I’m Diana Noonan. I’m a writer and gardener. If you Google my name, you’ll find loads about my books and articles but, actually, gardening came first!
I live beside the Pacific Ocean in the most southern part of mainland New Zealand. We have cool summers and cold winters! In fact, it’s penguin country here in The Catlins! I always say the next stop south is Antarctica and, one day, I wouldn’t be surprised to see an iceberg float past on the horizon!
I’ve gardened for as long as I can remember and although I think flowers are beautiful, and wouldn’t want a garden without them, I’ve always veered more towards food gardening. That’s probably because I value the basics of life – the sorts of things that everyone has a right to: food, shelter, love, and care. Right up there with those basics is land security and the peace in which to grow and harvest your own food. Unfortunately, that’s not quite the way things are for a lot of people.
It wouldn’t be a garden without some flowers …
Around our house, we have 21 vegetable and fruit gardens and, even in winter, there’s always something to harvest.
Beside the house, our beautiful chooks (hens) live a peaceful free-range life, secure in the knowledge that only their eggs will be harvested (I’m a dairy-free vegetarian and Keith’s a vegan).
Right beside our house is a field where our two donkey-boys, Ambrose (26 years old) and Angus (eight) eat, sleep, graze, roll, dream, stargaze, and play. And beside the donkey-boys live the bees!
Just outside our gate, on public land, is my free-to-harvest roadside garden. I hope you enjoy following what goes on there throughout the different seasons.
On my blog site, you’ll find the Let’s go Gardening and Kids’ Gardening pages which offer tips for growing and enjoying your own food. The Recipe page features ideas for how to use what you grow (many of the recipes are from fellow gardeners I’ve met on my travels to unusual countries). If you want to know what I write, and who publishes my books and articles, check out the Books page.
Thanks for calling by!
Yours, from the bottom of the world,