Otahuna Lodge – a Relais and Chateaux luxury lodge outside of Christchurch, New Zealand

 Potager Garden

The potager-style vegetable garden holds a prime position in a sunny stone-walled enclosure which was originally the domain of the estate's stallions. Here, a huge range of seasonal vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts and mushrooms - including exotic and rare heritage varietals - is grown organically for the table. Guests can even accompany the chef to select vegetables for their own evening meal. Meanwhile a flock of hens keep watch from the chicken coop, supplying the Lodge daily with fresh eggs for breakfast.

Apples, pears, quince, and other fruit abound in Otahuna’s orchard which includes many trees from the Edwardian era.  Recently restored and redeveloped are two of the estate's original outbuildings, the Melon Shed and the Apple Store.  The Melon Shed is a Victorian glasshouse devoted to the growth of tropical fruits such as kaffir lime, pineapple and cucumbers that grow up to a metre in length.  On the other side of the orchard, guests are invited to explore the Apple Store, a root cellar which today provides the perfect climate to support a diverse array of mushrooms.

The planting plan for the 2014-2015 season includes the following:


Artichoke - Green Globe Mesclun
Artichoke - Jerusalem Onion - Shallot Ambition
Asparagus - Jersey Giant Onion - Italian Long Keeper
Bean - Blue Lake Onion - Californian Red
Bean - Borlotti Red Rooster Pak Choi - Choko
Bean - King of the Blues Parsnip - Guernsey
Bean - Nectar Golden Runner Parsnip - Hollow Crown
Bean - Nor'easter Runner Pea - Alderman Climbing
Bean - Roquefort Dwarf Pea - Dwarf Massey
Beetroot - Kestrel F1 Pea - Onward
Beetroot - Chioggia Pea - Carouby
Broad Bean - Exhibition Long Pod Pepper - White Cloud
Broad Bean - Imperial Green Pepper - Cabernet
Broccoli - Premium Green Pepper - Cornos
Broccoli - Spring Rapini Potato - Lisetta
Broccoli - Tender Stems Potato - Karaka
Cabbage - Chinese Slowblot Potato - Rua
Cabbage - Derby Day Potato - Van Rosa
Cabbage - Tat-Soi Pumpkin - Queensland Blue
Cabbage - Dynamo Mini Pumpkin - Baby Bear
Cabbage - Spacesaver Pumpkin - Butternut
Cabbage - Super Mini Red Pumpkin - Sweet Lightning
Carrot - Amsterdam Forcing Pumpkin - Whangaparoa Crown
Carrot - Resistafly F1 Radish - Zlata
Carrot - Ladies Finger Radish - Sparkler
Cauliflower - Year Round Radish - Black Round
Carrot - Purple Dragon Rhubarb - Victoria
Celery - Utah Rocket
Cavolo Nero Silverbeet - Bright Lights
Corn - Florida Supersweet Silverbeet - Envy
Chilli - Anaheim Spinach - Bloomsdale
Chilli - Hungarian Wax Spinach - Santana
Chilli - Jalapeno Spinach - Upright
Chilli - Serrano Tomato - Bloody Butcher
Courgette - Ambassador Tomato - Garden Peach
Courgette - Black Coral Tomato - Golden Boy
Courgette - Solar Flare Tomato - Green Zebra
Cucumber - Poona Kheera Tomato - Tigerella
Cucumber - Telegraph Tomato - Moneymaker
Fennel - Florence Milano Tomato - Red Pear
Garlic Tomato - Yellow Plum
Kale - Pink Heart Tomato - Golden Roma
Kale - Blue Ridge Tomato - Gold Nugget
Kohlrabi - Purple Vienna Tomato - Violet Jasper
Leek - Lungo della Riviera Tomato - Wasipinicon Peach
Leek - Winter Giant Tomato - San Marzano
Lettuce - Great Lakes Tomato - Jaune Flamme
Lettuce - Dover Turnip - Tokyo Cross
Lettuce - Red Butterhead Turnip - Snowball
Lettuce - Cos Little Gem Yam
Apple - Charles Ross Medlar
Apple - Gala Melon - French Charentais
Apple - Braeburn Melon - Colletive Farm Woman
Apple - Red Delicious Mulberry - Black
Apple - Golden Delicious Pear - Taylor's Gold
Apple - Granny Smith Pear - Bartlett
Apricot Pear - Uvedale St. Germain
Currant - Black Sefton Pear - Forelle
Currant - Red Peach -Elegant Lady
Feijoa Pineapple - Red
Gooseberry - Invicta Plum
Grape - Niagara Quince
Grape - Schuyler Raspberry -Waiau
Kiwifruit Strawberry - Camarosa
Lemon - Meyer Strawberry Seascape
Lime - Tahitian  
Lime - Makrut  
Basil - Thai Mint - Peppermint
Basil - Sweet Genovese Mint - Chocolate
Bay Leaf Oregano - Greek
Borage Parsley - Italian
Coriander - Santo Sage - Broadleaf
Chives - Broad Leaf Sage - Pineapple
Dill - Dukat Salad Burnett
Fennel - Sweet Leaf Sorrel
Galangal Spearmint
Ginger - Myoga Summer Savory
Horseradish Tarragon - French
Lemongrass Thyme - French Summer
Lemon Balm Thyme - Pizza
Lemongrass Turmeric
Marjoram - Sweet Wasabi
Mint - Vietnamese  

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