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Elderberry Harvest

I wrote this in Scotland a few years back. Since the elderberries are ripening I thought I’d share it now. The tree lined horizon of rust, amber and gold reflects the unseasonal warmth of October against a canvass of azure dappled white.┬áThe air is light, fragrant with leafy musk and as we climb the hill a formation of migrant geese draws our eyes toward the sky. My daughter stops amidst the fall of a large sycamore to collect leaves, her…

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Water Wise

Here are a few strategies to help you be water wise in the garden. Water Wisely Check soil for moisture Check the soil before you water. Lift up the mulch and feel for moisture. Do you even need to water? Over-watering encourages shallow root growth and weaker plants. If water is not available near the surface, the roots will grow deeper in search of it. Water at night Or even better, early in the morning before the sun is up.…

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Water Behaviours & Restrictions

I’m watching with interest people’s reactions to recent water restrictions in Wellington. We’ve had a surprisingly warm, dry spring and a ferociously hot summer (so far!) and the annual hose pipe ban was instigated very early in the season. What interests me is where people seem to be laying most of the blame. Not on the abnormally high temperatures, lack of spring rain and other extreme weather events if the last year. Nor at their own water behaviours. But rather…

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