Best Vegetables To Grow For Maximum Nutrition

June is a good time to plant deciduous fruit trees and winter vegetables, my favourites are beetroot, kale, silverbeet, cauliflower and broccoli. It’s also a very good time to plant garlic; traditionally garlic is planted on the shortest day and is then harvested on the longest day in December. This list has been adapted from Wendyl’s book Recipes For A Cleaner Life. Here’s the sixteen most nutritious vegetables you can grow, in no particular order. Broccoli …

 

 

DIY Essential Oil Wasp Repellent

Even though the weather is getting cooler there are still a lot of wasps and hornets all around our garden, I was hoping they’d die off by now but with the weather being warmer than usual that’s not happening. They’re everywhere, including inside. One of our customers came into the store last week and mentioned that wasps strongly dislike peppermint essential oil which reminded me of a recipe I saw in an old magazine for a …

 

 

White Butterfly Caterpillar Repellent

Are you sick of pesky white butterfly caterpillars munching away on your cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale leaves? Try using this totally organic, inexpensive and very clever method to get rid of them. I had never heard of it before, but it’s very easy – all you need is a few large lettuce leaves! White Butterfly Caterpillar Repellent For this you’ll need some lettuce, take off a five to six good sized outer leaves and …

 

 

In-ground Pet Poo Compost Bin

Last week I mentioned that we now have compostable poo bags available; these have had a great response with the first lot selling out in a few days, I also mentioned that they can go in the rubbish, which on further investigation is not a good idea as they’ll take many years to break down and need specific requirements to do so. Composting them is by far the best way to dispose of the bags …

 

 

DIY Garden Bug Spray Concentrate

One of my absolute favourite groups on Facebook is the NZ Vege Gardeners page. There are so many innovative gardening ideas, fantastic recipes, advice, tips, pictures of homegrown crops and awesome Kiwi gardens, and every time I have a look it brings a big smile to my face. Some time ago there was a recipe for a natural bug spray for the garden; I’d seen this recipe before in an old gardening magazine but forgot …