Bees Please

Bees Please

Bee­keep­ing is grow­ing in pop­ular­ity in Wel­ling­ton. You might want bees to pol­lin­ate your plants. You might yearn to pro­duce your own honey. Or you might just be curi­ous to learn about this indus­tri­ous insect. Whatever your reas­ons, you can keep bees suc­cess­fully even in an urb­an area if you pos­i­tion your hives care­fully. We’re […]

Bag yourself some potatoes

Bag yourself some potatoes

You love baby new pota­toes with but­ter and mint, or hanker after some wedges with gar­lic may­on­naise, or yearn for a big pile of mash to serve with your bangers. Whatever your potato fantasy, they’ll taste even bet­ter and fresh­er if they’re the res­ult of your own endeav­ours. If you thought you couldn’t grow your […]

Concentrated cultivation

Concentrated cultivation

Some of us are short of space for grow­ing things to eat. We might just have a bal­cony or a small court­yard garden. Per­haps there’s only a small part of our garden that is sheltered from the wind or gets enough sun to allow crops to grow well. Even if we’ve got a large section, […]

Ten tried and tested truths for edible gardeners

Ten tried and tested truths for edible gardeners

Wherever I am in the world, I love vis­it­ing edible gar­dens. Garden­ers are con­stantly doing inspir­ing, innov­at­ive and inter­est­ing things. If I dis­cov­er only one meth­od to adopt or a single vari­ety to grow, then it’s worth the trip. There are also sur­pris­ing sim­il­ar­it­ies between many gar­dens. Tech­niques and tra­di­tions that work are shared and […]

The seaweed solution

The seaweed solution

Sea­weed is the sea’s gift to our edible garden. After a big storm the beaches are laden with detrit­us — a won­der­ful mix of sea­weed, sand, sticks and the odd sand hop­per. A stroll by the sea on a blustery day col­lect­ing sea­weed in a sack might be just the ton­ic you and your garden […]

Cabbages are cool

Cabbages are cool

I’ve only just come to appre­ci­ate why my school art teach­er was often sli­cing cab­bages open and encour­aging us to repro­duce the intric­ate doodles inside. On the out­side they can be pointy or round, crinkly or smooth, red or green. I’d grow them for their archi­tec­tur­al beauty alone, par­tic­u­larly in winter when there’s space in […]

Bold as Beetroot

Bold as Beetroot

Beet­root doesn’t have to come pickled from a can, and the beau­ti­ful roots need be neither red nor round. In Wel­ling­ton we can grow them most of the year and har­vest them for their leaves, mini ‘gour­met’ globes for roast­ing and pick­ling whole, or robust full-sized roots. They are packed with phytonu­tri­ents, are col­our­ful on […]

Top ten practical gifts for gardeners

Top ten practical gifts for gardeners

What all Wel­ling­ton garden­ers want for Christ­mas is warm sun­shine, overnight showers and gentle breezes. But if you can’t influ­ence any of those for your beloved garden­er, you might want to try some of these more prac­tic­al gifts for size. Some will fit in a stock­ing, oth­ers under the tree. While you’re think­ing about a […]

Watering wisely

Watering wisely

Like humans, plants wilt and even­tu­ally die without water. They’re amaz­ingly adap­ted to a vari­ety of mois­ture levels, but we demand so much of our edible garden that it’s not sur­pris­ing we have to inter­vene and irrig­ate if we want a bump­er crop. More isn’t always bet­ter, though, and enough is often less than we […]

Gourmet gardening

Gourmet gardening

Gour­met garden­ing   Even the finest forests of the world start from only a few seeds. Your edible garden can be the same. Octo­ber is the best time to sow seeds out­doors for sum­mer veget­able crops. Almost any­thing sown at this time of year will be a suc­cess. It’s warm enough to give them a […]