Archives for October 2011

Sweet Iris

Sweet iris Iris pallida, the source of orris root used in perfumery. Flowering for the first time in the gardens at LPL HQ. The rhizomes are harvested after three years and then dried for up to five years and give off the aroma of violets. Perfumes that smell powdery contain orris root. The preparation of […]

October Planting – What you can plant right now and when you can eat it

Wayback when I created a handy little chart of growing times for common food plants which proved quite popular. So let’s put it in immediate terms- What can you plant this Labour weekend and when will you be able to eat it? ~~A reminder that this is for a guide for temperate New Zealand.~~ Plant now for December harvest Leaf […]

Hard Labour Weekend Approaches

Prepare yourselves people! Hard Labour weekend is here. So named because traditionally it’s the time to work your butt off in the garden getting those vegetable beds full of deliciousness so you can kick back and relax with fresh homegrown produce this summer. This year’s attempts at horticultural excellence at LPL homebase may be stiffled […]

Peas Porridge Hot: Growing Your Own Baby Food

This morning gorgeously fat, juicy pea pods were growing up against the house. This afternoon they’re mush. It’s taken weeks to get her to eat anything but now the 6.5 month old bundle of sweetness has been chowing down on super fresh and organic peas. Serious satisfaction – I grew the kid, I grew the […]