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From now on in, every time there is is a mild day, the urge to sow seeds will arise. However, unless you have the most fantastic site, you are a long way off being able to do this.

You can, if you please, sow some broad / fava beans, early peas and turnips. These will germinate best when covered in a cloche or cold frame.

Some people like to put in early potatoes now, but I prefer to wait a little while longer.


Apple or pear trees infested with wooly aphids, scale or red spiders should be sprayed with a winter oil spray. Ensure you cover all the parts of the tree.

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