SARAH THE GARDENER

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Yams – Yay or Nay?

It was with great expectation I approached my Yam bed, also known as Oca.  As far as I was concerned, I’d done all the right things, I’d fed and watered with a frequency that could be described as regular.  I…

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South Pacific Interlude

Mid winter is a fabulous time for a gardener to take a break and to be honest I really felt like I needed one after a long slog in a not so desirable growing season.  So the family and I…

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Things you don’t want to find in your greenhouse

The weather has been lousy.  The rain has been torrential, but in a sneaky way.  It rains solidly all night and apart from the moments it is so intense it rattles the roof and windows, I’m mostly unaware as I…

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This is such a weird time of year

 The in between season.  I’ve still got things in the growing in the garden.  But not a lot and they are close to being labelled ‘past it.’  But they are still there needing to be eaten.  There isn’t much that…

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Keeping it clean

I tried to go out into the garden today, but it was just too gloomy, the ground was way too soggy after we received another dumping of rain overnight.  This was most annoying as the ground had almost dried out…

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It’s cold outside

Oh my goodness, winter has finally stood up and said loudly and proudly:  I am here!  Last week we had so much rain it broke records for the most rain in an hour for the month of June. The thing…

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It’s a bit chilly

This has been the coldest winter that I can remember.  I am trying really hard not to complain, because it could be worse.  It could be raining and miserable.  We have had about 5 frosts in a row.  This is…

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I thought it was going to snow.

Oh my gosh it was so cold!  The temperature plummeted this afternoon to 8.5°C.  While that may not be cold by most folks standards, it is for us!  Areas barely south of us (well areas at least 160km south east…

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Asparagus tips and raspberry posts

Time is against me.  I have to pack all of July’s gardening chores into two weeks.  And there is a surprising amount to do when you aren’t ambling your way through the month, dodging raindrops.  When you are up against…

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Planting out the Gunny Sack Garden

After what seemed like forever, the NZ Spinach was finally big enough to go out into the big wide world.   Just drop a few degrees – well halve the temperate and reduce the intensity of the sun and shorten the…

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