NB: This is a sponsored post with the good people from GARDENA NZ, who have generously made this project possible. Over the winter I have had a few side hustles going on beyond the realm of my garden that have occupied huge swathes of my time. This has left me with very little to say about my garden. Aside from ticking over with the restoration … Continue reading An Irrigation Intervention
(A paid post with the good people from GARDENA NZ) The thing I love about the garden is there is always something new to do or discover. But the knock on effect of this is there are some things that were once new to you that you just wouldn’t be without. And one of those things is irrigation. The garden is big and to water … Continue reading Sorting out the watering
This is always a bit of a grey area as to when the new season starts and the previous one ends. It makes sense to think that when harvesting stops from plants planted in the spring is a logical end, however I still have zucchini flowering and producing edible morsels– albeit slowly and the brassicas are still going with the side shoots like gangbusters providing … Continue reading When does the new season start?
After the drama of the Great Water Escape over Christmas when we lost over 30,000 litres overnight thanks to a tap fiddler, I’ve made a few changes. The leak wasn’t intentional as the tap didn’t immediately gush with water and needed the pump by the tank to activate before flowing so it was impossible to know if it was on or off. There was no … Continue reading Waterwise
With the summer holidays fast approaching the lawn becomes more than the grassy area between the house and the garden. Being the only flat area of land we actually have, it is quite useful. It started out flat and grassy before the house. And to be honest it stayed that way until I created the garden. I needed to remove a good layer of earth … Continue reading Spreading the love
You may or may not remember late last year I bought some fruit trees…. >Read about it here< Umm… yeah…. Well… I killed them, all of them. Well the olive still has leaves, but it might as well be dead by the look of it! It isn’t completely unexpected, as I ended the tree purchasing post with the words: “I do feel a little sorry … Continue reading I have a confession to make
As we are only a year and a bit into this new property beside the coast, there are no trees. It didn’t come with trees and I haven’t quite got to the point of planting some – well not quite, but that is a shameful story for another day! Besides, if I had planted any since moving here, they certainly wouldn’t be big enough to … Continue reading Raking in the Gold
Having a nice lawn around here is kind of a big deal. If anyone has ever built or relocated a house will agree that the lawn is the least of tradesmen’s worries. When we first got the site, it had been grazed by cows and so aside from a few cowpats about the place, which I rejoiced at the sight of – free fertiliser yay! … Continue reading Lawn love in difficult times
Of all the garden tools at my disposal the one that works the hardest is the hose. It is the font of all hydration that is not heaven sent. Actually, all the water here is heaven sent, but the hose delivers the water that was captured upon the roof and then saved for… I was going to say ‘saved for a rainy day’ but while … Continue reading An Ode to the humble hose.
Since we moved here back in January there was an important member of the family who came with us. However we weren’t able to bring all of his bits and pieces with us and had to leave them behind. We are pleased to see they didn’t go to waste and the lovely new people who bought our house soon made the most of them by … Continue reading Nev’s back