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How does your (winter) garden grow?

Raised beds can make growing your own produce an easy pleasure

Raised beds can make growing your own produce an easy pleasure

Many of us in New Zealand love to grow some of what we eat. Even if it’s just some potted herbs, it can be satisfying. There are even studies showing that food growing is therapeutic for those with mental health and behaviour issues.

If you’re anything like me, your winter garden is not looking too fly right now. The cold wet weather certainly diminishes our enthusiasm for gardening.

Gastro-garden inspiration

My good friend Pam inspired me with her and her partner’s beautiful winter garden near Tauranga (pictured). The raised beds make caring for the garden during the wet months super-easy. And the production, even now, is fantastic. During my visit I enjoyed silverbeet, peppers and spinach, as well as some lovely herbs. The sheltered position and enriched soil means the garden is a great example of how to continue to live off the land during the winter months. Love it. Can’t wait to get my own raised garden up and running in time for next winter. 🙂

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Several easy access beds contain a wide variety of veggies at different stages of maturity

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