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Beginner Gardener Booklet – Koanga Kay Baxter

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The Beginner Gardener Booklet is a comprehensive guide to take you step by step through establishing a new garden from scratch. This booklet begins with a quiz that helps you with making decisions about your garden and getting organised.

The best times of year for starting a garden are listed, with instructions month by month so you’re totally ready when the time for planting comes around. The information provided is based on Kay’s life journey in the garden and will save you a lot of simple mistakes in the beginning so you already have a head start in getting some good food production. Kay guides you through using a 40m2 Biointensive model which is both time and space efficient.

This simple system teaches beginners and not-so-beginners, how to systematically improve soil and grow nutrient-dense vegetables, in an efficient way. Whether you follow this exact model or another of your choice, this booklet will give you the confidence you need to move forward.

Pages: 40, printed and bound in NZ

So you’re interested in beginning a garden, congratulations! If you have a bit of extra space in your backyard or on your balcony, growing your own food is an awesome idea and will save you some money long term too!    Kay Baxter

​I believe so strongly in supporting the work Kay and the team have done for Aotearoa, that

I am donating all profits from the sale of Koanga seeds and publications straight back to them, as an acknowledgement of the hard work they have done for our community over the past 30+ years!

17 in stock (can be backordered)


This little booklet is one of the best overviews of starting vegetable gardening I have seen in my 20 years + as a Landscape Architect in New Zealand!  Get inspired and go to it!

Kay has been a gardener for as long as she can remember.  She is well known as the founder of the Koanga Institute, a charitable trust dedicated to saving our heirloom food plants and supporting gardeners to use them in their lives again.

Booklet Contains:

  • Making Decision and Getting Started (start small, full sun, shelter, aeration, water, nutrition, tools and equipment, seeds, cost, time.
  • Action Time
  • Double Digging
  • Bed preparation
  • Compost
  • Bone & Shell Ash
  • Liquid Fertiliser
  • Worm Farms
  • Crop rotation
  • Seed Propagation
  • Transplanting  Your Seedlings into the garden
  • How to Find and Use Environmental Fertiliser Products
KOANGA is the home of New Zealand’s largest heritage food plant collection.

Their goal is to inspire and support your journey in regenerative living. Read our blog post for more information or look at their website for more seeds and heaps of educational material.


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