Ponytail Palm at Melton Botanical Gardens

Ponytail Palm at Melton Botanical Gardens

I recently donated a huge and much loved ponytail palm from my garden to the Friends of the Melton Botanical Gardens (FMBG).  Ponytail palms Beaucarnea recurvata are not actually palms, rather they grow in a palm like shape, and are native to the deserts of Eastern...
Web Shop Launch

Web Shop Launch

While setting up a web shop for the Tomato book, we realised that we could make some of our favourite products also available to you.  Some of these are tools we use in our own gardens, such as the secateur sharpener and handy snips. In the past we have sold them at...
Feijoa Autumn Harvest

Feijoa Autumn Harvest

Feijoa is a classic backyard fruit beloved by New Zealanders.  There are few named varieties and it is a difficult fruit to find at the shops.  But why go shopping when this plant is so versatile and easy to grow at home? Feijoa sellowianaMammoth fruit...
Carob Harvest at Gunyah

Carob Harvest at Gunyah

The carob pods have taken almost a year to develop from flowers to pods and then ripen.  I can’t wait to pick and taste this years crop. The carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua) has been pruned to complement the garden design and provides valuable afternoon shade in...
Red Strawberry Grape

Red Strawberry Grape

Today we are picking bunches of the delicious red variety of the Strawberry Grape (Vitis Fragola).  The fragrant round fruit has a more complex flavor than the strawberries it is named after. It is not a bland taste like some disappointing shop bought...