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Through the coldest depths of winter, into the gentle warmth of spring Pansies will provide a delightful display of colour that's bound to warm the cockles of your heart. And if you happen to get peckish when out and about in the garden, you can even have a quick munch on the flowers.
It's been unseasonably warm, yet winter (in all of it's mildly damp glory) is coming. But while the ground is still warm it's a great time to get perennials, shrubs and trees planted, as it gives them plenty of time to get settled in, well rooted, before next spring.
So to help you take advantage of the weather, and get your garden looking great for the bleak winter, here are 5 great shrubs to plant for winter colour.
8 Easy Steps to get your garden sorted this Autumn
Whether it's a total mess or just mildly out of sorts, here's a quick step by step guide to stop feeling overwhelmed and quickly get your garden spick and span.
Soil is the permeable boundary between life and death, between the Earth and the Sky. The soil beneath our feet isn't just the inert and static remains of the weathered away Earth; it's actually a vibrant and dynamic ecosystem full of minute particles of rock, water, humus, complex colonies of bacteria, webs of fungi, and a whole host of larger creatures such as worms.
It's feijoa season and they are in abundance! It's at this time of year where almost every staff room will have a bag of these juicy fruits place in the center of the table, or a visit to your aunty is not complete without leaving with a mountain of fruit sure to last you to the end of the month.
Check out this great recipe to make the most of the most of these delicious fruits.
Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, once remarked that It is difficult to be sat on all day, every day, by some other creature, without forming an opinion on them. On the other hand, it is perfectly possible to sit all day, every day, on top of another creature and not have the slightest thought about them whatsoever.
He was talking about a horse, but I'm sure that if soil was sentient, the same could be said about being stood on all day.
Before coming to these strange and distant shores I had never even heard of Feijoas. So when I first came it was with some trepidation that I tasted some of those slightly odd looking fruit. It didn't help that the person who introduced them gave a slightly exasperating description of what they tasted like. So much so that while I understood the words, I had very little clue as to what they were on about.
We're now more than a week into the year of the monkey, and we thought that before the lantern festival starts and before festivities end, that we should find out what plants we have that can help us enjoy a lucky year.
Passionfruit season is here! This delicious tangy fruit is not only a special sweet treat but also full of nutrients; vitamin C, vitamin A, iron and magnesium to name just a few. Passionfruit are yummy on their own but can also be used in baking and desserts. Our manager from King's Takanini cafe "Friend of the Farmer", John Palino, has a great recipe for making a Passionfruit fool.
Unknown till relatively recently Finger Limes have become increasingly popular as a gourmet bush food. However a cursory description of this prickly Australian fruit tree, with their fruit full of globular juicy vesicles, doesn't really do them justice. But perhaps the fact that they're often called the caviar of citrus gives a hint of their delightful flavour.