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 2013-2014 season includes the following:


Asparagus Onion - Spanish Sweet
Artichoke - Green Globe Onion - Italian Long Keeper
Artichoke - Jerusalem Onion - Californian Red
Bean - Borlotti Pak Choi - White Stem
Bean - Exhibition Long Pod Parsnip - Guernsey
Bean - Dwarf Yellow Parsnip - Hollow Crown
Bean - Nectar Golden Runner Pea - Alderman Climbing
Bean - Dwarf Green Pea - Wando
Bean - Purple TeePee Pea - Sugar Snap Dwarf
Beetroot - Kestrel F1 Pea - Carouby
Beetroot - Chioggia Pepper - Dulce Espana
Broad Bean - Dutch White Pepper - Yellow Banana
Broad Bean - Dwarf Early Pepper - California Wonder
Broccoli - Premium Green Pepper - Cabernet
Broccoli - Spring Rapini Pepper - Cornos Red
Brussel Sprout - Long Island Potato - Lisetta
Cabbage - Copenhagen Market Potato - Cliff Kidney
Cabbage - Derby Day Potato - Red Rascal
Cabbage - Tat-Soi Potato - Moonlight
Cabbage - Savoy Pumpkin - Queensland Blue
Cabbage - Di Toscana Pumpkin - Atlantic Giant
Cabbage - Super Mini Red Pumpkin - Butternut Buffy's Gold
Carrot - Chantenay Red Pumpkin - Baby Bear
Carrot - Resistafly F1 Pumpkin - Whangaparoa Crown
Carrot - Topweight Radish - Red Cherry
Cauliflower - Year Round Radish - Sparkler
Celery - Elne Radish - Black Round
Celeriac - Sedano di Verona Rhubarb - Victoria
Corn - Florida Supersweet Rocket
Corn - Chieftan Silverbeet - Fordhook
Chilli - Tabasco Silverbeet - Bright Lights
Chilli - Mulato Spinach - Teton Baby
Chilli - Jalapeno Spinach - Santana
Chilli - Ancho Spinach - New Zealand
Chilli - Cayenne Spring Onion - Red
Chilli - Anaheim Spring Onion - White
Cucumber - Long White Wonder Squash - Sunbeam
Cucumber - Crystal Apple Squash - African Gem
Eggplant - Tsasonkia Tomato - Black Zebra
Eggplant - Classic Black Tomato - Green Zebra
Fennel - Florence Milano Tomato - Tigerella
Horseradish Tomato - Supersteak
Kale - Squire Tomato - Moneymaker
Kale - Pink Heart Tomato - Orange Oxheart
Kale - Blue Ridge Tomato - Yellow Plum
Kohlrabi - Green Duke Tomato - Monte Carlo
Kohlrabi - Purple Vienna Tomato - Golden Roma
Leek - Lungo della Riviera Tomato - Gold Nugget
Lettuce - Great Lakes Tomato - Garden Peach
Lettuce - Webbs Wonder Turnip - Tokyo Cross
Lettuce - Gourmet Turnip - Snowball
Lettuce - Tom Thumb Yam
Mesclun Zucchini - Black Coral
Mustard Streaks Zucchini - Costata Romanesco
  Zucchini - Solar Flare
Apple - Gala Lemon - Meyer
Apple - Braeburn Lime - Tahitian
Apple - Red Delicious Lime - Kaffir
Apple - Golden Delicious Medlar
Apple - Granny Smith Melon - French Charentais
Apricot Melon - Yellow Canary
Blueberry Melon - Minnesota Midget
Chilean Guava Mulberry
Currant - Black Passionfruit
Currant - Red Pear
Currant - White Peach
Feijoa Pineapple - Red
Gooseberry Plum
Grape - Niagara Quince
Grape - Schuyler Raspberry
Kiwifruit Strawberry
Basil - Vino Ferde Mint - Peppermint
Basil - Sweet Genovese Mint - Chocolate
Basil - Red Rubin Oregano
Bay Tree Parsley - Italian
Borage Parsley - Gigante
Coriander Sage
Chives Sage - Pineapple
Dill - Vierling Salad Burnett
Dill - Dukat Sorrel
Fennel Spearmint
Galangal Summer Savory
Ginger - Myoga Tarragon - French
Lemongrass Thyme - French Summer
Lemon Balm Thyme - Wild
Lemon Verbena Turmeric
Marjoram Vietnamese Mint
Mint - Lemon Wasabi

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