As I sit here writing this to you all, I am hoping everyone has had a fantastic spring in the garden and hopefully most, if not all your crops are planted and watered and mulched and maybe even some things are at harvest stage! I know we have been enjoying the spring salads and garden peas and asparagus (hopefully in the range next season)! Not to mention making kimchi from our chi hi li cabbage and daikon radishes. Here is hoping they set seed beautifully so we can add this fantastic radish to our range next year!
But the real reason I decided to stop the gardening and hit the keyboard was to let you all know about an amazing Giveaway I have put together with some other amazing NZ based eco businesses for you this holiday season.
For all the permaculturists, gardeners, and planet loving folks out there, check out this Gift Basket we have crafted with you all in mind. See details below and how to enter to win. Best of luck to you all, and if you win it, you could give it away, but I bet you will want to keep it as there are so many goodies included 😊
What you could win:
We've gathered the best of the best to nurture you and your garden this summer. This exclusive giveaway, valued at $300, can only be entered from Everkind's Instagram page. So, head over now and be in to WIN!
Every comment counts as an entry - tag all your gardening friends and all those gardeners-to-be, they'll love you for it!
❂ A $50 voucher for plants from Kahikatea Farm, a certified organic nursery specialising in plants for permaculture systems, including perennial vegetables, unusual fruit and nuts, pollinator plants, stock fodder, dye plants, and the largest range of medicinal herbs in the country.
❂ A $50 Edible Garden voucher for you to choose from the Edible Garden range of heritage pip & stone fruit, nut trees, citrus and berries and more!
❂'Pruning with Confidence' by Kath Irvine from Edible Backyard. This delightful book unbundles the complicated world of pruning and provides step-by-step instructions for all us beginners. Valued at $27.
❂'Re-Food' by Emily King from Spira, who advocates for a food systems approach to Aotearoa New Zealand's troubled food networks – one that takes into account the full paths and processes from the farm to the family table. Valued at $45.
❂ 10 seed packets from Setha's Seeds that can still be sown this season! Setha's Seeds are top quality, organic heritage seeds for home gardeners. Valued at $30.
❂ A gorgeous bundle of regenerative garden guides by Greenbridge. Designed By Greenbridge to be pulled out project by project, and packed with juicy info that covers all sorts of regen topics. Valued at $35 but really priceless!
❂ A Feeling Fabulous gift box from Everkind. This special gift bundles Everkind's three best sellers together - Summer, Plush and Ultra. - all now packaged in purely paper. Valued at $66.
Want to know more about the amazing Wāhine behind these amazing offerings?
❂ Amanda-Jane is a fellow gardener and once grew garlic commercially before developing her eco brand skin products Everkind which is winning business awards for excellence non-stop! If you are looking for natural deodorant that works, give hers a try! You won't be disappointed. And there are so many other fine products she has created to nurture our bodies.
❂ Kath is a bit of a legendary gardener and garden coach who inspires me every time I open her newsletter and read about everything I should be doing in my garden and orchard. Look no further for top notch advice on all things garden and fruit tree! Her latest book, The Edible Garden, should be on every gardener's shelf.
❂ Bena from Greenbridge offers consultancy for small and large properties wanting to have smart design systems inspired from permaculture practices. Their consult on our property was amazing leaving me with so many ideas to implement, worth every penny for their advice!
❂ Emily, a food systems specialist recently released her 1st book Re-food (one of the Giveaway prizes) which has accolades from legendary food thinkers such as Frances Moore Lappé, wow!
❂ Jo from Kahikatea Farm has been a mentor for me ever since I had the pleasure of working in her permaculture plant nursery all those years ago. She has gathered and grown the largest range of medicinal herbs and permaculture friendly plants in NZ. If food forests are your thing, or you want them to be, then I cannot recommend enough her Food Forest course which taught me so much about how to successfully establish your own food forest.
❂ Sarah from Edible Gardens has supplied us with almost all of our fruit and nut trees because her trees are the best and super healthy and she has all the varieties anyone who knows what they should be looking for to plant! A must stop if in Ashhurst, or available through her Catalogue.
These amazing wahine and I have been meeting monthly to offer each other friendship, mentorship and general good vibes ever since Bena suggested the idea this winter. I am so glad I am part of this group and extra glad I get to share about them and their amazing businesses with you all today.
Thanks for listening, supporting us and being gardeners! I truly hope your silly season and gardens flourish this year!