SARAH THE GARDENER

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The best time to plant a tree is now.

Arbor Day is a long held tradition in this country.  People have been planting trees to mark the occasion since 1890!  There was even a time when people were given the day off school and work to go off and…

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It’s time to call it quits

I feel like I’ve been flogging a dead horse for the last few months and this morning’s heavy frost was the final straw. We are 10 days out from winter so I’m just kidding myself.  The peppers weren’t going to…

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Five photo Friday

Things have been so slow in the garden this week.  Mostly because it has been raining.  I am determined not to complain or bleat about this state of weather so I have gone out into the garden today and found…

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Sweet As

As we say here in New Zealand everything is Sweet As, which means its pretty good.  Earlier this week I made a video and the garden was in such a lovely place – the grass was low, the weeds were…

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Not again!

Cyclone Donna.  There are no words…. It started raining spits and spots at lunch time yesterday – about 20 hours ago. It isn’t expected to stop until 6pm tonight – so about 8 more hours to go. It could be…

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Only three weeks until winter

Normally at the this time of year there is a reluctance to except the winters arrival.  With every drop in temperature I moan and complain.  As the nights draw in, long gone are the leisurely evening antics in the garden…

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Good morning Mrs May

The new month certainly isn’t afraid to make its mark on the first day.  May is the last autumn month before the winter and on the whole autumn is normally thought of as that kindly season that eases us gently…

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Blast from the Past: I’m supposed to be doing other things.

It would seem I’m always doing other thing these days, although I can honestly say the weather is what is keeping me from the garden at the moment.  The rain has been horrendous.  Not of epic flood proportions but it…

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Quince Jelly, Quince Vinegar & Pickled Quince

With all the dramas going along lately some things have been a little neglected.  Out of the office window I can barely make out the orchard, but the bright yellow quince adorning the tree have stood out for a while…

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Safety First.

Over the weekend I found myself sitting in a crumpled heap in a wheelchair in our medical centre’s after hours emergency clinic fearing the worst but not even wanting to formulate the words as thoughts, let alone share them out…

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