Here’s a week-long experiment, stepping WAY outside my normal mode of writing…
You can probably tell that I’m addicted to composting — who else would design a business around compost coaching?
Something I don’t talk about all that much is a secondary area of fascination: Human Design. I’ve just finished my first year of Professional Training (PTL1 complete — yeeha!) …
This year ICAW is May 2–8, a chance for composters all over the world to speak up freely about their work.
I asked my audience to share their ideas for the future role of composting, and to write it in a ‘future as now’ statement.
Do you have ideas you’d like to add?
I’m thinking of future as 5–10 years from now, because it’s close enough that we could get to work right now. …
I LOVE the look of bricks in a garden. And the funny thing is that they don’t even have to be perfectly straight, there’s something so very grounding about the colour, and the space of ‘no plants’ between the garden beds and the grassy/mulchy pathways.
Then they can also be edging for a garden bed that’s just a little bit raised, a cow pat pit for making Biodynamic CPP preparation.
The truly adventurous DIY person could make a Pizza oven.
Do you look around your garden and see the remnants of summer now becoming a little unsightly, with weeds growing faster than plants?
It could just well be time to put all that green matter into a hot compost pile to cook through the winter, so that you have beautiful soil to use in spring/summer.
For me, there are a few reasons:
For the gardener each season has highlights, and winter is no different. In Auckland the winter is so mild that we can fortunately grow a lot of vegetables, and don’t have to spend the autumn pickling and preserving. One year of Siberian winter was enough for me, that’s for sure!
Here are some steps written for the beginner gardener, which include how to build a low cost, no dig garden bed (this blog was originally written in May 2020 when many businesses were trading under restrictions with contactless service — it was so tricky to shop as normal, but we…
The time has come — I need to restore this patch of paradise in Titirangi to the way it was when I moved in way back in 2010. That seems like a lifetime ago!
Back then it was a blank canvas of flat, sunny grass, which took SUCH a long time to mow each week. Flat & sunny is somewhat incongruous with Titirangi, and this quality alone will make the section very appealing to developers.
I’d love to hear where you are on the journey, and if you are interested in taking the next steps towards even better compost.
The Biodynamic Cow Pat Pit Preparation
I’m interested in exploring biodynamics in my gardening, where should I begin?
-from a Blue Borage Instagram follower
I think depending on who you ask, you could get dozens of answers to this question.
I have a handful of responses, depending on the kind of person I’m talking to, if I’ve seen their garden and had a chance to feel for myself what I would do next. It’s a tricky question to answer, as I feel like people sometimes want to simplify a way of life that is incredibly deep and complex.
Summer is coming to an end and here in Auckland we are limited with our water — please attach a trigger nozzle to your garden hose so that you don’t waste a single drop.
I’m getting asked this question: “What’s the priority in the garden right now?”
My tips are primarily to protect the soil — it sounds counterintuitive, but I’m advising to leave the weeds in place until you have good strong plants to replace them.
What can you use as mulch? Have you got nicely aged leaves you can use to protect your soil? I’ve been putting some…
As a biodynamic gardener, I’ve been buying moon calendars for a decade now. To start with, it was out of curiosity — the description of all the planetary movements was fascinating, and I wanted to align my planting with a larger ecosystem than what was immediately visible to me.
It’s a nice idea, but in real life I found it challenging. I would hold off on making compost or planting seeds, only to reach the ‘perfect’ time and find the weather suddenly turned bad: nobody wants to make compost in a thunderstorm, right?
I attended a gardening workshop where I…