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News & Tips for November 2020

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 25/11/2020 20:28:12

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I have just finished sharing a small bowl of the most delectable raspberries with my daughter freshly picked from our garden. There is nothing quite like the taste of raspberries eaten straight from the cane; it’s a taste that can’t be replicated with a punnet from the supermarket, and one I...

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Black garlic yoghurt sauce

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 25/11/2020 09:31:22

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4 large black garlic cloves (available from Farros or online) 100-150 gms Greek yoghurt 1 ½ tsps. Lemon juice 2gms fresh dill 2 gms fresh basil 2 gms fresh tarragon Salt and black pepper Place the black garlic cloves in the small bowl of a food processor with 2 tblspns of the...

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News & Tips for October 2020

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 23/10/2020 23:50:43

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As October comes to an end it seems like summer is fast bearing down upon us as the temperature rises and the days get longer. Up here in Auckland the approaching hot season is met with some trepidation as the water shortages will make gardening a little more difficult. Although its not just the...

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Pomegranate Molasses & Roast Beetroot with Oranges

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 23/10/2020 15:34:31

Pomegranate Molasses & Roast Beetroot with Oranges name

1.5 kg medium small beetroot with leaves if possible (but just use what you can find) 2 tblspns white balsamic vinegar 3 tablspns extra virgin olive oil 2 tblspns pomegranate molasses 1 garlic clove finely grated 3 small oranges, skin, pith and seeds removed cut into segments...

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News & tips for August 2020

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 27/08/2020 18:29:13

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We are now in the last of the winter months and I can almost smell the onset of spring which brings both a sense of relief and excitement coupled with trepidation of the work ahead. Now is the time to not only finish the pruning, transplanting and clean-up jobs but also to think about the spring...

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Spring chicken salad with dill and mint dressing

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 26/08/2020 16:43:26

Spring chicken salad with dill and mint dressing name

Courtesy of Diana Henry. Serves 4 For the salad  400ml of chicken stock (homemade if possible) 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts about 175gms each 135gms of radishes 300 grams of broad beans or sugar snap peas 16 asparagus stalks trimmed   For the dressing...

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News & Tips for July 2020

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 03/08/2020 14:14:17

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One of the questions we have been getting recently is how to store seed potatoes to plant later in the season. Generally, the first seed potatoes to arrive are the earlies - the Cliff Kidneys, Jersey Bennes, Rocket etc. Most people like to have these ready in time for Christmas but as they...

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Soup Kitchari

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 30/07/2020 17:17:45

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1 ½ tblspn red lentils or yellow split peas ¾ tblspn basmati rice brown or white 4 cm piece of leek ½ piece of celeriac cubed ¼ piece of a whole pumpkin cubed Or a similar amount of potatoes and carrots or any other root vegetables you have on hand. A large leaf of kale or silverbeet...

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News & tips for May 2020

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 06/07/2020 09:24:16

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My heart sings as the rain pours from the sky onto our dry, dry earth. It won’t be enough to restore the dams or lift the water restrictions but it will provide much needed sustenance to my stressed garden. A hard winter lies ahead for humans and plants alike this year and adapting to our new...

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News & tips for June 2020

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 06/07/2020 09:17:30

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It’s raining here in Auckland, not the light misty grey drizzle of a gloomy winter’s day but a fierce rain bursting with unspent energy, all its lifegiving power on glorious display. It's wonderful and gives me a sense of hope and reassurance that is much needed right now. I think that’s what...

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Curried parsnip fritters

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 30/06/2020 20:22:43

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1 kg parsnips ½ cup cream 50g butter 1-2 tsp curry powder Salt and pepper 2 eggs Breadcrumbs for coating Clarified butter or oil for frying   Peel the parsnips, cut into chunks and boil or steam until very tender. If you have boiled them drain and return to pot to steam...

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Roast Autumn Vegetables with Walnut Miso Sauce

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 28/05/2020 22:25:26

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10 slim carrots (the ones in the bunches are best but not essential) 500g celeriac or parsnips 500g butternut pumpkin 3 large onions red or brown 4 tblspns extra virgin olive oil Sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper 3 endive lettuces (or 3 handfuls of rocket if you can’t get...

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News & Tips for April 2020

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 24/04/2020 17:07:04

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It is a spectacular April day here in Auckland and I am sitting outside on my deck thinking that this is the perfect day to be collecting leaves for my leaf compost. I am very lucky to have Cornwall Park in my local area which saves me from having to wander the streets looking for suitable...

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Chocolate Eves Pudding

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 23/04/2020 15:25:17

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The best results are achieved if you have an aluminium pudding bowl, don’t worry though if you only have a ceramic dish, it will still taste wonderful it just the texture is slightly different.   You will need 1 litre capacity bowl.   1 or two ripe pears 1 big Tblspn Golden...

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News & Tips for Feb 2020

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 27/02/2020 10:01:38

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There is a cruelness in the clear blue sky this summer in the north. Weather, it’s a leveller and even the most pampered garden will suffer. Here in central Auckland we don’t have water restrictions, but I believe they aren’t far away; it’s such a pity it takes a drought for us to realise the...

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Potatoes with spinach and pomegranate

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 24/02/2020 15:26:03

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Serves 2 500g new potatoes or sweet potato/kumara 2 Tblspns oil (canola will be fine) 11/2 tsp curry powder of your choice 3 Tblspns mayonnaise 4 Tblspns sour cream 50g baby spinach leaves 3 spring onions 1/3 cup crumbled feta Pomegranate...

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News & Tips for January 2020

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 31/01/2020 17:02:52

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I started this beautiful January morning with a bowl of softly poached gooseberries and porridge. Not the usual summer fruit to pair with porridge but absolutely delightful. The gooseberry is one of my favourite things but notoriously difficult to come by; except this year a serendipitous search...

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Greek Courgette, Polenta, Feta Cheese and Dill Pie

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 31/01/2020 10:39:35

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Serves 4   1 kg courgettes cut into slices about 2cm thick 3 tblspn olive oil sea salt and pepper 125gms spring onions trimmed but not chopped 5 eggs lightly beaten 150g Greek yoghurt 35g medium polenta 50g grana padano finely grated 20gms dill leaves (don’t use the...

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News & tips for December 2019

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 16/12/2019 14:38:47

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Christmas is almost here and amid the Christmas craziness, its easy to forget how much we have to be grateful for in this stunning little part of the world. So firstly, I want to say thank you to all our wonderful customers! Your support of our little business is what enables us to keep doing...

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Roasted stone fruit with Amaretti and raspberries

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 13/12/2019 13:12:50

Roasted stone fruit with Amaretti and raspberries name

6 ripe but not mushy nectarines, peaches or apricots halved, stones removed 100g amaretti biscuits (available from good supermarkets)   100g butter softened 85g toasted almonds, chopped 85g brown sugar 1 egg 250ml marsala or good dessert wine (optional) Greek yogurt or crème...

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News & tips for November 2019

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 29/11/2019 16:18:45

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I write this newsletter as I look out upon a large community garden with many beautiful planter boxes overflowing with gorgeous displays of vegetables and bee loving flowers. Regrettably, I am only a spectator of this wonderful garden. This year, I have to admit that I have been so overwhelmed...

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Roasted peppers with yoghurt, feta and sumac

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 27/11/2019 18:18:54

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Serves two but simply increase quantities to serve more. Note: It is imperative that the vegetables sit in a single layer in the roasting tin. If they are on top of each other you will end up with a not so appetising dish of mushy vegetables. 3 big bell peppers or king sweeties 1...

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News & tips for October 2019

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 17/10/2019 14:18:31

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October is a contrary month. On the one hand you have the lengthening days and milder temperatures and then quite suddenly a cold tempest will descend from the heavens plunging you back into winter. Beautiful spring flowering also goes hand in hand with the emergence of pests who awake from...

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Roast butternut with lentils and special sauce

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 16/10/2019 11:29:32

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This recipe comes from Hettie Mackinnon who started out delivering handmade salads to Melbourne locals on the back of her bike and soon became something of a Sydney food legend! I made this salad for dinner the other evening and had it with some leftover cold lamb and then I had it again...

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News & tips for August 2019

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 12/08/2019 10:28:24

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The beginning of August is the time of year when I get my gardening catalogues out and start dreaming about what I might harvest in the summer ahead. Visions of sweet plump tomatoes and bushes laden with jewel like eggplants dance around my head. Whilst I always plan to have something in the...

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Korean Fried Broccoli

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 09/08/2019 13:31:38

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For the broccoli: 6 cups broccoli florets 3/4 cup cornsflour 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons panko or fresh breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup ice-cold sparkling mineral water 1/2 cup ice-cold vodka 1/4 cup very thinly sliced spring...

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Freight charges increasing

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 05/07/2019 12:28:36

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For many years now we have been offering customers what we think are very competitive freight prices for purchases made from our online store. Over the past year we have been faced with rising costs which we have attempted to absorb. However, recently freight charges have increased dramatically...

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News & tips for June 2019

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 29/06/2019 19:22:54

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The shortest day has past and the chill of winter has settled on us. I don’t think I am in the minority when I look out the window at the ever increasing jobs waiting for me in the garden and decide that Netflix and a cup of tea are infinitely more appealing than getting out into the cold air!...

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Feta & beetroot tarte tatin

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 27/06/2019 14:14:15

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Ingredients for roast beetroot 6 small/medium beetroot washed but not peeled, approx. 300g 2 cloves garlic crushed A few sprigs of thyme Sherry or balsamic vinegar Olive oil salt & pepper Splash of water To...

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Newton Seed News + Tips - May 2019

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 31/05/2019 13:08:43

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The winter of our discontent - Shakespeare’s famous words can ring eerily true at this time of the year. There is gloom in abundance throughout the world at the moment and winter is knocking on the door. But as much as it can be tempting to let a bah humbug attitude overcome me, I only have to...

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Rhubarb and Butterscotch Layer Cake

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 30/05/2019 16:51:00

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225g butter 160g brown sugar 100g caster sugar​ 1 ½ c self-raising flour 1 cup rhubarb chopped into 1cm pieces   Rhubarb filling 225g Rhubarb chopped into 1cm pieces 2 tbsp caster sugar   Caramel Icing 300g Caster sugar 125ml cold water 1 cup cream 400g...

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Beetroot and Feta Rosti

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 30/04/2019 11:54:10

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250g peeled and grated beetroot 150g peeled and grated parsnip or carrot Handful of dill and parsley chopped 150g of goats feta or cows feta 2 eggs   Put grated beetroot and parsnip in a bowl add the herbs and seasoning. In a separate bowl crumble the feta and then beat 2 eggs....

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News & Tips for April 2019

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 30/04/2019 11:52:41

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You will all know by now that Autumn is my favourite time of the year. Here in Auckland we have been particularly blessed with spectacularly still and warm days, crisp mornings and deliciously cool evenings. The garden released from the tyrannical heat and pestilence of the summer needs a little...

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News & Tips for March 2019

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 19/03/2019 18:36:33

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Easter and Autumn - while they seem too far away to bother about, both the relentless promotion of hot x buns, chocolate and unfortunately the subtle change of leaf colour (I thought my tree just needed water) belie the fact they are both closer than we think. Perhaps it's wishful thinking on my...

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Fondant Pumpkin and Mustard Sauce

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 18/03/2019 14:02:48

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Serves 3 Pumpkin 2kg Olive oil 4 tbsp Hot chicken or vegetable stock1 litre Double cream 200g Grain mustard 1 tbsp Smooth dijon mustard 1 tbsp Cut the pumpkin into six large wedges. Remove and discard the seeds and fibres. Warm the olive oil in a large, deep-sided roasting tin over...

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News & tips for Feb 2019

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 18/03/2019 14:00:09

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As the beautiful summer rolls on it appears my prediction of a dry summer is bearing out. In these sort of conditions - unless you have very good irrigation, most plants will struggle. But even with irrigation the intense hot sun of mid to late summer can damage and knock your plants around. One...

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Smoked salmon and beetroot salad

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 12/02/2019 15:49:51

Smoked salmon and beetroot salad name

500g beetroot, trimmed, peeled and cut into wedges 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp cumin seeds 2 garlic cloves finely chopped 250g hot smoked salmon 1 tbsp capers 1 tbsp cider vinegar 3-4 sprigs mint Handful of fresh parsley 150g rocket or baby spinach or a mix of the two...

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News & tips for Dec 2018

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 07/12/2018 14:52:44

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Christmas is a great time of the year and while I have thought Christmas in New Zealand is a little marred by the absence of that fluffy, cold, white stuff, over time I have learnt to appreciate celebrating Christmas in a warm climate. The choice of an outdoors celebration is really something...

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Beetroot hummus with hazelnut dukkah

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 06/12/2018 17:25:38

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Our recipe this month is thanks to Nigel Slater. Perfect for everyone to nibble on while you are preparing your Christmas feast. Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and those with a gluten intolerance. The dukkah could also make a wonderful Christmas gift as it keeps for a good couple of weeks....

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News & tips for Nov 2018

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 08/11/2018 12:03:18

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Mid spring is a tumultuous time of the year. Coupled with warmer weather and longer days, and the intermittent cold blasts as if winter is calling us back for a second look. However, the extra bit of rainfall we have had recently is making everything look green and fresh again – perfect for...

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Roast new potatoes and creamed spinach

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 06/11/2018 19:02:42

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New potatoes  500g Olive oil  5 tbsp Spinach  100g Double cream  250ml Parmesan  3 tbsp, grated  Garlic  2 cloves Butter  30g Flaked almonds  4 tbsp Pea shoots  a handful (optional) Set the oven at 200C. Wash the...

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News & Tips for Sept 2018

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 27/09/2018 18:08:50

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This month I am going to talk lawns, because traditionally this is the month to start sowing or fixing the lawn, even though the soil is still a bit on the cold side. Ideally, soil should be around 13 degrees or more when sowing lawn seed, (presently it's sitting around 12 degrees in Auckland)....

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Collard greens braised in coconut milk

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 26/09/2018 15:35:54

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Serves: 4   Prep time: 15 min   Cook time: 25 min 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon grated ginger 500 gms collard greens or a mix of silverbeet and kale, stems removed, cut into ribbons ¾ cup coconut milk...

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News & tips for August 2018

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 30/08/2018 21:35:17

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As weather records are shattered all around the world it becomes clearer that the climate is changing and we have to adapt our gardening habits in our own way. For me that adaptation has come in the form of rethinking my garden space. I have a small urban garden but have made it larger by using...

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Kumara wedges with coriander yoghurt sauce

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 30/08/2018 20:51:43

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I must admit I was a little dubious when I made this dish but I shouldn’t have been – they are fantastic especially with chargrilled steak. Recipe thanks to Diana Henry. Honey ½ tsp Kumara x 1kg 4 tblsps olive oil Juice of 1 lime Salt pepper For the sauce: 2 cloves garlic...

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News & tips for July 2018

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 18/07/2018 13:10:37

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A wee while ago I wrote about growing potatoes in winter in the north of the North Island. Having no idea our winter would be colder than a polar bears poo, I was confident that my potatoes would come up well. However after reading in a certain gardening magazine about one writers experience...

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Meera Sodha’s Sri Lankan dal

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 17/07/2018 13:03:28

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This creamy red lentil Sri Lankan dal is offset by spiky “mallum”, or shredded greens cooked with onions, coconut and fresh lime. In Sri Lanka all sorts of different greens are used to make mallum, from chrysanthemum leaves to turnip tops. I used cavolo nero here because it works harmoniously...

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News & Tips for June

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 20/06/2018 14:59:50

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As I write this newsletter the shortest day of the year is just around the corner. And while we have a little while to go until Spring, it always seems much closer after 21st June. With that in mind, there is work in the garden waiting to be done when a rainfree day decides to turn up! ...

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Roast Butternut Soup with Mushrooms and Ginger

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 19/06/2018 16:43:40

Roast Butternut Soup with Mushrooms and Ginger name

This pumpkin soup is a refreshing change to the thick pureed type we are normally used to in winter but in my opinion its texture and flavour make it worth a go. 1kg Butternut  6 medium Shallots 5 tbsp 
Olive oil 1 tsp 
Sweet Paprika  1 tsp 
Hot Smoked Paprika 1...

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News & tips for April 2018

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 18/04/2018 18:19:49

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It doesn’t seem to matter what time of year that it falls, but Easter seems the point at which I make a mental crossover to a new season. And even though it is warmer than normal, the song of Autumn is here with the falling leaves and chill in the morning air. My favourite season of the year!...

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Hazelnut Crumble with Black Doris Plums

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 18/04/2018 17:50:14

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This recipe can be used with any combination of fruits but works best with plums frozen rather than bottled. 800g plums (frozen or bottled drain first) 50g light brown sugar finely grated zest 1 orange 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp plain flour (omit if using gluten free option)...

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Get your greens in

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 22/02/2018 12:44:33

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Having come to the end of my potatoes I am thinking it’s about time to get some greens in the ground especially as we are getting more regular rainfall. So you can start planting out Kale, Basil, Lettuce, Swiss and Rainbow Chard and Chinese greens. Just remember that the slugs and snails like...

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News & tips for Feb 2018

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 22/02/2018 12:41:19

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The sound of summer can be a beautiful thing; birds and insects singing their wee hearts out, kids playing outside and outdoor festivities. Unfortunately, there are some sounds that don’t bring a smile to your face – yep the sound of summer also means the sound of crickets. Now personally, I...

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Elaine’s Coleslaw

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 21/02/2018 14:48:32

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½ green cabbage (not Savoy) ½ onion (red, brown or white) ½ cup mild olive oil or another mild tasting salad oil 2 Tbsps. Highlander salad dressing (you have to make this, see the back of the Highlander condensed milk tin for the recipe) 100ml cream Salt and pepper...

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Scale & fungal diseases

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 25/01/2018 12:06:50

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This particularly hot and muggy weather, coupled with the odd day of torrential downpour is the perfect breeding ground for infestations of nasties. Fungal disease is very common at this time of year so keep an eye out. Scale has reared its ugly head on my lime tree so I use Conqueror Oil...

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Feed your tomatoes

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 25/01/2018 12:06:08

Feed your tomatoes name

I am also enjoying picking off the ripening tomatoes in my pots as I sit outside in the evening with a nice glass of something to drink. Now is a good time to give your tomatoes and other vine fruit a bit of a feed as they don’t really need much until the fruit has actively set and is ripening....

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News & tips for Jan 2018

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 25/01/2018 12:03:30

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Well after a nice long break we are getting ourselves ready for the autumn season. I am pleased to report the small range of vegetables I planted in late spring were all bountiful and still are. I only did Heather, Rudolph and Highlander potatoes this year, the Rudolph were beautiful roasted but...

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BBQ corn with miso butter

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 24/01/2018 12:55:08

BBQ corn with miso butter name

With this recipe it pays to buy the best miso paste you can – white miso is better and I use the 'Urban Hippy' range because its made in NZ by a NZ company and it’s a bloody good product. 125gm softened butter 3 tbsp miso paste 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds...

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Summer lawns

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 18/12/2017 10:50:06

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Of course you can’t mulch a lawn, you can only water it and if you are on water restrictions then unless you have sowed Tall Fescue or Kikuyu (these two can survive a tough summer) your grass is going to be pretty much burnt toast. Just something to keep in mind when you sow your next lawn....

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Summer planting

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 18/12/2017 10:47:39

Summer planting name

There is probably nowhere in this beautiful country right now that is not suffering a little from this extraordinarily hot weather. The key to keeping your plants alive and in one piece is to water really, really well once a week and mulch, mulch, mulch! This is where our Fibre Earth mulch,...

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News & tips for Dec 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 18/12/2017 10:44:25

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Christmas is almost here and there really is very little time left to do your Christmas shopping, so grab a voucher from our online store and save yourself some unnecessary stress! To ensure delivery of your goodies before Christmas the last day for ordering is Tuesday 19 December (Auckland...

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Little Gems with Lemon Cream

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 15/12/2017 09:53:54

Little Gems with Lemon Cream name

4 small or 2 large heads little gem lettuce cores cut out and washed and dried Small bunch spring onions sliced and soaked in iced water for 20 mins sliced very thinly on an angle ½ bunch radishes scrubbed soak in ice for 20 mins and dried Small handful...

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News & tips for Nov 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 01/12/2017 09:28:58

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Hello from our new premises at 78 Leonard Road. Well it wasn’t the easiest move but we are finally starting to settle in and Black, our lovely resident warehouse cat has given it the big thumbs up! Christmas is bearing down on us with astonishing rapidity so it’s time to start thinking about...

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Spring in the garden

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 01/12/2017 09:22:56

Spring in the garden name

In theory I should have all my seedlings in the ground by now but alas I don’t. My spuds and toms are in of course – and my favourite silverbeet. But I figure I still have time before Christmas to get a few new things going. Have a look at our new range of Niche Heirloom Seeds . There’s some...

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Grilled radish salad

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 21/11/2017 17:33:21

Grilled radish salad name

Serves 4 1 bunch of radishes with their green tops if fresh (or 1 cup spinach leaves as an alternative) Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper Dried chilli flakes Red or white wine vinegar 110 grams pitted medjool dates cut into small bits 1 apple, halved, cored and thinly...

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Spring is also lawn time

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 20/09/2017 17:12:00

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Spring is here and it’s a time when your lawn should look its very best. If you help it, your lawn will know you care and respond accordingly. Here’s my top tips for a great looking lawn this spring: • Give it a good liming just before it rains – maximum 1-3kg per square metre. • Fertilise...

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News & tips for Sept 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 20/09/2017 17:11:11

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Springtime is seed sowing time. It’s a teensy bit warmer and we are getting the occasional rain free day. So get your galoshes on and get outside and start getting the garden ready for a planting frenzy. Tomatoes, eggplants, beans, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, capsicum and peas can all be started...

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Spring Vegetable Frittata

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 19/09/2017 10:50:00

Spring Vegetable Frittata name

450g shelled early peas or broad beans 150g asparagus spears 200g slim spring carrots 30g butter 2 Tbsp of oil 125g feta or goats cheese 5gms of tarragon or chervil or basil or whatever takes your fancy   Boil pot of water, put in the peas/broad beans and cook for...

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Cauliflower Fritters

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 04/08/2017 10:17:16

Cauliflower Fritters name

1 small cauliflower 120g of plain flour (or chickpea flour or a mix of the two) 1 tablespoon Italian parsley 1 garlic clove      2 shallots finely chopped 4 eggs    1 ½ tsp ground cumin     1 tsp ground...

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Away snails and slugs

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 04/08/2017 10:16:02

Away snails and slugs name

Slugs and snails are the curse of a gardener’s life and Baysol is the only pesticide I use in the garden – however in my effort to leave a smaller chemical footprint on our fragile world, I have decided to give something else a try - Oyster shell grit. Normally given to poultry to help with...

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Getting your soil ready

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 04/08/2017 10:15:32

Getting your soil ready name

At the same time start thinking about getting your soil ready for planting out your seedlings. Now is the right time to start adding plenty of compost or soil enhancer. Fodda Soil Enhancer is a fantastic way to boost your soil condition - it's a mix of organic materials and is great for getting...

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News & tips for August 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 04/08/2017 10:14:39

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Have you noticed that daylight is lasting a bit longer? Even though the weather has been terribly dreary it cheers me up to know that ever so slowly we are inching our way towards spring and that means it’s time to start thinking, often of the wishful kind, about what you want out of your...

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Keep moss at bay

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 06/07/2017 16:03:48

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Keep at the moss – we have the elixers here, try heavy liming toward the end of winter to recondition the plants for spring.

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Don't ignore your winter lawn

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 06/07/2017 16:02:34

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I know its normal to ignore your lawn over the winter months and wait for spring before taking some remedial action. This winter though, I’ve changed tactics to try and keep the lawn looking really good right through. Keep it quiet - but my efforts have been amazingly successful. Don’t believe...

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News & tips for July 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 06/07/2017 12:48:37

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Yay it's potato time! When there is not much else growing in the garden – except the weeds and it's cold and miserable outside I get great pleasure from choosing which new variety of potato I will put into my garden. Last year I went for Pink Fir Apple and Swift . The Pink Fir didn’t...

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News & tips for June 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 23/05/2017 19:54:42

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With a couple of frosts under our belt most of us just want to be inside keeping warm. However with the fine calm weather, there are still many things that we can put in the garden – so get those gumboots on! Silverbeet , coriander and potatoes can all still be planted now. Obviously...

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Seed potatoes have arrived!

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 05/05/2017 14:55:39

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I am happy to announce that the first of our seed potatoes have arrived. We currently have arriving - Maris Anchor, Lisetta, Jersey Benny, Cliff Kidney, Agria, Ilam Hardy, Desiree, Purple Heart and Highlander - other varieties will follow as they get dug. Highlander is new to us this year:...

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Treat for the birds

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 05/05/2017 14:53:43

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As the icy breath of winter bares down on us this week, don’t forger our feathered friends - birds need to forage harder in the Winter months! Hang a bird seed bell or feeder with wild bird seed in a tree and make their lives just a little bit easier - they will reward you with their...

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Mother's Day winner

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 05/05/2017 14:51:36

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A big congratulations to Dot C! Dot is the lucky winner of our Get Growing Mother’s Day competition. Dot will be receiving a $100 Newton Seed gift voucher to spend online or instore. Don't forget your Mum on Mother's Day this Sunday 14th May. There's still time to shop & we have lots of...

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News & Tips for May 2017

Posted by sarah fitzgerald on 05/05/2017 14:39:05

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Make hay while the sun shines! While we are enjoying a spate of lovely weather here in the north we need to get out in the garden and replace what was lost in the recent storms. Many growers have struggled to supply leafy green vegetables because of the damage to the commercial crops. Now is...

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