Category Archives: Gardening


Carole from Auckland writes, “I have had a worm farm for a number of years now – in an old Auckland Council recycling bin (and on this matter the Council should be ashamed of itself with wheelie bins discarded and abandoned on sites around Auckland City – I could name a few which could be […]

Worming around

We have received a great letter from Karen in Northland who has worms, well, we mean keeps worms, in her garden, to make compost and liquid fertiliser for the vege patch. Karen says it’s much better than putting kitchen scraps into the compost bin because the worms do the work and the by-product is much […]


With spring in the air it’s a good time to start seedlings for the garden. A reader has this suggestion for re-using egg cartons. “Fill with top soil and use to propagate seedlings. When the seedlings are ready to plant, cut the carton into portions. The cardboard will disintegrate and the plant will not suffer […]

Starting a garden

Spring is a good time to think about starting a garden so you can enjoy the harvest for Christmas. Here are some tips. An oily rag garden need not be any larger than six or seven metres square (it actually can be a lot smaller). It would have four or five garden beds bordered with […]

Peter, Hastings.

Those reusable fabric bags from the Warehouse and the like are just the thing for storing potatoes in. They let the air through which helps keep them fresher for longer.You can also fill a bag with a 50-50 mix of compost and peat moss and plant a couple of seed potatoes in them if you […]


I was pleased to find a slug and snail product in his local garden centre that is safe for pets and wildlife. I have never used a slug and snail bait because I have been worried about poisoning bird life, but now I can blitz the blighters worry-free.

The winter garden

To celebrate the passing of the shortest day, this week we head off into the garden. Mary has a little trick for winter gardening. “We have a number of raised garden beds. This is an ideal base to add a mini green house. We built one that was only about 500mm high with a sloping […]


I make raised gardens out of discarded pallets. There is a business not far from us that puts them outside their premises for people to have free. I dismember them and re-cut the timber to suit. The result is a raised garden about 800mm by 500mm by 300mm high. It takes about three pallets to […]