Layering: How to Make More Shrubs From What You’ve Got

There are a number of different ways you can propagate plants, but I've been doing some layering recently, so that's what I'm going to share about. Layering is basically when a plant forms roots on stems, distinct from the main root ball. You can do air layering: causing a stem up in the air to…

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The First Frost And First Steps

We had our first frost yesterday morning, just three days out from winter! And another one this morning. It has been a very pleasant Autumn. But I am glad to see frost and the beautiful sunny days that follow, for frost brings on proper dormancy for the fruit trees and reduction or death of some…

It’s a Bit Soggy Around Here

The rain arrived. It was raining allllllll week, or for more than a week, complete with some thunderstorms and hail. Some of us have been getting a little stir-crazy. However, today has been just beautiful and next week is looking promising too. I have been ducking out between showers to get a few bits and…

The Spring Crazies

The last few weeks have seen all sorts of things going on for us. I did some work for the elections, which was busy but fun and financially helpful. We went to Auckland one day to visit our youngest nephew, The Little Gingernut. We also walked in Cornwall Park and enjoyed watching and feeding the…