Fruits and seeds
IMMUNE BOOSTING: Mint, calendula, fennel seed and ginger.
DIGESTIVE: Mint, chamomile, fennel seed and holy basil.
SPRING IMMUNITY & ALLERGY RELIEF: Fresh elderflower – that's it! (Can add lemon juice and honey).
WINTER IMMUNITY: Elderberries and cinnamon stick. Or spice it up for a real winter warmer with ginger, turmeric, lemon or orange juice.
RASPBERRY LEAF: 1 teaspoon dried raspberry leaf per cup of hot water. Delicious served cold with ice and a few raspberries added.
NATURAL SLUG BAIT
- 3 cups water
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried yeast
GARDENING BY THE MOON
As the moon grows, light and gravitational pull start to increase. Seeds sown during this period have a high chance of germinating. Strong sap flow encourages plants to grow, so this is a good time for transplanting and to start fertilising. Whiro is the night of the new moon.
This is a productive time in the garden, ideal for sowing or transplanting fruiting and flowering crops. The light becomes stronger while the pull becomes less. This makes it a good time for leaf crops. With the sap flowing, there is a lot of growth above ground.
There is high energy three days before and three days after the full moon. This is a good time for fertilising, but seed sowing and transplanting should be avoided. High energy will cause a flush of growth followed by weak plants.
After the full moon, sap starts flowing downwards, supporting strong and healthy roots. This is a good time to sow root crops and for transplanting. The time of rest comes as the light and gravitational pull decreases. This is a good time to prune, harvest and weed the garden.