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GARDENING NEWS


Growing Winter Veggies

While we sometimes moan about the wet weather, Auckland’s climate is perfect for growing veggies all year round. But to get the most out of your winter veggie garden, and to ensure you have a ready supply of delicious, fresh veggies, it’s important to start planting now! In fact, planting a month ago would have been better, but with a few tricks it's not too late to plant yourveggies now to harvest this winter!




Recipe: Lemon Tart

It's citrus season, and we'll soon be inundated with mountains of tasty lemons. Prepare to show off and enjoy deliciousness with this tasty, tangy treat.




Sweet peas – The Victorian Floral Sensation

Delightfully scented and coming in an array of gorgeous colours, Sweet Peas are yet another thing to thank Scotland for. As before Henry Eckford, a Scottish nurseryman, started breeding them they were generally considered a rather insignificant affair.




Herb of the Month: Fennel

This aromatic and flavourful member of the carrot family has been used for centuries the world over. However, it has often been under-utilised, as we fail take advantage of its glorious flavours.




A Quick Guide to Growing Garlic and Shallots

Without onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks, food would lose some of its lustre. Certainly it through me into disarray, as I'm not sure I'd know how to cook a savoury meal without using some sort of allium. And while some garlic is better than no garlic (except in desserts), few things will beat the taste of healthy, homegrown garlic, onions and shallots.




The Wonderful World of Worms

Often overlooked, these small slimy creatures are hugely important, playing a major role in helping improve our soils.




Strawberries

With winter fast approaching, strawberry planting is in the back of every gardener's mind! Growing strawberries is relatively easy. The plants themselves are incredibly hardy. But unless the plants are kept happy and healthy they are unlikely to be productive. So to make things easier, here are some useful tips on how to grow large, healthy and juicy strawberries.




April Fruit of the Month: Kiwiapples

Tasty, delicious and conveniently small. Whether you have a small space, want to grow in pots or would just like to keep the height down to make harvesting easier one of the trees in this range could be for you!




April Herb of the Month: Thyme

This delicious herb is widely used to create a host of culinary treats, and it also has an exciting past. Once associated with bravery, thyme was regularly carried into battle by Roman soldiers and then, later on, by medieval knights. In the medieval period it was also used as a supposed antidote to poison and even to ward off the plague.




Feijoa and Chocolate chip muffin

Makes 12 small or 6 large muffins As feijoas become plentiful, ensure they don’t go to waste by cooking some of these delicious, tasty muffin treats. They're best eaten still hot from the oven, helping warm you up as autumn fully descends.



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