EXTEND AN OLIVE BRANCH
Plant an olive tree to pickle or press for oil. No room for a traditional Mediterranean grove of olives? Choose a self-fertile variety. In a larger garden try vigorous ’Frantoio’ for pickling, or for a compact, shrubby tree in a small garden or large pot, ‘Koroneiki’ yields high-quality oil. ‘Koroneiki’ has small fruit but plenty of them. Olives grow well in many parts of New Zealand but they don’t like wet winter soil. Plant in full sun in a warm, sheltered spot with well-drained soil that isn’t overly fertile.
Try Bokashi composting
Small garden? Not enough material to make regular compost? Then Bokashi bucket composting could be for you. This anaerobic process turns food scraps into useful liquid fertiliser and the resulting fermented material can then be dug back into the soil to break down. The system relies on
inoculated bran to ferment the kitchen waste. An advantage is that you can add items such as citrus, meat, fish, dairy and leftover food that couldn’t normally be composted or put in worm farms. The liquid, which collects in the lower chamber of the fermenter, is easily drawn out via a spigot, or tap.
Gardening by the moon It’s the full moon phase, so little can be done. Cultivate only. Full moon 1.37am Plant root crops, such as onions. Cultivate and weed only.