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.”

Week 4 Diary – ‘Plastic Free July’ – Chasing Crusoe.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, here is Part 4 of a 4 Part series in which our family makes some changes…

So July 2019 is upon us – ‘Plastic Free July’ – a worldwide movement initiated to help rally a cleaner, greener world by encouraging us to turn down single-use plastics for the entire month of July. This would hopefully encourage more of an awareness, from which these habits could be adopted for a lifetime.

Our family is focusing on 5 changes per week, for the 4 weeks of July.

If you missed Part 1-3 of this series you can catch up on changes 1-5 here, changes 6-10 here and changes 11-15 here.

We are now noticing that we have waaaay less rubbish heading to landfill since initiating a whole lot of changes – yay! We can still make improvements to help steer our family in a positive direction to have healthier consequences for our planet, but we have come a long way. The best part is that I don’t see us reverting back to any of our old ways – everything that we have started being more intentional about, is working well.

Here is what we have been working on during this 4th week of July…

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We eat plenty of citrus in our home, so I’m starting to make Citrus All-Purpose Cleaning Spray using this easy recipe from Hannah & Liam from The Rubbish Trip. You can find their recipe here. I use limes, but whatever citrus you eat or have access to will work.

In doing so, I don’t have to purchase any more cleaning products in plastic bottles and I can reuse the existing bottles that I do already have.

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Week 3 Diary – ‘Plastic Free July’ – Chasing Crusoe.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, here is Part 3 of a 4 Part series in which our family makes some changes…

So July 2019 is upon us – ‘Plastic Free July’ – a worldwide movement initiated to help rally a cleaner, greener world by encouraging us to turn down single-use plastics for the entire month of July. This would hopefully encourage more of an awareness, from which these habits could be adopted for a lifetime.

Our family is focusing on 5 changes per week, for the 4 weeks of July.

If you missed Part 1 of this series you can catch up on changes 1-5 here

If you missed Part 2 of this series you can catch up on changes 6-10 here

This past week I have continued to watch our rubbish bags to see what is going into them and taking note of any changes that we can make. We have come a long way, but we are still on a journey and we can still make improvements to help steer our family in a positive direction to have healthier consequences for our planet.

Here is what we have been working on during this 3rd week of July…

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This week I’ve added to my growing collection of homemade cloths – thanks Mum. xx

Aside from that I think I’m developing a slight obsession with gorgeous homemade cloths, in doing so, I won’t need to purchase any in plastic or cleaning wipes in plastic packaging either.

There are many talented local people with small businesses you could support, who make similar products. Miss Lily have 100% cotton ones that can be composted at the end of their life. Earthsavvy have cute crocheted ones that can also be composted. Have a look in your local area at markets or jump online and search – there are so many talented people trying to make a difference to our planet, to support.

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Week 2 Diary – ‘Plastic Free July’ – Chasing Crusoe.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, here is Part 2 of a 4 Part series in which our family makes some changes…

So July 2019 is upon us – ‘Plastic Free July’ – a worldwide movement initiated to help rally a cleaner, greener world by encouraging us to turn down single-use plastics for the entire month of July. This would hopefully encourage more of an awareness, from which these habits could be adopted for a lifetime.

Our family is focusing on 5 changes per week, for the next 4 weeks. If you missed Part 1 of this series you can catch up on changes 1-5 here

We are just a regular family seeking to be intentional with our decision making and trying to do the best we can, as we can. We have always tried to live life a little more simply, but in certain areas, we can make improvements and steer our family in a positive direction to have healthier consequences for our planet.

This past week I have continued to  watch our rubbish bags to see what is going into them and taking note of any changes that we can make.

Here is what we have been working on during this 2nd week of July…

Number 6.

I now purchase my cooking oil in my own glass jars, as opposed to in plastic bottles. I think I will be more conscious of how much I use at a time since as well. I have opted to use a jar and will need to spoon it out so I should use considerably less. Another easy switch to ditch the plastic!

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