Tag Archives: winter

Seeds go Postal

9 Jul

A bit of a thrill today when seeds arrived via courier. The reasons I ordered them online were:

  • I was getting cross at the lack of herbs my local garden shop supplied (they’re great with veges and flowers though). Three times I went there looking for German Chamomile, with no luck for seeds or seedlings.
  • Getting things in the mail that aren’t bills is exciting.
  • It’s inexpensive.

It’s good to know there is no excuse for not planting your favourite herbs. It’s also a lovely winter thing to do so you can get some of the spring planting planned.



Door Sausages

20 Jun

I made door sausages today. Both the front and back doors have big gaps underneath them. If you place your hand by the floor, you can feel the rush of air. This week that air is freezing. Using a homemade door sausage works by:

  • keeping drafts to a minimum
  • saving electricity
  • using materials that might normally be chucked out
  • saving money (you don’t have to buy one at the shops)

The front door sausage had to be particularly large because it has a little step up. I folded an old towel in half and hand-stitched around it, leaving a gap. Then I stuffed it full of old sheets and cloth, and sewed up the gap. The back door sausage is a bit smaller – I was able to rip an old towel in half lengthways then stitch and stuff that. Not having a sewing machine shouldn’t be a reason not to sew. Hand stitching can work perfectly well. Especially when you have coffee and the tele on.


Snow Prep

18 Jun

Apparently it’s going to snow lots over the next few days. Christchurch as a city gets a bit panicky in the snow. We’ve had snow in the city every winter for the past few years – not a whole lot – but it’s still a big novelty. Most things shut down. Which must be hugely entertaining for the Canadians I think.

I thought it best to get the garden ready this afternoon. The thing about gardening though, is that weather happens. You can only do so much to help the plants. Sometimes they die. That’s life. ┬áMy task list was pretty small:

  • stake all the large broadbeans (a couple of months ago it snowed and they got hammered). They look a bit wonky in the pic below. That’s because I ran out of tights to tie them up. I will have cold legs.
  • pick all the ripe limes, lemons and mandarins
  • tuck the seedlings away in their house
  • put the shovel and secateurs close to the garage entrance
  • admire my winter garden while it still looks good . . . because next week it may all be under water
  • open the doors of the house to give it a big dose of fresh air before we hunker down


What’s quite good about this Sustainability Wench bizzo, is that if the shops shut, I can:

The hardest bit will be keeping the small fry entertained.

New Drink on the Block

4 Jun

To embrace my inner Hippy, I’ve started to drink apple cider vinegar and honey. There are supposedly loads of health benefits, which I’m too lazy to Google. The main reasons I drink it are:

  • It’s really fast to make.
  • I need another hot drink option for the upcoming winter months.
  • It tastes pretty good.

You’ve got to buy the apple cider vinegar that includes the ‘mother’. This is the cloudy bit at the bottom that indicates it’s not filtered or pasteurised (thereby retaining fermentation residues). I think I’ve got that right. Once again, too lazy to Google. I got mine from a health food shop.

I put 1 teaspoon of the vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey in a mug, add hot water and stir, then drink.

That’s it. Just don’t take a big whiff through your nose as you drink, or the vinegar makes your eyes water a tad.