SARAH THE GARDENER

Archives


I tried to make marshmallow – the old school way.

This is another of those weird and wonderful things that find their way into my odds and sods bed.  I spotted the seeds in a catalogue last winter.  It seems like such a long time ago now, but I remember…

Read More

The tomatoes were the star of the show

Tonight’s meal was another fabulous offering, straight from the garden, but created especially for the seasonal delicacies by the lovely Warren Elwin for Bite magazine in the New Zealand Herald and inspired by what is going on in my garden. …

Read More

Reaping what has been sown.

My recent article in Bite, the fabulous foodie section of the NZ Herald came with a wonderful accompaniment, a collection of recipes to complement what is being harvested in my garden.  Each one was a mouth-watering wonder and it only made…

Read More

Seeds of a new season

I am slowly coming to terms with it being autumn.   I don’t really mind it so much as a season, but the thing that does bother me about it most is the year is whizzing by so fast.  Days…

Read More

Chickpeas:  Is that it?

In the heady days of spring when the seed trays yawn open wide, demanding to be filled, I try ever so hard to stick to my plan.  There is only limited space in the garden and so I need to…

Read More

How exactly do you define ‘Local’?

For the entire month of April we will be in a challenge to only eat local food, organised by the good people at Happyzine. The boundary set for local is 200km from your house.  Which is actually quite generous considering…

Read More

How to make Mustard for your Hot Dog.

In the garden I have been doing a lot with mustard.  It makes a fabulous cover crop at the end of the season.  My mustard seed pack claims to “aid in the natural control of wireworm, nematodes, etc which are…

Read More

We’re going local

Oh my goodness what have I done?  I have just agreed to drag my poor long suffering family through yet another mad capped project. But its ok it’s for a competition.  No actually that doesn’t make things any better.  Let’s…

Read More

Food Festival Fabulous

The sun shone on an awesome day this weekend.  I bounced out of bed apprehensive and excited at the same time.  I was off to the first ever Taste Franklin Food festival, showcasing all that was fabulous about our region. …

Read More

How to extract the sweetness from stevia.

I have a couple of plants in my garden whose location must remain a secret.  Every year I have to plant them in a different secret place.  If I don’t I will find kids in the garden standing there eating…

Read More