Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Food Forest workshop next Sunday 24th Jan - Oamaru

With a couple of big projects on, and plenty of writing work, I've not been blogging at all lately. I do intend to continue to bring this blog back to life once our projects have been completed and I have my work-life balance back in order.

For now here is a chance you for you get involved in creating your own food forest. If you're in the Oamaru area next weekend I'm running an afternoon food forest workshop. We'll cover the basics of how a food forest works, the seven layers, and how to get started. Get in touch if you'd like to register. For the incredible full program of events at the Sustainable Skills Summer School here is the link:

Hope to see you there!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Bee Aware...

Two days left to get your copy of this months beginner beekeeping story! Next instalment is out 1st October.

Right now our bees are looking fantastic! They have a great spot - all day sun, shelter from the southerlies and we can watch them from the deck.

Many bees out and about in your garden yet? This month is Bee Aware month - be sure to plant some seeds for the bees this month.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Becoming a Bee-Keeper

Over the next 12 months I'm becoming a qualified bee-keeper - you can follow my story in the Kiwi Gardener Magazine.

The first article is out now - next article out on 3rd September.

Bees are seriously interesting...

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Interview on Radio NZ National

Well done Sam! My husband Sam Lees - spreading the word on Radio NZ National about Incredible Edible Geraldine, where we plant food in public spaces for all to enjoy. Have a listen (Sam starts at about 9.30mins) and visit

Sam's Interview on Radio NZ - starts approx 9.40mins

Monday, 27 July 2015

A magnificent July

It may be winter, but we haven't slowed down.

Jan Hill (beloved Children's Writer and Poet)
planting her tree which was dedicated to her for the Orchard of Legends

The Orchard of Legends was rolled out this month, with a phenomenally positive response from the community. 

Worker Bee

I'm training to become a qualified bee-keeper - an eye opening journey and one which I'm writing about in the Kiwi Gardener Magazine, first article out on the 6th August.

Swan plant going to seed

One of the most beautiful plants in our forest garden right now.
Swan Plant, the seeds are glorious.

Receiving a Commendation Award at the Trust Power Community Awards
on behalf of Incredible Edible Geraldine

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Singing about vegies & permaculture

My favourite band and my favourite husband.

Hanging out with the Formidable Vegetable Sound System at the Ukefest over the weekend.

A lot of fun.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Wax Eyes

Only a few apples remain on each tree. 

On bitterly cold days like these, every last morsel is being enjoyed.

Saturday, 20 June 2015


A month of stark contrasts.

A good harvest of beets, becomes pickle to die for.

Perfect early winter carrots

A visit from PGG Go Organic class

Our forest garden, in it's infancy, covered in Friday's snow. 

My daughter in the valley