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Your winter crop sorted - our tips

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On a cold winter's day nothing beats a hearty home-made soup packed with home-grown veges freshly picked from your garden. With winter just around the corner now is the time to get your vegatable garden ready for this next season. What to plantAlthough the elements may be harsher there are still a wide variety of vegetables that you can enjoy over winter including carrots, leeks, spinach, brussel sprouts, silverbeet, broad beans, parsley, broccoli, coriander, cabbage, cauliflower and peas.If you live in a relatively frost free zone you have a few more options including beetroot, celery, chives, spring onions and hardier...

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How to prep your vegetable garden for Spring 2019

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How to prep your vegetable garden for Spring 2019

 It's that time of year when the cooler weather has begun to take its toll and your vege garden is probably looking a tad tired, worn out and in need of some love.  A couple of brocolli plants and some spinach is holding on for dear life but apart from that its not looking its best. If you're anything like me you will be itching to give your garden a good spruce-up ready for spring. Here are a few things to consider:

 Spring cleanJust as you give your house a spring clean think about giving your garden a spring clean...

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Become a compost convert

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Become a compost convert

Before I started composting I cringed at the vast amount of food I threw out, not to mention the ant infested rubbish bin that constantly smelled. Although I was cynical about composting at first, my Mum is an avid composter from way back so I thought I should at least give it a go. I now boast an ant free rubbish bin, a clear conscience about food waste and an overflowing vege garden. I'm a proud compost convert. When I first started I thought it would be as easy as chucking in my food scraps and waiting for it to...

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Gardening- Good for the soul!

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In this fast paced and convenience obsessed world where supermarkets stock every type of produce (in or out of season!) why should we spend our precious time growing our own vegetables and tending to a garden? Ironically, the slow pace and gentle rhythm of gardening can be the perfect antidote to the daily stress of western life. Research has proven time and time again that gardening has a positive effect on our mental health*. Some would even say it's the cheapest form of therapy! I know for myself I am a better person after a few hours in the garden....

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What Vegetables to Plant in October

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What Vegetables to Plant in October

We are in the middle of spring and this is the time to get your vegetable garden cranking! There are a range of seeds and seedlings that can be planted to ensure you enjoy a bounty of vegetable crops over the summer. Labour weekend is the traditional time to plant tomatoes in New Zealand, and its great for planting cucumbers and capsicum in the northern parts of New Zealand (where its a bit warmer). Keeping seeds and seedlings well hydrated over the next few months is improtant to ensure they don't dry out.  Most of us enjoy salads over the...

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