Simone - Picnics and Paddocks's Spring Vegie Growing Challenge 2018

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Courgette or Zucchini?

Simone - Picnics and Paddocks is talking about growing Zucchini from Northland

Courgette or Zucchini?

Fun fact - courgette and zucchini are the same thing. Zucchini is Italian and courgette is French.

I’ve always known they’re the same vegetable, but only learnt recent...

Read on | comments | Posted at 08:11am on 4th November 2018

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Summer and Salad

Simone - Picnics and Paddocks is talking about growing Cabbage, Lettuce, Spinach from Northland

When I think of summer I think of camping, trips to the beach and BBQs shared with family and friends. BBQ nights always mean delicious, creative salads. Naturally, this means that I plant a lot of my own salad ingredients - Salad mixes, green ...

Read on | comments | Posted at 14:11pm on 3rd November 2018

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Eat Fresh - Garden to Table

Simone - Picnics and Paddocks is talking about growing Beetroot, Herbs, Lettuce, Spinach from Northland

It's been cold, wet and windy here today. When I got home from work I decided that this kind of weather called for some home comfort food. I popped out to my kitchen garden and picked lettuce, a baby beetroot, baby spin...

Read on | comments | Posted at 19:11pm on 1st November 2018

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Crunchy Carrot Tips and A Recipe to Share

Simone - Picnics and Paddocks is talking about growing Carrot from Northland

Two years ago I tried to grow my first row of carrots… from a punnet… into old top soil… without digging the garden over…

I was so looking forward to harvesting some crunchy carrots, but as you can i...

Read on | comments | Posted at 14:10pm on 31st October 2018

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Mini Challenge Three - Growing Kumara

Simone - Picnics and Paddocks is talking about growing Pumpkin from Northland

I've never grown kumara before, but thought I'd have a go this year. I haven't seen any kumara slips at our local Mitre 10 so ended up buying a bundle of red kumara slips from our local growers market on Saturday morning. 

I wanted...

Read on | comments | Posted at 16:10pm on 30th October 2018