Breadnz Tuition

Basic Sourdough bread course

Breadmaking in a nutshell – One day – NZ$105 Including Gst – 9 to 5/6pm
– Demystify natural leaven bread
– Bread making presentation
– Making bread dough
– Cooking pizza for lunch
– Natural leaven
– Baking bread

Conditions :
Maximum 6 guests
Minimum 2 guests
Runs on every first Sunday of the month and also by prior arrangement.
Group Booking of 5 or 6 attracts respectively 10% or 15% discount.

Click on the Breadnz page for contact details.

Blue Monkey

Just as the description suggests, this cheese is shamelessly rich and buttery.  Visit Mount Eliza Cheese on Facebook to see where they will be selling next.  I do know that you can find them at the Katikati Plant and Produce Markets on Friday nights from 4 – 6pm and at the Tauranga Farmers Markets on Saturday mornings.

Blue Monkey

Seedy Fundraiser for Schools

Buy our retail packets at a discounted price for resale!

  • All you need is the list of “Top Sellers”
  • Pre-sell these varieties from the list at their standard retail prices:

A $2.75: B $3.75: C $4.75 including GST (NB:  Minimum order 100 packets)

  • Place your order with us and we’ll send just what you have sold.
  • No leftovers but we do reserve the right to make substitutions as required for items which may become unavailable.
  • We’ll supply the seed with an invoice.
  • You pay the discounted price within 7 days and make a healthy profit!

A $1.00: B $1.50: C $2.00 per packet plus GST and freight

NB: This offer is not available for buying retail packets for sowing as opposed to resale.  Our seed is available at wholesale prices (as follows) for this purpose.

Other ways we can help your school!

  • Buy bulk seed at a discounted wholesale price to grow seedlings for sale. Tap the green-fingered ones amongst your school community to put their sowing and growing skills to good use.  We’ll supply this seed at a 10% discount.
  • Run competitions to grow giant pumpkins, gourmet vegetables or sunflowers.
  • Buy seed on a small scale for projects in your school garden: Even if you just wish to buy retail seed packets for small gardening projects at your school, we will always supply these to you at a 20% discount. Simply place your order by email with the full invoice details of your school (with an order number if that applies) and we will process the order for you.

Good luck and kind regards from the team @ Kings

PO Box 283, Katikati 3166 – –

Berry Barrel Project

It is easy to grow your own seasonal berries, either in your garden against a wire support, or try this ‘Berry Barrel’ project. By combining three different berry varieties you can have a mixture of fruit types which will harvest over a longer period, all from the one ‘Berry Barrel’

You will need:
1 Half Barrel (or a very large outdoor plastic or ceramic pot)
1 Wire Frame (available via incredible edibles® at your local garden centre)
3 “Thornless Jewel’ Berry Plants (or alternatives for a themed barrel of your choice see below)
120 litres of good quality potting mix
10 litres of bark mulch to cover barrel surface

1. Place your barrel or large pot in a sunny, sheltered location. Remember the barrel will be heavy so plan ahead for the right position.
2. Cut several drainage holes in the bottom of your barrel
3. Secure your wire frame inside the barrel or pot as shown.  A variety of supports can be used. The frame shown is made for incredible edibles®. Visit for suppliers.

Once you add the potting mix the wire structure should stay nicely in place
4. Fill to around 15cm from the top of the pot with your potting mix, ensuring you choose a top quality mix e.g. Daltons Garden Mix.
5. Choose three climbing berries (also sometimes referred to as brambles) either of one variety e.g. ‘Thornless Jewel™’ or a themed Barrel:

‘Mixed Berry Barrel’ Choose one of each:
‘Thornless Jewel™’: New thornless delicious sweet boysenberry fruit.
Loganberry: A sweet intriguing cross with soft red sweet fruit, also thornless.
Blackberry ‘Black Satin’: The traditional blackberry flavour on a plant with no thorns.

‘Raspberry Barrel’ Choose three different colours of Raspberry:
Aspiring™: The traditional red fruit from November to April
Ivory™: Delicate golden fruit from November to April
Ebony™: Rich black fruit in summer

6. Remove from their pots and place your three berries, one per ‘leg’ of your support as shown and wind the stems up and around the support.
7. Top up your mix to level with the soil surface of your plants
8. Water thoroughly, i.e. until water runs freely from the bottom of the barrel
9. Dress the surface of your berry barrel with your bark mulch to protect the shallow roots of the berry plants and retain moisture.

Delicious harvested berries can be used in fruit salads, to cover a decadent pavlova, a cheesecake, or simply serve fresh with cream for an easy vitamin-packed dessert.

Regional suitability: This project can be grown from Kaitaia to Bluff

Kings Seeds Demonstrations

As usual Kings Seeds are open to the public each Friday from 9am – noon.  On the following dates there will also be demonstrations starting at 10am sharp.  Topics for each date will be advised as they come to hand.

June 8 – Microgreens (TBC)
July 13 – New Varieties and New Catalog (TBC)
October 12
November 9
December 14

Indulge Magazine Article

Recently Waikato based foodie Vicki Ravlich-Horan of Nourish Magazine spent a day in Katikati travelling around some of the spots.

Here is what she had to say.

Katikatis Newest Mural

This weekend (Saturday 12th) sees the latest mural being erected in Katikati.  It will be on the wall at the new and huge Countdown supermarket.  Just be careful to keep your eye on the road if you are driving past!

Hello Clevedon

Mount Eliza Cheese now has a stall at the Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market. We’re there every Sunday 8:30 to 12pm, so come and see us: Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Road, Clevedon.

Kings Seeds Sowing Tips for Autumn


  • Turn over garden soil with spade or fork. Break up the clods of earth and rake to produce a fine surface. A loose soil enriched with moderate amounts of organic matter or fertilizer to supply nutrients is best.
  • Add any other conditioners such as peat moss, compost or sand etc if not added the previous Autumn.
  • Sow seeds thinly in rows or in beds then cover with no more than twice the thickness of the seed with fine soil, tamp firmly down and moisten bed well.
  • When seedlings are about 6cm high or have developed their first true leaves (recognizable as those of the sown species) the row should be thinned out to the plant’s required spacing. 


  • Seeds can be sown in trays or shallow pots using a sterilised potting mix.
    Fill the container to within 2cm of the rim, then moisten by standing the container in a tray of water until the surface of the mix becomes slightly damp or by watering from above using, at all times, a very fine spray. 
  • Then sow the seed. A rule of thumb is to cover seed to a depth of no more thantwice their diameter but in the case of very fine seed, no covering is needed as the seeds, when sown on the surface of the mix, naturally work their way into the soil. If covering is preferred, sieve mix finely over the surface.
  • A piece of glass with a few thicknesses of paper on top may be placed over the container to prevent the mix surface from drying out. Turn glass daily so that the dry side is downwards.
  • If soil shows signs of drying out, repeat either watering process taking care not to wash any surface soil away.
  • Check daily for signs of germination and remove covering as soon as seedlings appear, exposing the tender plants gradually to the full sunlight.
  • If growing on a window sill, turn the container every day to maintain an even growth and to keep the seedlings from leaning towards the light.
  • When they’re large enough to handle, transplant seedlings into a suitable container approximately 4cm apart. Harden off plants gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions.

Basecamp 2012 season update

A successfull seasons hunting in the Roar this year and Basecamp’s Hunters division is in full swing.  Hunters from all over the country are bringing in or sending  their wild game to be made into salamis and small goods.

The $40 return courier deal with Fastways is by far the most economical way to send chilly bins.  Hunters need to ring the Basecamp office (07 552 0013) with their details so that their chilly bin can be registered.

Basecamp’s B B Q sausages and patties have been a big hit this year with Hunters choosing a variety of small goods in addition to salamis.

And its not just Hunters – farmers or people with life-style blocks are bringing in meat from their farm for salamis etc.

Give us a go! you won’t be dissapointed.