Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


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.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Commerce Commission: Appeals Record $2.25m Fine In Vodafone FibreX Case

The Commerce Commission has filed an appeal in the High Court against a record $2.25 million fine imposed on Vodafone NZ Limited (Vodafone) for its offending under the Fair Trading Act during its FibreX advertising campaign. While the sentence imposed in the Auckland District Court on April 14 was the largest-ever fine under the Fair Trading Act, the Commission will argue that it is manifestly inadequate... More>>

All District Health Boards: Historic Pay Equity Settlement

An historic agreement has been ratified that addresses a long-standing undervaluation of a workforce that is critical to the smooth running of our hospitals and the delivery of healthcare... More>>

MPI: Dry Autumn In Waikato And South Auckland Leads To Drought Classification Drought conditions affecting the primary sector in the Waikato and South Auckland were today classified as a medium-scale adverse event, enabling a package of support for farmers and growers... More>>

Barfoot & Thompson: Rents Up By Around 3% In Most Areas

The average weekly rent paid for homes in most areas of Auckland has risen by around 3 percent year-on-year. The figures for end March from more than 16,000 properties... More>>

DoC: Smeagol The ‘Gravel Maggot’ Leaves Its Rare Mark On The Remote West Coast
An extremely rare species of sea slug or ‘gravel maggot’ has been detected for the first time on a remote beach in South Westland... More>>

Immigration: Annual Net Migration Loss Of 7,300

The provisional net loss of 7,300 people in the year ended March 2022 was the lowest net migration for a March year since 2012, Stats NZ said today... More>>