Educational and inspirational gardening guides to help you bring your garden dreams to life. From plant pointers to harvesting hacks, our how-to articles are designed to help break down the knowledge barrier to gardening.

How to get rid of rats and mice in the garden | Sage Journal x Goodnature
How to get rid of rats and mice in the garden
A comprehensive guide for gardeners when it comes to dealing with rats and mice in the garden (or inside!) — in partnership with Goodnature. Rodents are part of the not-so-glamorous side of gardening and tending to the land. They love your edible harvests and compost bins — and, particularly in autumn, they're looking for shelter and food to stash for the colder months ahead. 
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A Beginner’s Guide to Foraging — A Forager’s Life

Helen Lehndorf is a life-long forager and Manawatū-based writer. In Helen’s latest book, A Forager’s Life, she seamlessly weaves memoir with foraging principles, practices and recipes. It’s an intimate story and a promise that much can be made of the world around us.

Here you’ll find a snippet from Helen’s helpful appendices: A beginner’s guide to foraging.

Words from A Forager’s Life by Helen Lehndorf

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How to: Create a Thriving Edible Backyard — Kath Irvine

Kath Irvine is a renowned organic gardening and permaculture expert and author. Through her writing and consults, she helps people create productive, beautiful and, most of all, easy gardens. 

In this interview, Kath shares her gardening wisdom, including the importance of starting small, slowing down, taking notice and following your intuition.

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Planting in Guilds: Permaculture Guild Combos

A guild is a team of plants that support, protect and nourish each other, working together for the benefit of all. A guild creates stability and best health because the variety of plants above brings a variety of roots and soil life below. The carefree, wild look belies a carefully crafted, low maintenance, smart garden.

Words by Kath Irvine, from The Edible Backyard

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How to: Build a Raised Garden Bed

A raised planting bed is a gardener's secret weapon for success. Whether you are a beginner gardener, short on space or simply looking to formalise an area in your garden, building a raised bed is the perfect place to start.

— Written by Elly Keen

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