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 …

 

 

Get Out Of My Garden Pesky Pukeko

I’ve always loved our native Pukeko (until recently) with the vibrant colours, the cute little white bum, and distinctive call. They stick together as a family and baby Pukeko are super cute; we’ve all seen the Genesis advert with the two adult Pukeko painting a road crossing for their lovely little baby. So adorable right? But then they grow up, band together, and wreak havoc! I ordered a whole bunch of seedlings from the lovely people at …

 

seedling in soil

 

Nows A Good Time To Plant, September

It felt so good to finally get into the garden last weekend, the planter boxes are now packed full of veges, herbs and flowers thanks to Awapuni Nurseries’s fantastic online seedling delivery service, and thanks to my Mum, Glenis for helping to get everything in the ground in one afternoon, she’s always had green fingers and is a whizz in the garden, I love spending time with her pottering around and getting our hands dirty …

 

green leafy plants in garden bed

 

Spring Gardening

If your garden is anything like mine after winter, there’s a fair bit of work to do. This year my broccoli and cabbage were not a great success, so I’m thinking my soil needs quite a bit of help. Several years ago, I was fortunate enough to live across the road from well-known organic gardener and author, Dee Pignéguy, who put me onto using homemade seaweed fertilizer, which is brilliant for stronger, faster-growing plants that germinate …

 

walnuts on the tree

 

Time to get planting

I’ve spent the week up north making the most of some sunshine to clean up after the storm and plant out six camellias, dozens of pansies, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries and, in pride of place, an almond tree and a pomegranate. I’ve also sprayed my orchard to help the trees cope with an infestation of lichen and to get rid of any bugs. The poor trees have been rather neglected for some years so I’ve …