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Planning for Resilience

1 April 2012

I’m still going on about the need to seriously plan for resilience in our gardens. Would you survive through to next Spring on the produce you harvested from your garden this Autumn? What do you think you need to learn to get it better next season?

  • I’m going to try harder to get my Brix levels up. I’m going to plant a wider range of crops, my favourites but also those I know will perform in adverse conditions.
  • Because of the cold Spring up north our kumara tupu went in very late, and then the lack of sun this Summer has meant another disaster of a crop. Potatoes liked the conditions though, so they did well.
  • Queen of the Blues Beans are still going, very impressed!
  •  Aomaru Koshun Daikon have been the outstanding star of our summer garden with their ease of growing, speed of maturity, incredible taste raw and cooked, and their looks!
  • I’m planting my winter garden full on now 10m of hulless barley for seed to eat as a grain and also as a carbon crop, 2x 10m beds of oats and vetch as carbon crops and 2x 10m beds in Tic Beans as a carbon crop (which I also get to harvest from).
  • In the next section of the garden I’m planting carbon and compost crops 2x 10m of lupins, 2x 10m of oats and 10m of rye.
  • The next section are legumes and root crops. I have Tic Beans, broad beans, lots of peas, beetroot, carrots, daikon, salsify, scorzonera and turnips.
  • In the heavy feeder section I have a huge range of brassicas and greens, a little of everything in the catalogue, to make for different salad or greens every night if we feel like it!

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Peas, carrots, beetroot turnips, daikon, salsify and scorzonera ready for winter and kumara and potatoes about to come out. Morning Glory Crimson rambler is stunning at this time of the the year once the beans die back.


Winter brassicas with Balta Balensa clover as a nitrogen fixing winter ground cover.

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