Spring: November In The Garden – Chasing Crusoe.

Spring – November

North Island New Zealand

Temperate With Frosts

The last month of Spring already! By now the soils are warming and the sun is most definitely shining. Lots of windy days and still a few cool nights to be wary of with new seedlings.

To plant this month…

Basil, beans, beetroot, capsicum, carrots, chilies, citrus trees (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, tangelo), corinader, corn, kumara, lettuce, parsley, potatoes, radishes, silverbeet, spinach…

My top 5 in the garden for September are… Continue reading “Spring: November In The Garden – Chasing Crusoe.”

Spring: October In The Garden – Chasing Crusoe.

Spring – October

North Island New Zealand

Temperate With Frosts

Second month of Spring already! By now the soils are warming and the sun is most definitely shining. Lots of windy days and still a few cool nights.

To plant this month…

Basil, beetroot, capsicum, carrots, citrus trees (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, tangelo), corinader, corn, lettuce, parsley, peas, potatoes, radishes, silverbeet, spinach…

My top 5 in the garden for September are…

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Lime Salted Kale & Parsley Chips – Chasing Crusoe.

Ingredients.

Juice of 1/2 a small lime

A handful of kale (any variety)

A handful of parsley

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or alternative good quality oil of your choice)

Salt (I use Mrs Roger’s Fine Sea Salt, but any alternative of your choice is fine)

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Spring: September In The Garden – Chasing Crusoe.

Spring – September

North Island New Zealand

Temperate With Frosts

First month of Spring! Probably thee most anticipated time of the year for gardeners. A time when all your dreaming and planning can come to fruition now that the soils are warming & the sun is shining.

This year my gardening areas have grown with the addition of another big garden bed and a greenhouse that we have saved for, for a long time.

I had fun planning my gardens. Not only to be sure that everything could be fitted in, but with consideration of 6 factors: companion planting, rotating, spacing, shade of other plants, sun and wind. Read more about it here.

To plant this month…

Beetroot, blueberries, broccoli, citrus trees (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, tangelo), feijoa trees, lettuce, parsley, peas, potatoes, radishes, silverbeet, spinach…

My top 5 in the garden for September are…

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Winter: August In The Garden – Chasing Crusoe.

 August – Winter

North Island, New Zealand

Temperate with Frosts

The last month of winter! We are well into the month of crisp mornings, sunny beautiful days and then frosts at night that so readily catch us out. The frosts always leave me uneasy and I wonder how my garden will cope. So far, so good!

This month there is plenty to do in the garden as we look towards spring and planning the spring/summer garden. There is still lots of options for planting in August though to ensure you have a steady supply of in-season fruits and vegetables…

To plant this month:

Beetroot, blueberries, deciduous fruit trees (apple etc), lettuce, onions, pak choy/bok choi, parsley, peas, strawberries, silver beet, spinach…

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Avocado – Chasing Crusoe.

A guide to the ripening process & getting the most out of your avocado+ some faq’s…

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Avocados are classed as a super food – packed with over 20 vitamin and mineral nutrients, it’s easy to understand why.

They are full of monounsaturated fatty acids (the healthy type of fat) as well as being high in fibre.

Avocados are delicious, filling and enjoyed au naturale through to in en trend recipes such as avocado cheesecake and avocado mousse.

But avocados also have a reputation for being hard to manage…thankfully it really isn’t that complicated with a little background knowledge…here I address some faq’s… Continue reading “Getting The Most Out Of Your Avocado – Chasing Crusoe.”

Parsley & Spinach Aioli – Chasing Crusoe.

Parsley and spinach are garden staples. They are versatile as they can be used raw in salads as well as in many different dishes.

They are also low maintenance & easy to grow – pop them in a garden or pot and get ready for harvesting – it’s that simple! Winter is a great time of year to pop both of these in the garden.

Parsley and spinach make great additions to delicious homemade aioli… Continue reading “Parsley & Spinach Aioli – Chasing Crusoe.”