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Self-sufficiency in suburbia

18 December 2006

Self-sufficiency in suburbia

The editor of New Zealand’s number one gardening magazine is putting her money where her mouth is – by attempting to grow all her own food in 2007.

NZ Gardener editor Lynda Hallinan has made an early New Year’s resolution to embark on a 12 month inner-city self-sufficiency experiment in her quarter-acre Auckland backyard.

“Homegrown food is fresher, cheaper and tastier – and it’s easier to get started than you might think. I want to encourage all Kiwi gardeners to put in their own vegetable patch in 2007 so I’m leading by example,” she says.

“Vegetable gardening is enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity overseas – in fact, the latest trends research report from the US Garden Media Association describes growing your own fruit and vegies as ‘a new status symbol of luxury’.”

Starting in the January issue of NZ Gardener, Lynda will share her cropping challenges and coups in a new monthly column called The Good Life.

The January issue also features 15 gourmet edibles – from stripy heirloom beetroot to a giant lettuce that tastes like American hot dog mustard – and includes practical tips for designing contemporary edible gardens.

NZ Gardener also visits gardens in Taranaki, Hamilton, Tauranga, Christchurch and Southland and lists essential tasks and helpful hints to keep your garden looking great in summer.

The January issue is on sale from Monday 18 December and retails for $6.80.


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