Summer is, as yet, the fruit season for me. The orchard is a dream for the future; not a single apple this year, despite the good weather. I have been picking currants and raspberries however over the past couple of weeks. The original Ben Sarek black currants did pretty well, over 13 pounds in total. Not up to their usual quality however: quite a few split, and smaller than usual. It’s been a slightly odd year due to a relatively hot and dry early summer, and I think this affected the berries. Maybe the skins harde
Merriam Webster describes cold frames as “small wooden or metal frames covered with glass or plastic that are used for growing and protecting plants in cold weather.” That definition doesn’t take into account the inventiveness of gardeners, who often build such structures with bricks, cinderblocks, or even straw bales. They then top them with whatever transparent materials come to hand, including old windows, tempered glass shower doors, or greenhouse plastic tacked over old doorframes. Usually rectangular and lacking bottoms, cold frames can be set directly over plants in the ground. Their front sides gener…
A raised garden bed is so easy to build. There are many ways to build raised garden beds such as varying heights, lengths and widths. You can use any size of boards you desire. I wanted to use 2 x 8’s because they sit high enough off the ground for what I need.
The beds I decided to build for my garden are super simple and cheap! They aren’t very tall, but I ca….
Over the past three years we have been working to make Kaitiaki Farm more productive and resilient. While there are lots of examples of this work on the farm, this is a good case study on what regenerative agriculture can look like using a step-by-step example of transforming a north-facing slope from grazing to a mixed-use perennial and animal system while including native plantings and early childhood learning programmes.
This ‘Before’ picture looks down the hill….