As another calendar year draws to a close, the garden year is ramping up into full steam ahead! We have harvested our early garlics!!!!! Watch this space, they will be available in the New Year, and they look fab. We are still dashing about at the transplant hour to make sure all the little seedlings get in the ground! Will we ever be on schedule!? This year we have some amazing help, so if it were not for mine and Roddy’s over-zealous springtime planning, we might truly be on top of our game! But gardeners seem to have a rap for always wanting to plant more PLANTS!If you have a gardener in your family, consider giving the gift of seeds this year. And seed packets make great stocking stuffers too! Not sure what seeds to give, we’ve got you covered with Gift Vouchers, starting at $25.00, you can choose the amount that suits your budget. ð Best thing about print your own PDF Gift vouchers is you either don’t have to print it (save the trees) or you can save on shipping fees and time for those last-minute gifts.
As I sit here writing this to you all, I am hoping everyone has had a fantastic spring in the garden and hopefully most, if not all your crops are planted and watered and mulched and maybe even some things are at harvest stage! I know we have been enjoying the spring salads and garden peas and asparagus (hopefully in the range next season)! Not to mention making kimchi from our chi hi li cabbage and daikon radishes. Here is hoping they set seed beautifully so we can add this fantastic radish to our range next year!
But the real reason I decided to stop the gardening and hit the keyboard was to let you all know about an amazing Giveaway I have put together with some other amazing NZ based eco businesses for you this holiday season.
For all the permaculturists, gardeners, and planet loving folks out there, check out this Gift Basket we have crafted with you all in mind. See details below and how to enter to win. Best of luck to you all, and if you win it, you could give it away, but I bet you will want to keep it as there are so many goodies included ð
Just a quick note to let you all know our yams are ready for sale. We have been run off our feet with orders since our website launch for the season, which is great news! Thanks to you all for getting your seeds from us. This means we have not had time to pre-pack the yam orders. We have decided to list 30 orders to start and we will see how we go. We will be listing more as we sell them until we are sold out. So, if you come onto the website and the yams are sold out either check back in a day or two or shoot us an email and we will let you know if we have more available. Thanks for your patience as we work through all the seed orders at the same time.
We find these heritage yams to be richer in flavour and sweetness from the ones available in supermarkets. Our favourite for flavour is Henry’s Yellow yam, but our three colours together are a lovely mix of earthy sweetness! Our favourite way to prepare them is roasted until they are soft and the sugars have caramelised.
Spring is still around the corner, but in the nursery, it feels like it has well and truly arrived. Do not delay getting your crops underway. I am busy pricking out our first seed sowing at the moment. If you have not started yet, fear not, still plenty of time to get seed sowing for tones of things! See below for our recommendations on what to sow now:
As we have passed the Winter Solstice and the days are growing longer, we can start showing some of our earliest spring vegetables.We will be sowing shortly: