I’ve said it before, that February is the best month to sow seeds in New Zealand. Late summer sowings can include vegetables, flowers and herbs. I’ve loved my cornflower ‘dwarf blue’, calendula ‘nova’ and tagetes ‘eskimo’ this year mixed in with the vegetables. The only things you’ll get to pick from your garden will be the ones you’ve sown or planted. Not everything will work but the ones left in the packet definitely won’t.
Rocket can go in, as can lots of lettuces. If you’re tired of coriander going to seed in the heat, sow some now for a long-lasting crop. Same goes for dill and fennel if you’re a liquorice-lover. Bulb fennel and celery love the cooler days too. Plus pak choi and other Asian greens such as mizuna, mibuna and Chinese cabbage (great for fermentation projects). Not so Asian greens of cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and kale will all do well. I’ve made a wonderful red slaw with beetroot, red cabbage, cranberries and walnuts this week. Plus beetroot relish from a beetroot too big to eat roasted or raw.
I’ve loved The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death and Happiness book recently. Plus the gorgeous ‘The French Dog‘ book by acclaimed Kiwi photographer, Rachael McKenna.