Belladonna Bess

An edible garden in Wellington, NZ

About May 3, 2009

This is my garden diary – me keeping track of what I have done and what is going on in my garden.

When I started trying to plan a food garden in Wellington, I wasn’t really sure what would grow and what wouldn’t. I’ve grown food gardens in Auckland and Christchurch, but the Wellington climate and soils are a little more challenging. I had a hard time finding information online, so thought maybe this would be of use to others too.

My garden is not quite 100 square metres in Khandallah, on a gentle, north-west facing  slope.  It gets all-day sun and although the soil has a clay base, it is reasonably free-draining. I’m very sheltered from the southerly, but get the northerly. Rather than get the full force of the northerly wind, I get gusts from several directions. The wind is probably my greatest problem and the garden is really too small to put in much in the way of shelter.

“Before” pictures

The following post has a few “before” pictures, from December 2008. The post is now a bit hard to find so I’ve linked it here.

December 2008 garden pictures


One Response to “About”

  1. Haritina Says:

    Hi Melanie,
    this is absolutely wonderful, thank you for making this blog, it will be very useful and you have such a talent for writing!
    I was wondering how can I subscribe to it?

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