It’s a hard time of year to have a vege garden in Hawkes Bay, while we rejoice in our wonderful climate, it can get a bit oppressive. The rain forecast for the weekend turned into hot winds, dessicating the gardens, & stressing the young vege plants. Luckily we can source water from the Millstream, but we only use it sparingly. We water just where we need to, in the evenings, & hope for a good downpour.

Despite these hardships the garden is producing abundantly, especially the tomatoes, so nearly every meal has tomatoes in it, & we’re just starting to cook some down for the freezer. We’ve decided to make a variety of pots, tomato & courgette with Basil, Indian tomatoes a la Watties, & a chilli mix, hopefully we can freeze enough to see us through to next summer.