Traditional, organic food growing knowledge and techniques have been lost over time, with the introduction and prevalence of fast, processed food, and the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers. At Wanaka Willows we don't use any chemicals on our land. All fertilisers are natural, and we encourage natural pest controllers such as ladybirds to control aphids, or use natural alternatives. We believe that growing food is the greatest life skill on the planet, we would like to see more of it happening. We are here to help.
Our easy to follow garden map is a colourful A3 folder clearly showing the history and future of our garden. It enables us to keep track of what has been in the ground and when, and what to plant next. It makes it easy to rotate our crops and use a companion planting system.
Crop rotation is the practice of growing a series of different types of crops in the same area in sequential seasons. Crop rotation gives various nutrients to the soil. A traditional element of crop rotation is the replenishment of nitrogen through the use of green manure in sequence with cereals and other crops.
Companion planting is a natural way of helping plants to grow, and is common in organic gardening. Companion planting also works in a physical way. Spatial interaction of plants occurs in most gardens naturally
Our garden manual has all the information needed to grow produce organically from seed. From sowing to nurturing to harvesting, our garden manual has it all and is available for everyone to use.