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Urban Scavenge

I’ve been on a mighty urban scavenge to acquire goodies for the garden this weekend. Although it would be wonderful to be able to source all my gardening goodness from on site, we started with a mostly grassed section, so it is impossible to generate enough biomass to supply the organic matter requirements of the garden. In an urban environment it is often necessary to venture into zones 6, 7 and 8 to procure nutrients and materials not readily available to…

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I messed up – Wattle I do about it?

Fessing up to mistakes has got to be one of the toughest challenges in life. Worse still is the realisation that others might perceive you as imperfect. Yet when I started this blog I underwrote my purpose to be about talking about my successes AND my mistakes, so that others might learn. Today’s pill was hard to swallow, and writing about it is even harder, but here goes. There have been some kowhai trees that have self-seeded outside my living…

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Bulk Crop Bed Planning

Out front along the southern border of the section is a raised concrete garden beneath the neighbours hedge. When we did our first consultation and initial planning for the garden, it was suggested that this area could be used as a bulk crop bed for vegetables like potatoes and squash. This post talks about some thoughts in planning the bulk crop bed Considerations in Design Sunlight The south side of the garden at the front has a gentle slope down…

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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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