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Any time now is a good time to sow broad (fava) beans. They are a favorite of us who grow gardens in cooler areas as they germinate in the cold, and they prefer heavier soil.

Prepare the ground for broad beans with bone dust for it’s phosphates and sprinkle some lime around and rake it in. A small laundry scoop worth per 1m2 (10sqft) is about right for both of these things.

Compost heaps will  need protection from the rain and snow, so now is a great time to either erect a tin roof over them or to wrap them in a tarp to keep them warm and dry.


Fruit trees will start appearing in the nursery stores shortly. If you are thinking about grafting your own trees this is the time you should look at what root stock you would like to buy and where to get your scion wood from.

It pays to get in early when purchasing fruit trees as the popular types sell out quickly.

Be sure to check which trees need which pollinators, and make sure you choose accordingly.

For further reading, I really recommend all of these books. I own every one of them and they are amazing resources!








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Dana is a homesteading, homeschooling mama to 3, based in the south of New Zealand.

She is a Certified Ketogenic Living Coach, and natural wellness expert, as well as a Registered Nurse, with post grad training in mothers and babies. She has struggled with infertility and PCOS and conceived all 3 babies naturally.

Dana is passionate about natural health and gentle parenting. With a background in well child / baby nursing she loves sharing what she knows with mamas, mamas-to-be and mama-want-to-be’s.

She enjoys getting out in the garden, or just sitting at the beach in the sun. Dana also blogs about fertility and pregnancy at, coaches people through and creates meal plans for

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