Growing Microgreens

Growing Microgreens

Autumn Gardening, Blog, Fruit & Vegetables, Uncategorized

Microgreens As always at this time of year I have started off my micro greens. Although most of my garden is looking good, the summer lettuces are about to finish and my aromatic herbs, basil and coriander, are dying off. Hopefully with the garden centres about to open again I can fix the lettuce problem … Read More

Monthly Tips & Tasks – May

Monthly Tips & Tasks – May

All About Gardening, Autumn Gardening, Fruit & Vegetables, Monthly Tips & Tasks, News & Events, This Month in the Garden

May is the month that we see the days getting much shorter and cooler so we need to get the gardens ready for the coming winter.

There is not much to do in the way of seed sowing and seedling transplanting but we can plant trees and shrubs so that they can make new roots and get established before the colder wetter ground of the late winter. Once the leaves have finished falling we can think about pruning fruit trees and getting the sprays on for pest and disease control in the coming growing season.

The last of the spring bulbs should now be planted; be careful to mark were they are so that you do not damage them when weeding near the time that they will be emerging. read more

Fruit & Vege Deliveries

Fruit & Vege Deliveries

Blog, Fruit & Vegetables, News & Events

Home deliveries There are still a few options for getting your fruit and vegetables delivered in Christchurch – without the wait times of the big supermarket chains. We’ve come across a few that might appeal to our members. If you hear of any, or would like to share your experiences do let us know so … Read More

Monthly Tips & Tasks – April

Monthly Tips & Tasks – April

Autumn Gardening, Fruit & Vegetables, Lawns, Monthly Tips & Tasks, Plant Forum, The Flower Garden

The corona virus has made much of what we do very uncertain in our every day lives but our gardens go on following the change of season into Autumn unaffected by this pandemic. This may be a good opportunity to spend more time in our gardens and catch up with projects we have wanted to do but other activities have not allowed us the time. Autumn is a busy time in the garden as harvesting fruit and Summer vegetables will be finished by the end of the month and preparations from the Winter must be well under way.

Fruit & Vegetable Circle Meeting update February 2020

Fruit & Vegetable Circle Meeting update February 2020

Blog, Fruit & Vegetables

Fruit & Vegetable Circle Meeting February 2020 We walked over to the Curator’s Garden, taking advantage of the daylight still available at this time of year. There was plenty to see, from the heavily laden espaliered pear trees to the well-covered brassicas and planter made from stacked tyres, used to grow Kumura. Other treasures noted … Read More

Monthly Tips & Tasks – March

Monthly Tips & Tasks – March

Autumn Gardening, Fruit & Vegetables, Lawns, Monthly Tips & Tasks, The Flower Garden, Uncategorized

As I write this we are still experiencing changeable Spring weather, but in spite of this there has been plenty of good plant growth. Although we have had some rain it has been intermittent and the warmer temperatures have meant that some watering is still required. The planting of Summer vegetables and bedding plants should be completed by Christmas to give the plants time to grow to maturity. read more…

Monthly Tips & Tasks – February

Monthly Tips & Tasks – February

All About Gardening, Fruit & Vegetables, Lawns, Monthly Tips & Tasks, Summer Gardening

As I write this we are still experiencing changeable Spring weather, but in spite of this there has been plenty of good plant growth. Although we have had some rain it has been intermittent and the warmer temperatures have meant that some watering is still required. The planting of Summer vegetables and bedding plants should be completed by Christmas to give the plants time to grow to maturity. read more…

Monthly Tips & Tasks – December

Monthly Tips & Tasks – December

All About Gardening, Fruit & Vegetables, Homepage, Lawns, Monthly Tips & Tasks, Summer Gardening, This Month in the Garden

As I write this we are still experiencing changeable Spring weather, but in spite of this there has been plenty of good plant growth. Although we have had some rain it has been intermittent and the warmer temperatures have meant that some watering is still required. The planting of Summer vegetables and bedding plants should be completed by Christmas to give the plants time to grow to maturity. read more…

Monthly Tips & Tasks – November

Monthly Tips & Tasks – November

Fruit & Vegetables, Monthly Tips & Tasks, Spring Gardening

The very changeable Spring weather of the last month will hopefully change to the more settled warmer weather that we expect this month. We are now in the month which we do most of our planting and sowing. In the vegetable garden it is time to plant and sowing of all the warmer loving plants. Many of the earlier planted crops will begin to grow faster and be ready for harvesting. Weeding and watering will be needed as the temperatures increase and the days are longer. Fruit trees will be getting to end of their flowering so the time for treatment for codling moth, caterpillars and aphids will be here. Soft fruits will be starting ripen so will need to be covered to protect them from the birds.