The wind is whistling (howling actually) and it is raining and cold! I don’t know how many times I hung out the washing today only to have to race outdoors to haul it again. I eventually got the message and gave up. …

Spring

Before I launch into my latest garden update, I thought it only fair to say that Andrew is away on a surfing trip with the boys, and fair enough too! Me? I’m home with the dog, chooks, sheep, cats and the garden and loving it! The girls … Dan … busting to get outdoors. Typical …

What a weekend ..

Saturday … brilliant day’s work. The weather was beaut, so nice to have a ‘breather’ from the copious amounts of rain we have had. I feed all the garlic, onions and leeks with home seaweed and fish fertiliser. Splashed that liberally about … and yes, I got it all over myself. Andrew got out the …

Spring is on the way

Dan our dog … loves walks on the beach Yesterday was absolutely brilliant. The sun was shining all day … so inspiring, perfect day for gardening… I caught two of my chooks out of their paddock this week … they were marching up the hill from my garden beds. They looked very happy indeed – …