It's darker getting up in the mornings and colder at night, but our gardens are flourishing.
After almost 50 days with no rain, it looks like we will get a decent soaking over the weekend... Just crossing our fingers that no paddocks will flood. They have a good amount of Biocharon them, so they have been resilient over the big dry.
It has been a very busy summer for us, so unfortunately our garden beds have been a bit neglected (apart from the kids plantings). However, our permaculture neighbour popped around and seemed impressed with the variety of beneficial weeds and flowers amongst our vege's, so that helped us to feel not so guilty.
We are now facing an abundance of apples so trying to think of creative ways to preserve these and plan to donate the rest to the local school for their camps.
Time also to look at winter crops, such a brassicas, and add some more perennial herbs to our food forest, along with blueberries (as our buttercup weeds, means our pH is ideal for these). No rest for the keen lifestyle gardening, found another project to do also... see down further in this newsletter.
Happy gardening, Monique, Warren & Co.
We often hear about some of our customers promoting our #PlantthePot and selling seedlings in our organic biodegradable Fertilpots. This a fantastic initiative helps to reduce the hundred of tonnes of plastic garden pots and trays that go into landfill each year.
So we thought we would give a shout out to promote these eco-conscious growers to those looking to buy their seasonal plants without plastic.
This month our favourite Facebook posting client is:
Based in Oakura, Taranaki they sell seedlings from their doorstep and also are setting up an online shop.
Check out their Facebook page for 'unique' videos, photo's and all their growing efforts and tips.
WOOL MATS & BLANKETS
In the next few months, tree planting season will be upon us....
Our mats and blanketsare NZ Made from recycled sheeps wool and are ideal for establishing young plants and trees.
Supresses weeds, regulates soil moisture and temperature, biodegradable.
10/Packs of Mats from $8
Blanket Rolls from $45
This season we saw our sales of Ecofelt Grow bags triple and we could not keep up with demand!
Our apologise for the out of stocks, but next week we have a new shipment coming in to replenish stock of ALL sizes and also a NEW large 200L (69x42cm) bag.
So we have a 'Yay there back' SPECIAL on the range of black bags so you can stock up.
All sizes 40% off RRP
Now from just $3.60
We have managed to get some end of season hoses at an awesome price...
We have personally had our expandable hoses for over two years and find them great to use around our property, as they do not kink, are flexible around our garden beds and easy to store. Durable and lightweight with an inner latex tube, they come with connectors and a 7-function spray head.
Available in 4 sizes and 3 colours (green, blue & orange)
8 meter (25ft) $10
15 meter (50ft) $15
22 meter (75ft) $20
30 meter (100ft) $25
Decorative Metal Flower Pots
This versatile 8 x 11cm pot with handle is perfect for putting your Fertilpot indoors into, give to the kids as a pencil holder, on your table with flowers, etc. RRP $9.99
OneFREE with every $50 spent*
*Order value excludes shipping. Colours vary. While stocks last, products may vary subject to availability.
* All specials are only while stocks last, valid until 31st March 2019
Our specially formulated and Biogro Organic certified product Deemwas launched just before Christmas and we have already sold over 400 bottles.
This amazingly versatile product has a unique and perfect blend of Diatomaceous Earth and Neem Seed oil extract - great for the home gardener with triple benefits as an insecticide, miticide and fungicide.
With an improved commercial spray head and refill bottles now available, we have also had requests for larger sizes so keep an eye out for these coming soon too.
Priced at $12
We are also proud to now be stockists of Fodda.
Made in New Zealand Fodda Soil Enhancerand Fodda General Fertiliser are blended from all natural ingredients. Fodda effectively enhances, invigorates and boosts soils for healthy plant growth - without chemical or artificial additives.
PLUS added charcoal to their blends - making them odour free!
Many years ago we built a lovely water feature in front of our house...
However, over the years with kingfishers eating my goldfish, kids, ducks, dogs, etc. this has become too difficult to maintain and become an overgrown mess. So I started to research what to do with the space, old pond and stones/pebbles that are already present.
This is how I came across information on Water Gardens. These gardens are becoming popular in residential areas to divert rainwater run-off into storm water systems. They usually involve re-directing the water from one, or more, of your down pipes through a low, highly drainage garden bed that you can plant with deep rooted water loving plants.
Benefits of a Rain Garden:
Uses rainfall for your plants rather than letting it run off the property.
Deeply rooted plants will help reduce erosion on a sloping property.
Acts as a filter for pollutants – fertilizers, herbicides and road salt.
Helps reduce impact on storm water management systems; keeping local waterways cleaner.
Provides moisture that supports life of all kinds – including butterflies, birds and pollinators. A rain garden also doesn’t offer a breeding site for mosquitoes.
A rain garden is lower maintenance than lawn and it helps reduce our water bills.
Basics for Creating a Rain Garden:
1. Choose a site by first seeing where rainwater from the roof typically flows. Ensure your chosen site is lower if possible and at least ten feet away from the house foundation to prevent basement moisture.
2. Dig a depression. A depth of four inches is sufficient, however 8-12 inches is even better as it will allow you to add organic matter and mulch to increase water retention of your soil. If your property is sloped, use the removed soil to build a berm.
3. Add a shallow channel from your downspout, lay filter cloth, then cover it with river rock which looks great and prevents erosion.
4. Choose plants that tolerate both wet feet and dry periods. Native plants are ideal for this garden as are shrubs and small trees. Here are a few of the native plants that like rain water and can stand a drought.
5. Place plants close together and Mulch well to limit evaporation of moisture from the soil and discourage weeds.