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What’s in your compost pile? Training veges & Broccoli salad recipe

I hope you’re all enjoying the warmer weather & getting some quality (evening) time in the garden. This week we peeked under the tarp covering our compost pile & got a lovely surprise, we also have suggestions for training those young veges in your garden (I like to call it Vege-Gate) & as promised I’ve included my ‘summer favourite’ recipe for a fantastic Broccoli Salad. Enjoy.

Bokashi Family Travels

It has been a little while since I have written because our family were very fortunate to enjoy a holiday in Scotland during September and October. Some of you may know that I hail from this small (but mighty) country. We had such a magnificent time and enjoyed far too many adventures to comment on, but I thought I might share a few gardens with you.

Whether that Spring Weather’s a joke

Here’s Baxter enjoying a sunny Spring Day – but, If I could pick an anthem for Spring it would be “4 Seasons in 1 Day”. Spring’s a tempermental season (at best), but whatever the weather does it’s time to get BUSY in the garden. And, NO matter the weather, the busier you are now, the better the crop in summer. I’ve jotted down a few helpful pointers and a great Spring Gardening joke (well baxter & Dougal love it) just for you…

Sale (Labour Weekend) & Xmas Spud Update

Here at Bokashi Boost we love a bargain (maybe it has something to do with me being Scottish?!), and so we’re heading into SALE once more. This sale will help you get your garden super-ready for the ‘BIG Plant Out’ over Labour Weekend. Bokashi fans will remember our last sale was timed to give everybody a ‘Boost’ (pun intended) to help prep for the Xmas Spud Plant-Out. Catch up with sale news & how our delish-Xmas tatties are doing here.

Recipe for ALL Celery fans

I am a big celery fan and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I think humble celery is generally seen as a bit of an underdog, but not by me. I use a bunch a week, and if I open my fridge and there’s no celery looking back at me I feel a bit edgy. As often happens in the garden, it’s ALL ready at the same time, and right now we seem to have an abundance of Celery. So I went in search of some Celery laden recipes to share, hope you enjoy the soup as much as Baxter did…

Life lessons from our Fig

On top of being the Bokashi Boost Dad I’m also an Outdoor Educator. Last week I was with a very hardy group of young people learning about bush survival up Mount Arthur. Bush survival has a lot to do with preparation, so when I got back home I put some time into preparing our beloved fig tree for a fabulous new season. Pruning! And tho I get a little bit tougher on our fabulous Fig tree every year he NOT only survives, but thrives, much like my students…

What to do when it rains all week?

In Nelson it’s been wet, wet, wet!
Luckily we don’t have any areas that are prone to collecting pools of water, but we do have a few ‘squelchy’ patches! Which make for great entertainment if you are 18 months old: mud and little Baxter are now very firm friends. The winter harvest’s yield is slimmer pickings, but we did enjoy some beautiful winter broccoli this week. Read More to see the pic…

Time to Dig-In

This week’s been busy week for our family, most of our garden-time has been spent simply tidying up. Although that’s NOT super glamorous, it always feels good to get it done. Fortunately, digging in our Bokashi Buckets couldn’t be easier, which is great there’s always time to get it buried and allow all that EM goodness to start working hard. Of course Baxter likes to get involved too, so sometimes the process takes a little longer than either Dougal or I have planned! But it’s ALL IN and we’re on target for planting our spuds come 1st September.

Out in the garden at Mum’s place

Hi everyone, last week I went down to Christchurch to see my lovely mum and while I was down there we got stuck into her garden. Did a bit of pruning, got a trailer load of cuttings, waste (& wrecked wheelbarrow), had a good tidy up, emptied all the compost bins & most importantly got Mum’s Bokashi buried.

Plan for Bokashi Christmas Spuds

Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you – it’s time to start thinking about delicious, steaming bowls of beautiful Christmas new potatoes slathered in melting butter. “Yum Yum Yum” says Baby Baxter (hiding in the vege. patch). So, please, ‘Read On’ for a SPUD-A-LICIOUS Christmas…