Our elderflower cordial bottled and ready for the holiday season!

Our elderflower cordial bottled and ready for the holiday season!

Now is the time to be collecting Elderflower. The Elder tree is an important and revered tree in most European countries. It is known as the Queen of the forest, and has many beneficial medicinal properties. You can dry the flowers for use over winter as a tea to help ward off respiratory illnesses and reduce fevers, or you can make a lovely cordial from the delicate fresh sprays. We add it to sparkling water and lemon for a refreshing drink.

For a great Christmas Day cocktail, add a dash of Elderflower cordial, top up with equal parts of sparkling wine and sparkling water and garnish with a sprig of Mint and a Calendula flower (or any other edible flower you have growing in your garden).

Collect the flowers on a sunny day, in the mid afternoon if you can… wet flowers will end in disappointment. Treat them with care. Try to collect blooms that have just flowered.

Always make sure you are certain of the plant if you are collecting from the wild.


20 – 25 Elderflower sprays

2 Lemons (rind and juice)

2 Oranges (rind and juice)

250ml light honey

2 L Water

Put flowers, rind, juice and honey into a pot.

Cover with boiling water and let steep for 24 hours. Make sure flowers are submerged or they can turn brown and affect the taste.

Put into sterilised bottles and store in the fridge.


Meet our new Urban Garden apprentice, Fiona!

Fiona watering the urban Garden

Fiona watering the urban Garden

It’s a busy time here at Koanga Institute and particularly in the Urban Garden. Otis, my two year old son, and I have arrived from the Northern Territory of Australia to begin our learning in the management of a small Urban Plot. It’s been exciting, hectic and the brisk spring weather providing some climatisation challenges!

The winter crops have finished and it was awesome to see the Clementine Mandarin and the Meyer Lemon pumping out a whopping 100kg each of fruit over that time. Other points of interest from the winter produce were a regular supply of soup greens, silver beet, salad greens, leeks and a continual supply of kale. The last of the kale was picked from the stem and dried in the solar drier to use in summer soups and stews.

On the animal front in the Urban Garden, the rabbit doe gave us a beautiful litter of 5 charming kits who are growing up fast, last week they were weaned and she’ll be ready for another run with the buck in the next month. The guinea pigs all produced litters, recently weaned also and the boar has been put back with the older females to begin the cycle again.


The shy new mothers and their pups


The garden supplies us with enough comfrey for food for the chickens twice a day. They love the flowers and the protein provided in the leaves ensures that the chickens continue to produce amazing quality eggs. Otis also loves foraging for snails for an extra fowl treat too!!

Look at how bright red the combs on this chook is! She is getting plenty of calcium and minerals from the comfrey I give them.

Look at how bright red the combs on this chook is! She is getting plenty of calcium and minerals from the comfrey I give them.

Over the last few weeks all the beds have been prepared and the summer produce has been planted. The wicking beds are loaded with early season tomatoes, courgettes, egg plant and peppers. Fruit has set on the tomatoes and we’re expecting them to be ready for Christmas. Wicking beds have been such a valuable addition to the Urban Garden Plot and its well worth looking into doing if you have a small yard which is paved or decked. Here is a small sketch of how the wicking beds work.

Curtosey of Koanga Institute

Courtesy of Koanga Institute

Our wicking bed plants are growing very quickly!

Our wicking bed plants are growing very quickly!


Forest Garden Update

Spring harvest

Spring harvest

Three years on and my garden beginning to come alive!! A year ago the insects moved in big time, now the birds are moving in, I guess there is enough habitat for them to set up safe homes and plenty of food to boot (insects).

My forest garden has been a lot of joy this spring with the support species making their presence stronger and stronger each year.

  1. The tagasaste are the first in midwinter to open their blossoms and put out an incredible scent for months, this year bringing in the bellbirds and the tui for the first time. They are always full of bees and insects, and the bumblebees early every morning and late into the evening every day.
  2. Next to bloom were the eleagnus flowers, far out! They are such a joy every spring, with their heady, rich pervasive scent which also brings in the insects and life.
  3. Next came the Siberian pea trees, slower growing but with dainty feathery leaves and stunning bright yellow pea-like flowers followed by small tiny pods hanging like kowhai pods do in large bunches.
  4. They are followed by the Tree Medick, which flowered here for the first time this spring. If I thought the others were amazing this capped them all. The Tree Medick scent is super pervasive, and has been around us now for weeks. The colour is a vibrant yellow, and the bushes are smothered in flowers for weeks. They are just now turning into pods, and their job of attracting insects and bring in life has been overtaken by the incredible tree lupins, who form these great mounds of yellow flowers where the chickens love to hide, and rest and also scratch.
  5. The spring symphony of legumes is so strong the fruiting bushes are quite forgotten.

Remember, our February catalogue will be full of Forest Garden/Orchard information including our new forest garden support tree seed list for the first time.

If you are going to be planting a forest garden next winter or begin turning your orchard into a forest garden then sign up for membership now and have access to the best deals we offer, as well as the latest information.

In the mean time, I suggest you get a copy of Design Your Own Orchard and the Koanga Design Your Own Forest Garden Booklet, to be ready to do an amazing job of your own forest garden.

Looking into my forest garden

Looking into my forest garden

Year 3 in Kay’s Forest Garden

This is a list of what we are working with so far, on our 900 sq m forest garden with chicken constantly underneath as one of the most important outputs (eggs and meat). I’m going to put this up annually so we can see over time how this list changes. I imagine we will continue to diversify and add species as we find them, and some will prove to fit better than others.

Forest Garden Support Species

Nitrogen fixers

  1. Tree lupin (40) chook food
  2. Tree medick (2) chook food
  3. Lespedeza (4) chook food
  4. Eleagnus multiflora (2) human and chook food
  5. Eleagnus augustifolia (2) human and chook food
  6. Tagasaste (15) chicken food
  7. Viburnum (1)
  8. Alfalfa (chook food)
  9. Clover (chook food)
  10. Maakia amurensis (2)
  11. Seabuckthorn (2) human and chook food)
  12. Acacia retinoides (5) chook)
  13. Casurina (1)
  14. Kowhai (1)

Minerals accumulators

  1. Alfalfa
  2. Comfrey
  3. Cardoon (20)
  4. cornus spp ( Siberian dogwood, mas etc) (4) human/chook food berries

Fruiting Trees

Cherry x 2
Apricot x 1
Lemon x 1
Orange x 1
Mandarin x 2
Feijoa x 3
Fig x1
Chokeberry x 20
Arguta kiwi fruit x 5
Apple x 5
Damson x 1
Peach x 3
Nectarine x 1
Plum x 1
Prune x 2
Mulberry x 1

Sweet delicious rhubarb!

Sweet delicious rhubarb!

Perennial Vege

My perennial bed is also strongly producing now, we are picking globe artichokes every day along with asparagus and Welsh Bunching onions, Multiplying Spring onions, Seakale, which is delicious and Rhubarb. Next year we might have strong enough Giant Solomon’s Seal to be able to pick a little of that too. The perennial Runner beans are about to flower so the first green beans are not far off as well. (It is not too late to plant perennial runner beans)

A good time to begin thinking about your perennial garden is right now, as soon as you get your major spring plantings in. There is a new chapter in the new edition of the Koanga Garden Guide on perennials so get into that to do your planning and check out our perennials section where you can get your seeds and starts from.

 Vege Garden

My garden always suffers in spring because I’m always teaching the 10 week Spring Internship. This year Bob has had more time to help me and it is emerging again now as a pretty amazing summer garden. I bit the bullet this season and invested in some professional quality cloches, and that has already paid off. My potatoes are well up and flowering and still covered by hoops and frost cloth. My tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and pumpkins have all been started under cloches. The cloches are still over them and will be until all danger of frost is past, which for us is early December!!! It is quite a lot of daily work opening and shutting them…but in such a short growing season the rewards will be a far larger harvest of otherwise marginal crops.

We’re eating our rocombole garlic flowers now, rocombole garlic is worth planting because of that alone, but also has the advantage of being ready to harvest a month before soft top garlic. Order now to ensure you get your seed in autumn.

The big decision I’ve made this month is to use our Koanga Balance to protect my tomatoes and potatoes against psyllid and blight this year. It’s always a big decision and in the past few years I’ve used Koanga Psyllid Solution as we do in the Koanga Seed gardens. Koanga Psyllid solution is the best solution I knew of until Grant at Environmental Fertilisers explained to me that Koanga Balance is a 100% biological product made up entirely of microbes and fungi should do the same job! There is no worry about killing bees and other insects as with diatomaceous earth in psyllid solution, which is possible. Koanga Balance is a leading edge biological product that is being used in the kiwi fruit industry against psyllid. If it works there so I see no reason why it can’t work for home gardeners on potatoes and tomatoes. I’m giving it a go this year! And we’ll continue with Psyllid solution in the Koanga Seed garden until we see how this works, and compare the results.

Spring Greens Salad Recipe

It’s quite possible that your pumpkin stash has come to an end and you’re ready for some fresh salads as we come into spring (it’s almost here)! This is a simple recipe to maximise what you have both in and around your garden so you can create some delicious, fresh and very pretty salads! Edible flowers are the perfect garnish!
Go for a walk around and see what you have, it’s probably a mix of the following:
Winter lettuce
multiplying spring onions
French sorrell
mustard lettuce
kale (baby leaves)
Dalmatian parsley
beetroot tops
dandelion leaves and flowers
We even spotted some violet under a tree and both the leaves and flowers make a great addition.
For the salad pictured we added grated beetroot and lightly toasted pumpkin seeds, yum!
Toss your collection with a vinaigrette of your choice. A super basic and always tasty option is to mix equal portions of apple cider vinegar and olive oil together in a jar, put the lid on and shake, then toss through your salad. See page 254 of Change of Heart for our favorites.

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Perennials As Part of Building Garden Resilience

There are many ways to build garden resilience using annual crops: diversity in crop type, diversity in variety, diversity over time (repeat sowings of crops over the season to spread the risk) but adding perennials into the mix of food plants adds an extra layer of resilience. Obviously perennials include food producing trees and shrubs which, once established, keep on producing year after year.

Here though I’m going to concentrate on perennial vegetables and what they have to offer. Because perennial forms of vegetables have an established root system then they are able to withstand adverse weather events (that are likely to be increasingly more common as a result of climate change) and also predation by pest species better than annuals and also often start producing earlier in the year or spread their production more evenly over the year. Obviously the time and length of harvest depends on the type of perennial. Sea kale for example is a leafy perennial brassica and its shoots and leaves can be harvested over a long period from spring onwards, Jerusalem Artichoke on the other hand is a plant which forms tubers underground and these can only be harvested in the winter. They do last over the winter however and can be left in the ground and gradually harvested if your garden is not too wet or can all be harvested and stored in damp (non treated) sawdust and then eaten over a period of several months.

Koanga Institute holds a number of perennial vegetables which we make available either as seed (for example Sea Kale or Globe Artichoke) or through our Perennial Back Order System. Plants sold under the perennial back order system are sold as plant material (not seed) at the appropriate time of year for that plant. http://www.koanga.org.nz/perennials-as-part-of-building-garden-resilience/The collection includes many diverse items such as perennial onions and leeks, garlics (which although are cultivated on an annual basis are really perennial), strawberries, potatoes (again which are grown on an annual basis), kumara and a variety of tubers and other plants.

The category of plants sent out around this time of year is particularly diverse and includes plants we have offered for several years such as Yacon (Polymnia sonchifolia), Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosa), Yams (Oxalis tuberosa), Chinese Water Chestnuts (Eleocharis dulcis), and Chinese Artichokes (Stachys affinis), as well as Alpine Strawberries (Fragaria vesca) and Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum commutatum) which are relatively new additions to the collection. As well as the food producing perennials we also have some perennial support plants in the collection such as Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) (both regular comfrey and a new addition Evergreen Comfrey) and some flowering plants such as Dahlias and Gladioli that add to the general diversity of the garden or orchard and, in the case of Dahlias, are absolute magnets for bees.


The demand for plants in all categories of our perennial back order section is high and sadly many items in the current category are sold out. The good news though is that we do still have Jerusalem Artichokes, Dalmatian Artichokes, Red Skinned Artichokes and Chinese Water Chestnuts available this year and will have the rest of the items available again next year. Once the send of these plants has fully finished for 2015 we will re-list the whole category around November and will start accepting orders for 2016.

Adding Clay To Our Soil


SO… we added clay to our beds last autumn, and we grew oats in those beds over winter, and now in mid August we had to remove the oats to put in an early seed crop. We tested the brix of those oats. Their brix was 22 and those around them 19. When we pulled them up there was a very obvious difference to the look of the roots which are very clearly looking for clay to get into!!!!!… a continuing journey to remineralise and create /regenerate our soil to grow high quality food and seeds!

We have light pumice soils so the idea of the clay is to increase the cation exchange capacity to speed up the process of building soil. You can see there are more exudates (sugars) coming out of the plants which why the clay and soil is sticking to the roots.




Two People Living Off A 200sqm Garden – Plan Included!

Kay’s 200 sq m Garden Plan Created Using the Koanga Garden Planner For Self Reliance in Annual vegetables, seeds and grains



Bob and I have just finished 12 months of eating only our own food, not buying anything from the supermarket at all except for salt (from health supplier) and a handful of organic imported spices.  It was actually fairly easy and we have no intention of changing back to the supermarket, only going forward from here.

We have been on this site for 3 years and the soil was very poor pumice based soil to begin with.

We have built it up using fertiliser based on the work of Dr Carey Reams  and lots of our own amazing compost, as well as recently added clay!.(to increase the cation exchange capacity, and speed up the process of soil building )

We combine Biointensive methods with Biological Agriculture and achieve outstanding results. See Kay’s garden blog for more details.

This year we are going to keep a careful track of everything that goes in and out of this garden, including the brix levels,  and publish that in my monthly garden blogs. We’re still learning a lot from our garden, and loving every minute in it…

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100% of vegetables grains and seeds (eating a Weston Price Diet)

This is a serious attempt to design a garden that supplies all of our  (Bob and myself) annual vegetables, grains, and seeds, including enough for fermenting  and  storing so that we have a diverse range of high brix food year round, in a space that feels possible for us to garden intensively.

Flaxseed - Grown for food as well as a carbon crop

Flaxseed – Grown for food as well as a carbon crop


Seed Saving

It is designed so that  we can save our own seed of almost everything… some things are hard to do in small gardens and seed saving requires co operation amongst neighbours, which we do for those crops… eg brassicas, and some require hand pollination to keep the seed,  eg pumpkins, (alternatively cultivars could be seriously restricted for ourselves and neighbours,  however we choose to have the diversity which feels like luxury and means less likelihood of feeling like diving off to the shop for some ‘junk food’. For people wanting to learn to grow their own food seriously and save seeds in case of economic collapse, this is a real model for self reliance.

Carbon Efficient Crops to Supply All of our Compost needs for high production and Soil Building

The garden is designed so that half of the garden each season is in carbon efficient crops, so that we know we have enough high quality carbon to make enough compost, so that we have 2cm of compost to apply to every bed each time it is planted, which is the optimal amount to be growing soil and producing heavy quality crops.

Crop Rotation

The garden is also designed so that there is a rotation from heavy feeders to roots and legumes to carbon, then carbon again.


Carbon Crops sown in the Autumn: Front right garden bed: Oats and Peas Front left garden bed: lupins


Chicken Food

This garden design also includes 40 sq m of Flour Corn. We grow Bloody Butcher because of the super high levels of  high lignon carbon it produces, and also the weight of corn seed. We mostly use this to sprout and feed to our chickens.  Two years ago when the soil was far less mineralized than it is now we produced 1 kg of dry seed per sq m of bed. I believe we can at least double that if not 3x that weight. http://www.koanga.org.nz/two-people-living-off-a-200sqm-garden-plan-included/If we can do that we should be able to produce all the grain needed to feed our chickens, at a rate of   30 gms a day of dry corn which we sprout to become 70 gms per day of sprouted corn. We have the chickens in a forest garden also designed to produce a lot  of chicken food, as well as serious soldier fly farms.

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Food to Give Away

As our  soil gets better and better our beds are producing heavier crops and at this size garden we are sure we’ll have a lot f vegetables in season to give away to family and friends and neighbors


This garden has some built in income streams. I will be saving several seed lines to sell to Koanga tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, corn and carrots, as well as 20 sq m to plant into winter vege to supply Koanga with veges for the Spring PDC

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Perennial Vegetables

As well as this 200 sq m annual vege garden we have 50 sq m of perennial vegetables including  8m of  Purple asparagus, 5m of Purple Globe Artichokes, 4m of Seakale, 1m of Welsh Bunching onions and  2m of Rhubarb.


Koanga Garden Planner

This style of crop rotation and planning is explained in detail in the Koanga Garden Planner. This is a must have if you want to get serious about your home garden!


View The Garden Plan!

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If the idea of growing all your own food sounds exciting you should definitely consider attending one of our upcoming courses.

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Once in a Blue Moon!


This weekend marks many things for me. It is a big weekend. For one we’ll be holding a party… we’re celebrating the fact that we will own the ‘Home Block’ here on this land with no mortgages… all paid for by settlers who are coming to live here over the next year and by a few friends and supporters. That is huge for us and for the Koanga Institute after 5 years of it being really difficult and very stressful keeping the Institute going, and seeds alive. … I can’t say how much I appreciate all those of you who have helped us on this journey and who have watched from afar and sent in good vibes and emails etc etc. There are lot of us working for the good and the connections becoming stronger and stronger, I really feel that…. that is what makes the ‘web of life’.

Bob and I will also be celebrating 1 year of not buying any significant food at a supermarket. Bob and I and every body who has eaten meals cooked by me, have had food from this land only plus salt and olive oil, and a few spices.. cinnamon mainly, as well as apples from our local organic growers, whose wonderful produce we are lucky to have so close.. Actually, believe it or not it has been easy mostly. I can’t imagine ever going back to buying food, we should have done it years ago, we really could have. It’s an addiction or a habit or both once you have your own fruit, vege, milk and meat and eggs. There’s not much else needed.

I have put more of a focus in my garden on things like dried beans and peas.. which I’m enjoying more and more as I learn how to prepare them in ways my body likes! My favourite dried beans are Dalmatian Peans.. I think they are my favourite green beans too, they are what are called ‘sugar’ or ‘frost ‘ beans because they require along season and give most of their crop at the end of the season once it cools down. Check the website for more info on these, they are well worth a try. German Sugar beans are similar, as are Norridgewok Peans also available through Koanga. My favourite peas are those that are eaten as dry peas, eg Capucjyners and Dalmatian peas Whero peas and Blue peas. Now that we know we can actually grow these peas up Broad beans stalks and mixed in with oats being grown as a seed or carbon crop we’ll grow as many as we can simply by under planting other crops. I’m also a huge fan of Flaxseed (Essene) and Hulless barley. We grow these two crops every year and enjoy them more and more. So the set of seed crops we grow and relish is getting linger Austrian Hulless pumpkin seeds, Essebe Flax seed, Hulless barley, dry peas, dried beans. If you go here to the Weston Price Foundation website they have an excellent article with all the science on how long and at what temperature we need to soak our grains in order to remove the phytates.. very interesting!

The part that has been a challenge for me is that I was too busy to do a good job of the garden last Autumn and we have a very narrow range of vegetables this winter, on top of that it has been a very cold winter here, and on top of that the soils we are growing our food in are badly demineralized and it is a journey to sort that. We’re doing really well however with all of those things on top of each other right now, I’m not feeling as though I’m getting all the nutrition I need. I’m very aware that this is an issue we all need to be aware of when closing circles and eating more and more locally. It is easily possible we can miss out on key minerals or phytonutrients because they are not in our local soils, or plants. Indigenous people understood that, and ensured they maintained their health by not only following the principles set out by Weston Price Foundation but often also by trading critical highly sought after food items such as seaweed and fish for inland people’s. I’m going to buy karengo until I can source a local supplier as well as fish from a local fisherman for a while and see how I feel. SO…. This is the month to get planting. I’m putting in Essene Flaxseed, Hulless Barley (could be oats ), Broad beans underplanted with Whero peas, and Capucyjners, I’m planting our amazing Pukekohe Long Keeper onion seeds now as well as California Red.

Those of you in warmer climates will be able to plant far more (Moon calendar newly edited and updated!!). I think I’ll leave my early potatoes a little longer so I don’t have so much effort keeping them covered from frost .. but they will need to go in over the next 6 weeks.

In my forest garden I’m planting a few more support species trees, including a patch of basket willows so I can do a lot more weaving next winter, along with a couple of Cornus species which coppice to produce outstandingly bright coloured weaving material. another crab apple.. we love to eat them as well as make vinegar from them…we’ve chopped and dropped all the tagsaste, and planted our seabuckthorn, and it’s feeling pretty full/ Maybe room for a few more shade loving species as we discover them. Our Forest Garden Data base free to all on our website has recently been updated if you’re interested. Our chickens are laying flat out, and my perennial vege bed is al fed and mulched ready for the Spring flush of Purple asparagus, Purple Globe artichokes, and seakale… three of my very favourite vegetables.. that happen to be super nutritious as well as perennials!!!

I’m learning more all the time about Biochar and we make a big effort to turn our bones and all waste paper and cardboard and corn husks etc into char to add to our compost and animal feed. http://www.koanga.org.nz/once-in-a-blue-moon/Check out this amazing research article sent to us by Tim Barker… there is a life time of ideas here!!!!!

So as for all gardeners this past year has come to an end, the new season is here, and we have another opportunity to put into practice what we are constantly learning…. That is the gift of Life… I give thanks for that!

Arohanui Kay

Getting Organised – Top Greens for Spring!

Top Greens for Spring


1. Japanese Spinach.NZH.

From the Henry Harrington Collection in Southland this is a stunner for cold season eating. This spinach grows fast in the cold, grows big bunches of delicious greens great raw or cooked… an outstanding choice!


2. Borecole NZH

One of the few New Zealand heritage brassicas, so it is very special. It’s by far my favourite kale, and has dark green, large round thick leaves that are crinkly on the edges. It has excellent flavour!


3. Mignonette lettuce NZH

Buttercrunch, melting, red and delicious, reminds me of Grandma


4. Henry Harrington’s Chinese Cabbage NZH

Outstanding wide white stemmed cabbage from the early Chinese goldminers in Southland, is an outstanding base for Kim Chee , stir fries etc. etc.


5. Rocket

Always tastes great if well grown will be nutrient dense


6. Bloomsdale Spinach

Excellent lightly steamed or raw, dark green


7. Tatsoi

Always dark green and great in soup, or as stir fry vege, super easy to grow


8. Red Coral Mizuna

Magenta colour, excellent salad green stems super tasty


9. Dalmatian Cabbage aka Collards NZH

Open leaf cabbage, possibly the most nutritious brassica, excellent for all ways we use cabbage, sauerkraut etc etc.


10. Coriander

Can’t go past coriander while it’s still cool enough to grow well.

All of the above greens are excellent in green dressings made with olive oil and greens and a little vinegar and seasoning blended.

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Growing Out Rare Barley Lines

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Wow, it’s that time of the year again. here at Koanga our garden crew are planning their  seed gardens and getting ready to begin planting seeds. We follow our own Garden Planner to ensure we get crop rotation happening, enough carbon from every garden to make enough compost to maintain and grow the soil in that garden, as well as all cross-pollination issues sorted, isolation distances, and  minimum numbers as well as fitting one crop to that following to ensure  the most efficient use of our garden beds. The planning is huge job!

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To make it easier for you planning your home garden you can now search by crop rotation

This year we have 4 garden crew and  4 separate gardens operating and growing seed for you. Having 4 gardens including two isolation gardens will mean we can grow a few cultivars we previously were not able to.

Things such as Scarlett Flowered broad beans, an extra brassica, and a  few more of our amazing NZ heritage peas, an extra bean from the Phaseolus coccineus family (Runner beans)  and more.

As well as that  this month we are beginning a ‘grow out’ of all of the precious barley lines we hold. These are all ancient barley lines that come from all over the world, including India, Germany, Korea, Japan and Pakistan. Most of them came into this land over 20 years ago from K.U.S.A., a seed  saving organisation in the USA totally focused on saving our international heritage grains. They are incredibly rare and precious, and if we hadn’t been able to grow them out this year we may have lost the seed. The Essene flax seed we have in our catalogue is one of these ancient edible seeds, which actuality co-evolved in the fields with other grains such as barley and wheat. Essene flaxseed has become one of our food staples (you  plant it in August and September for best results)

Many of these cultivars were developed in India by a very special man 35 years ago for their ability to grow high quality food in difficult situations for the poor farmers, without external inputs. These are short season sumer cultivars.

Here is a taste of what we hold here: We are very very excited about these grains and find that they grow well in a home garden Biointensive situation and are productive and easy to use in the kitchen as well as being absolutely delicious. I had no idea ho delicious whole barley was until recently.

Following is a description (written by KUSA) of one of these cultivars we are holding and growing out, out of our collection that totals 19!!!


Sumire Mochi

Sumire Mochi, is a Spring growth habit, naked food-barley from Japan with purplish coloured grain and dynamic, vigorous tillering (production of grain bearing side shoots). Glutinous trait food barleys are very very rare, and this is one of them. It’s kernels contain the highly nutritious, efficiently assimilated, amylopectin starch. A very rare grain with outstanding agronomic performance and potential plus invaluable human nutritional properties.

We currently have 2 of these super special naked barley cultivars available to you, and hope to have lots more next season.

Growing plants for seed is not as flexible as growing them too eat, many crops must overwinter to get quality seed, that can actually be planted in Spring if you only want to eat them. We have been astounded this winter with many many -10 oC frosts and snow as well, to see how the Japanese Spinach handles these cold conditions. I love Japanese Spinach, it is my new cold season favourite. http://www.koanga.org.nz/growing-out-rare-barley-lines/The bunches are large, it grows in the cold, and tastes great. We’re eating the weaker plants in our Japanese Spinach bed now and will leave the best to grow to seed for you.



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