Philip Smith from O2 Landscapes designs a Te Mata Peak garden using a distinctive range of plants, including species found nowhere other than on the Peak itself.
The Fruit & Vegetable Garden Pull out spent tomatoes, bean vines and corn etc. Plant winter cabbages, caulis and other members of the Brassica family – it’s best to dig through Living Earth Compost to break up compacted soils and help retain moisture. Avoid high nitrogen fertilisers as they can encourage sappy, weak growth – [...]
Well gardeners, its mid February already and the last month of summer, not that it has seemed much like summer for most of us over the last couple of months, but that’s the weather for you. Now is time to look around your annual flowering plants in containers and gardens to see what is going [...]
You may have noticed the wide variety of pumpkin and squash on display at your local farmers market recently. These handsome autumn vegetables are versitle and delicious. We love them roasted and in soups, so why not try something a bit different? Thanks to www.foodlovers.co.nz for this tasty seasonal recipe. Pumpkin and Quinoa Cakes This [...]
Autumn is a great time for planting out gardens. Besides the planting of vegetables and flowering plants, there is also a wide range of shrubs and trees you can add to your garden.or different parts of the garden, depending on what you are planting. It is still a bit early for new seasons deciduous fruit, [...]
It is Easter Saturday as I write this column, (I normally always write them on a Saturday morning each week) and for the last 3 days I have not watered any of my gardens or container plants – including those in my glasshouse. This is not because we have had lots of rain, in fact [...]
This week it seems timely to celebrate autumn and plan planting schemes for the winter. The summer recedes, but autumn can be one of the most beautiful and colourful seasons and the autumn leaf colours last an unusually long time in New Zealand especially in the north where leaf fall is not speeded by frost [...]