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Blue Borage composting and edible gardening workshops are a super way to learn about organic gardening while socialising with like-minded people.  Popular topics include composting, worm farming, seed sowing, container gardening, basic biodynamics, edible flowers and growing microgreens. All taught from the perspective of a biodynamic practitioner using no synthetic fertilisers, no toxic pesticides or fungicides, avoiding plastic, and encouraging a hyperlocal circular food system.  Her...

February 5, 2021

Seed sowing for summer

Is 2021 the year you will start growing more from seed? Midsummer is a great time of year to start seed sowing. You might begin with microgreens to ease into the rhythms of watering on a daily basis, or you could go straight to salad greens and flowers.  Benefits of growing your garden from seed include saving money, growing in bulk with ease, staggering crops so you get just what you want a little at a time, and then there's the joy of picking out unusual varieties that garden centres...

January 31, 2021

Compost as Art: the 2021 Living Soil Installation

This is a poster I created as a fun branding exercise, imagining what could be possible if I were to create something that was a joyous expression of the world I want to help create. This has been sitting on my computer for a few months, whispering to me every now and then.... ...

January 23, 2021

Online Courses

If you've been to one of my workshops or you're following Blue Borage on social media, then you have had a taster of the Blue Borage approach of edible gardening: simple, creative, innovative and circular. Take a look at the other topics I teach - there's a good chance they will also resonate.  If you haven't been to one of my workshops, then there are a few possible starting places... my goal is to help you gain confidence in the garden, find your own style of gardening, become fascin...

January 23, 2021

Tips for Successful Summer Gardening

Have you ever bought a big trolley full of plants, got them home, planted them, and then found a few days later that everything was curled up, dry and without life? It can be so discouraging, but NOT a reason to give up on your garden this summer.  Here are some tips for starting a new garden, or reviving your garden in the middle of summer. ...

January 20, 2021

Super Simple Hot Compost - 4 Steps to Success

Here at Blue Borage we are keen to see gardeners everywhere embrace biodynamic composting. The easiest place to start is by turning your garden waste into soil. Keep weeds in the garden??  Yes, all of them. ...

January 13, 2021

Would you like some help planning your edible garden?

Sometimes there is just too much information to sift through and it really helps to make swift progress by getting expert advice on what you could do with your space. This is when the Blue Borage kitchen garden coaching services are of most use.  Over the last few years this has evolved from a one-off meeting into a three month coaching package with a range of optional products and services.  Will it continue to evolve? Probably! Here's how the service is currently set up - y...

January 11, 2021

Beneficial Weeds & Companion Plants

I love weeding my garden - not just because it ends up a bit tidier with space to plant more seedlings, but because of the buckets of fresh green weeds I collect for making compost. This green material is the one thing I always seem to run out of as I build hot compost piles, so bit by bit I've started growing lots of these 'extra' plants.  Would you like a handy list of the useful weeds, herbs and flowers that you can grow just for your compost?  Here's a PDF file you can print out an...

January 11, 2021

Why grow yarrow?

Yarrow is one of my favourite herbs, but it took biodynamic compost to spark my curiosity about it. Once I saw how effective the compost preparations were, I simply had to learn about each of the plants.  What follows is a sneak peak into the online course on herb gardening, due for release on 18/1/21. At the moment, you can access this content through the Blue Borage Summer School, a bundle with 11 courses. ...

January 10, 2021

Gardening by the Moon: How/What/Why

As a biodynamic gardener, I've been buying moon calendars for a decade now. To start with, it was out of curiosity - the description of all the planetary movements was fascinating, and I wanted to align my planting with a larger ecosystem than what was immediately visible to me.  It's a nice idea, but in real life I found it challenging. I would hold off on making compost or planting seeds, only to reach the 'perfect' time and find the weather suddenly turned bad: nobody want...

January 2, 2021

You too can turn your garden waste into soil

Are you looking around your garden and feeling like it's all growing a little too fast? Early summer is good for making hot compost, because you can cut back all the weeds, overgrown trees, and get the green waste into a hot compost pile which may just be ready to use by May, when you'll be planting out your garden for the winter. Here's a handy pdf download to start gathering materials to make a giant compost pile.  ...

December 16, 2020

Human Design & Your Garden

Have you come across Human Design yet? I am fascinated by it, have been studying it off and on for 5 years, and now, as 2020 comes to a close, I'm getting curious about how I can blend my studies with my work, to one day become the 'Human Design Compost Consultant'.  Read on to learn a little more about this system... ...

December 6, 2020

Notes from the 2020 Biodynamic Online Conference

I've been a member of the Biodynamic Association of North America for a few years - it started with a webinar I really wanted to attend, and the membership tiers had been freshly established so that for just US$10 I could access a huge amount of content.  The conference fee was a little more of a stretch... and I did have to ponder it for a few days. In the end I decided I just really needed to spend time with the people I admire most - and I have no regrets.  The n...

November 13, 2020

Regenerative, Biodynamics, Permaculture - what method does Blue Borage use?

Here at Blue Borage biodynamics guides all gardening and composting. Did you know biodynamics is one of the earliest methods of modern organic agriculture? It is inherently regenerative - healing the land while also growing crops, improving the quality of the soil year upon year. When it comes to permaculture and all the other great gardening methods I'm no expert... I have many close friends who are devoted to approaches like Korean Natural Farming, Food Forests, the use of biochar, s...

October 14, 2020

Mrs D's Bird Sanctuary

When I was little we used to spend Christmas with my grandparents in Timaru, and I have vague memories of their garden being full of delights - raspberries, redcurrents and roses. It probably wasn't all that big, but for a little person it felt magical - ample space to sit and enjoy the summer and hide from the rest of the family for some peace and quiet. I felt a similar sense of magical tranquility when I first saw Mrs D's garden, and the more I learned, the more I fell in love ...

October 14, 2020

The Workplace Edible Garden: What, Why & How

Note: Skip to the end for all the downloadable resources...

October 11, 2020

Hugelkultur (in a raised bed garden)

Hugelkultur, or hugelkultr is a fantastic tool for conserving water in your garden. It's also a super method if you are trying to transform clay soil. I've been experimenting with this method in raised beds, and so far it's working really REALLY well.  So before you fill your brand new raised beds with top quality garden mix, take a look at this process: ...

October 8, 2020

'Soil with Soul' - the Blue Borage approach to home composting

This is just one possible road map to composting success. I'd love to hear where you are on the journey, and if you are interested in taking the next steps towards even better compost. ...

September 28, 2020

Gardening Inspiration

Surround yourself with beauty and wonder - easier said than done.  Every now and then I come across an amazing article, video, book or movie, and this blog post is an attempt to collect some of these together in one spot. ...

September 3, 2020

Where should my food scraps go?

Did you know what you do with your food scraps has the potential to help or hinder our food system?  I've been an avid home composter for so many years, that every now and then I forget some people aren't. And I must confess, I make a terrible lunch guest, as I'm liable to sort through the rubbish of caterers and encourage them to send compostable cups to a composting facility, and take the food scraps home with me. Yip. It's embarrassing. I can't watch food scraps go to landfill ...

August 24, 2020

Back in lockdown in Auckland... where to start with your gardening?

After a three day pause to normality we are now in two weeks of Level 3 restrictions. And it may be even longer, right? Whatever happens at the end of August, right now there are kids at home, people working from home, and so many people suddenly out of work needing to save money - possibly by growing their own food.  Something we all have in common is the need for fresh air and exercise, right?  Confession: I'm a total homebody, and I love getting my exercise in the garden. In my...

August 13, 2020

Why Blue Borage? Some of Katrina's Background

I was mesmerised by biodynamics, and found myself creating edible gardens for friends - over and over again. Someone said to me I should start a business doing what I love, and after a good deal of thought, it just seemed like a good thing to try. The name Blue Borage came about because I wanted to blend food, soil and bee-friendly gardening, to present a picture of calm & tranquility, with the floral delicacy of these beautiful edible blooms. What I didn't realise at the time was that...

July 18, 2020

A little less plastic: a few practical tips

Each year we get the message to reduce our plastic use - how does it make you feel?  I talk to a lot of home gardeners, and there's an overwhelming sense of "Yes, but HOW?"  Here are a few tips of what I've tried over the last few years: it never seems like huge progress, but every little bit helps, right?  My position on plastic is summed up in this motto given to the very first Waldorf teachers by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, and I think it's a motto that could be applied i...

July 12, 2020

Foodies who love gardening: Gina Thomas

Here's a second wintery soup recipe from Gina Thomas, the boss at Rampant Coffee, which is that cute little cafe in New Lynn, in the distinctive brick building by the Community Centre.  Is Gina really the boss? It changes month to month, so you'll have to pop into the cafe to see whether it's 'The Big Guy' or 'The Mrs' who is currently in charge. ...

May 27, 2020

Winter Wellness: Plant a Soup Garden

For the gardener each season has highlights, and winter is no different. In Auckland the winter is so mild that we can fortunately grow a lot of vegetables, and don't have to spend the autumn pickling and preserving. One year of Siberian winter was enough for me, that's for sure! Here are some steps written for the beginner gardener, which include how to build a low cost, no dig garden bed (it's May 2020, and many businesses are trading under restrictions regarding contactless service - it makes...

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