Permaculture in Action

Friday, December 4, 2015

Summer CSA

Our summer CSA started this week.  Good spring rains have meant that we are off to a flying start. We had a little scare a few weeks back with a hail storm that shredded the newly planted summer crops. But I was quick to give all the plants a tonic of seaweed which I believe gave them just the pick me up they needed after such a shock.

The cucumbers were the worst hit by the hail but have come back beautifully.

Tomatoes growing around the edge of the mandala gardens. We grow Tommy toes and Romas as we find they are least affected by fruit fly

Purple King beans growing in one of the mandala beds. We like to grow the purple variety as they are easier to see amongst the foliage making harvesting a little easier. They turn green once cooked.

Potatoes growing in a mandala bed

Long beds at the front of the mandala gardens. We use the pigs to cultivate these beds whereas the chickens cultivate the round beds. You can just see one of the chicken domes in the background.
A herb posy was part of the box this week. For those of you not familiar with all the herbs I've taken a photo for you. 
The lemon balm and lemon verbena make a beautiful drink. Leave a few leaves of each to steep in boiling water. Lovely to drink either hot or cold.

We have a few places left for our CSA this season. Please contact me via email if you would like to subscribe to receiving a beautifu box of lovely fresh produce each week for the next 3 months. Local area only.

Our workshops and courses have now been finalised. We have a Gift Voucher available for those of you who would like to give a gift of knowledge this Christmas.

It's wonderful to be back here in this space after such a long time. Our internet access was so poor for so long that I found the whole thing just too frustrating. But now our interent connection is much more reliable and I look forward to sharing with you the goings on of our little farm.


  1. I'm so glad your crops were able to bounce back. Its a scary time when the elements are intense. But you're producing again, and it looks like nothing happened. Lovely, green and bursting. I hope your CSA places, get filled soon. :)

  2. Welcome back, Kate ☺

  3. I look forward to seeing more of your garden! Great tip for giving plants a boost after stress, I wouldn't have thought of that :)

  4. Oh I'm so glad I didn't give up on you and flick you from my sidebar when I was 'cleaning up' on my blog! So lovely to hear from you again, Kate!
    Your gardens are looking so lush and beautiful and makes me ashamed that I've not got anything much growing yet this year. Its just been so hectic these last couple of months and I keep putting the gardening off….oh well, after Christmas, I say!
    Looking forward to catching up on all your happenings xx

  5. Thanks Evi Liz Cynthia and Chris. so glad to hear from you all and that I haven't been dropped from your sidebars. xxx

  6. Kate it is good to have you back. I have not had much time to read other blogs over the last few months so am playing catch up. We are looking to do mandala gardens with chicken domes when we move to NZ but we are concerned that our chickens will bee too cold and that the strong winds will just blow the domes away. I would love to see more photos of your garden and chicken domes. I wish lived closer so I could visit.