Bird gardens the best kept secret!

It's often hard to find a good spot to take the family in the holidays. But I have the perfect place – and it's a destination that just keeps on giving to people young and old. My toddler loves entering Katikati Bird Gardens because... Read More

For the love of boysenberries

Craig McNaughton is carrying on a 30-year family tradition of growing boysenberries at Papamoa. And it's a tradition that let's many families – from the Bay and all over New Zealand – continue their own festive family pastimes.... Read More

Land a permit before lighting a fire

Cooking outdoors and enjoying an evening round a camp fire are synonymous with the Kiwi summer and for landowners, summer is also a time to light fires as part of cleaning up their properties. However, it is illegal to light a fire in the open without... Read More

It’s time to tie up those tomatoes

It's tomato growing season – and with this comes the need to stake tomatoes and keep tying them to the stakes as they grow. If you've got tomatoes in the ground and haven't staked them yet I suggest you get onto it. The general... Read More

Take a leaf out of Chris’ garden

He's 89 years old, he has no wrinkles, he still drives and he has a very unique garden. That's what The Weekend Sun got told about Chris Verhoeven on Ngatai Rd. So we gave him a call. Naturally, he was in between stints in his garden. But... Read More

Swap nature’s gifts

Home growers around Tauranga fill your baskets with the ground's goodies or the tree's treasures and gather at Red Square this weekend. As part of Downtown Tauranga's support of the Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival, it is hosting... Read More

Home is where the gardening is

When the Graham-Driscoll family welcome people into their garden this month it will mark a total turnaround in their home lives since moving to Tauranga nearly two years ago. Blair Graham and Aimee Driscoll have entered their piece of paradise into the... Read More

Inside Mary Jane’s subtropical paradise

As festival-goers walk into Mary Jane Barry's subtropical paradise they'll lay their eyes on felted pods hanging from palms, water features gurgling away and copper plant-holder creations. Yes, the Mount Maunganui woman's urban sanctuary... Read More

Nailing long weekend home DIY projects

The big weekend is coming – yes, the first three-day hole when home owners and DIY-ers start every power tool and outdoor gardening gadget in sight. Labour weekend – from October 22-24 – is when backyards roar throughout the country... Read More

Permaculture to produce

We all love fresh produce straight from the soil. But do we think about the growing techniques that nurture our garden produce? Brazilian-born Silvio Maffra is carving out a vegetable gardening career in the Bay – and he's trying to do it... Read More