The 6 steps you need for transplanting seedlings
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by Neave Saris
6M ago
Keep your plants alive when transplanting your edible and flower seedlings into the garden. Come Spring, we are running around the place frantically getting the garden prepped for the upcoming Summer. So while you are raking up soggy leaves, plucking out deceased plants, and sowing all the seeds you can get your hands on, keep this guide handy. The time for transplanting your seedlings outside will come sooner than you think. And you want a garden full of survivors... Don't you? For more handy guides and fun gardening chatter, sign-up to the weekly newsletter ..read more
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Growing from seed and succeeding
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by Neave Saris
6M ago
How to get the best results when growing from seed. It's easier than you think! Seeds, seeds, and more seeds. There are so many options. Like a kid in a candy store, you want every single one. Or is that just me? But remember quality trumps quantity, every time! Quality Seeds Research and buy seeds from well-known and reputable seed suppliers, such as established seed companies, nurseries, or garden centres. They often have a history of providing reliable seeds. But do remember, sometimes what grows in other people’s gardens won’t grow in yours! So it’s worth starting with a few and seeing ho ..read more
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The Gardener's Dilemma
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by Neave Saris
6M ago
When to act & when to observe Gardening is a really lovely way to spend time. For some people. Where some people see the early buds on trees and can imagine the pretty blossom that’s yet to come. Others see a stick. True story. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely moments where you want to give up, you're tired, your BONES are sore and the aphids are slowly taking over five plants at a time. However, like any art form, it requires a delicate balance between letting nature take its course and giving it your all. So, let’s explore the art of gardening. If you let it be, will it grow? Yes ..read more
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5 things you should know when growing from seed
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by Neave Saris
7M ago
Have all the gear but no idea? What about no gear and no idea? Well, hey it's actually not as hard as you might think... Grab some seeds, pot/tray, dirt (ideally potting mix) and let's get started! #1 Plant more seeds than you will need. Yes, it may seem a little excessive. But to make sure you actually germinate* something, toss a few extra in the mix. Not all of your seeds will take and if they do? You have the power to choose! Or just plant them all. Nice and close together because you completely overestimated how big your garden is. You do get a bonus - less weeds. Remember, some seeds tak ..read more
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September 2023 Flower Planting Guide
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by Neave Saris
7M ago
So keen to get some fresh and bright colour into my garden, to see my tulips, daffodils (if they haven't already), and dahlias shine. I have a handful of Christmas lilies, my salvia bring the bees and my annuals, which only last that season, are wild and carefree. If you were after the edible garden planting plan for September, head over here. Check out what pretty flowers will be flourishing in my city garden this Summer, All of the plants listed above, I will be sowing from seed. Most if not all will be done in seed trays on my covered/protected patio before hardening off fully outside. Thos ..read more
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September 2023 Vegetable Planting Guide
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by Neave Saris
7M ago
Hello Spring, we are ready for you - please don't bring the usual Wellington wind, rain & full-blown storms, they are most unwelcome... Let's take a minute to appreciate this has to be one of the biggest planting months of the year, which means I have split up vegetables & flowers into two different posts. This way if you are only interested in what I'll be planting in my flower bed this year, you can head straight over here. For vegetable gardening in NZ, look no further: All of the plants listed above, I will be sowing from seed. Most if not all will be done in seed trays on my cover ..read more
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Growing herbs
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by Neave Saris
7M ago
Growing your own herbs is not only a rewarding and cost-effective way to add more flavour to your dishes, but it also brings a touch of fragrance to your garden or windowsill. Top herbs growing in my garden These are the herbs that I have currently growing in my garden. The ones I use the most in my cooking or tea are planted more frequently and in multiple spots, others are planted in just one place, by my backdoor - closest to the kitchen. ⛅Parsley - great for the classic egg sandwich and just about everything else... ☀️Thyme - soups, stews, roasts, even baking! ⛅Rosemary - flavourful roast ..read more
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August 2023 Planting Guide
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by Neave Saris
7M ago
I cannot wait for summer, it truly is my season. Catch me in any sunny spot, outside or indoors - I am akin to a lizard. Therefore, I am doing all the necessary prep before Spring launches in full gear and Summer follows quickly behind (like it usually does!). Here is my August planting calendar! All of the plants listed above, I will be sowing from seed. Most if not all will be done in seed trays on my covered/protected patio before hardening off fully outside. Some of the seeds, like lettuce & raddish will be continually sown throughout Spring-Summer, so prepare for these to be frequent ..read more
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Gardening with a view
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by Neave Saris
7M ago
If you haven't yet read the beginning of my gardening journey - how I became a little garden obsessed check out my post, 'Thriving Amidst Concrete'. Part-two of my gardening journey begins in when we moved to the hilly suburb by the Botanic Gardens (take a guess). Still pretty close to the city, only a 5 minute car ride to the centre, but situated on the side of a hill with almost no flat land or really that much space... gardening took on a whole new meaning. We adapted pretty quick. I packed up my, now rather large, collection of pots and my three-tiered planter and settled them into their n ..read more
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Thriving Amidst Concrete
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by Neave Saris
7M ago
Starting my inner-city gardening journey in Wellington Welcome to my gardening blog, where lush greenery defies the constraints of urban landscapes. Let's begin the journey where I began. A flat on The Terrace in the heart of our capital city. My Flat on The Terrace I loved living a 5 minute walk (up or down a hill, it is Wellington after all...) away from everything I could possible need - university, my retail jobs, supermarket, bars, and cafes. Every Sunday morning we would walk to the fresh veg and fruit market to pick up our produce for the week. We used to take a $20 note and this would ..read more
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