I am a gardener living in Christchurch, New Zealand.  I live 8 minutes by bicycle away from the centre of the city, which in Christchurch, is Cathedral Square.

I live in my townhouse, which is on the end of a row of 6 townhouses, and I use the patch of common land next to my house as my own garden (I do of course share the produce with the other townhouse owners).  In the eight years since I bought this house, my daughter and I have converted this patch of dirt from a lawn with a large 3 metre wide hedge shading it, to a thriving organic garden, with an area for sitting next to scented plants, a shed, a large compost bin, and everything a gardener needs.

I love cooking and I get excited when I come up with new recipes for the particularly prolific vegetables I have.  I also like growing slightly different veges, things which are a bit gourmet.  When I harvest anything, I write down the date, and how much it weighed.  It helps me keep track of how successful I’ve been.  I also like to write down what that produce is selling for as an organic vegetable in the shops.  Then add up how much my harvest would be worth if I’d bought it.

What fun.

As I write, (October 11, 2008) I am living alone with my 13 year old daughter.  We do all the work in the garden ourselves, and try to use recycled material whereever possible.  So we have hauled home bricks, concrete blocks, wood, paving stones etc etc mostly by ourselves.

Here is a list of the work we have completed in our garden so far. 

Had a gate built to stop dogs running onto our property; had a shed built for our bikes, cut down a tree, cut down a 6 metre high, 3 metre wide and 12 metre long hedge, chipped it, and used the chips in our garden, built two large compost heaps, battle convulvulus continually, built up 7 raised gardens and surrounded them with concrete blocks and bricks, used fabric cloches, created a hot box with a glass lid, transplanted scented roses which we had in our house in the north island, grown a chamomile lawn, paved our own courtyard, made mosaic paths, planted a lemon tree, built a sitting area with a trellis side and top (we call it the bus shelter as that is what it resembles) and are presently growing another chamomile lawn and making more mosaics for the paths. 

It’s good to have a record of what we have done and what we are doing, and this is what the blog is for.





3 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 alexin December 17, 2008 at 5:10 am

    this is amazing!

  2. 2 Hi December 29, 2009 at 12:43 am


    In your calendula tonic, how much calendula in strength is effective to take in any on time. How do you mearsure that?

  3. 3 undermyhat December 29, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Daily, a teaspoon of calendula tonic was drunk. I only saw how effective it was by the results. However, it was also being used externally as a toner after cleansing. This is not scientific, I am not a medical professional, so each person can only experiment and observe closely on themselves.

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