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Hanna commented on Sealander's group Southern Seed Exchange
"Hi, just wondering if anyone knows where or if I can get plants or seeds for hardy passionfruit ( eg. Incarnata or Caerulea). Does anyone have experience with growing passionfruit in the colder parts of NZ?"
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NZ Ooooby Seedbank

A group for those who wish to save heirloom and open pollinated seed and make it availiable to others.List what you have in the appropriate discussion forum or add a new discussion for different seed types.See More
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Permaculture is a growing area of study among those who wish to create a sustainable transformation of their own homes, communities, country, and world.
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Taupo NZ

Tell us what you want or what you have to offer: fruits, veggies, seeds... We would like to hear from you, your gardening stories, experiences, how you challenged Taupo climate.... Come and join us for a nice chat around muffins or a ooooby diner.
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Fiona Drummond commented on Pete Russell's group Bees
"Hi TJ, if you add little sticks on the treacle, across the length of the tin that they can stand on, they shouldn't get stuck"
Gayle M commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Any one want to do some garden swapping. Looking for starter plants of perennials.  Asters, penstemon, dahlia bulbs, Shasta Daisy, federation daisies, Crysanthemums. Just small offshoots or cuttings or tubers to get started. Can swap with what…"
Gayle M commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Keen to see your list Kali."
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New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange

Are you looking for a particular plant or seeds ? Do you have spares?Post your notices here.See More
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Whether you are a Beekeeper, would like to keep Bees or simply understand the importance of Bees, this group is for you. Viva la Bees!See More
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Organic Gardening For Beginners

An introduction to growing food and herbs without the use of poisons.
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Urban Homesteaders

Growing and do things the old way.Do you grow your own vege, make soap, use herbs, cut your own firewood, long for the pioneer days where it literally came from your own back yard. If you do then this is the group for you.See More
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TJ commented on Pete Russell's group Bees
"I have been told to hang tins partially filled with treacle in my apple and pear trees to help combat coddling moth.  My neighbour has an apiary nearby and I am worried that this treatment will cause bees to also get caught in the sticky…"


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Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 22, 2015 at 8:02pm


Some citrus this year, mandarins, oranges, limes, grapefruit. Should have put in the persimon in year one. I've put in asparagus three years late. The bed in front of the west facing wall is very hot and dry. Good for melons and grapes. Have moved the rhubarb to a better irrigated spot with deep soil. Passionfruit seed has germinated. I have to figure out how to contain the chooks but still let them forage. They seem to be happier on everyone else's property and I think it's grass they…


Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 22, 2015 at 7:42pm

Chitted seed

The chitted corn and beans had fantastic germination but the corn is dieing back although it has pollinated. Broad Beans are a winter crop anyway.

Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 22, 2015 at 7:37pm


Temperature will drop to 4 degC tonight and one of my chooks was attacked by a roaming pair of dogs and lost half her feathers. I have solved the problem by loading steaming composting grass into their sleeping house and putting a layer of polystyrene foam waste on the roof. So insulation plus under-floor heating. The compost will generate heat for three days. One other chook hasn't come home so I don't know if she is dead or just hiding. Have dropped flyers around the area with a phone…


Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 22, 2015 at 7:35pm


My bananas didn't produce very promising fruit and took up a lot of space so I chopped them up and dumped them in the soak hole at the lower end of the section along with the taro. Being indestructible they both took root and now serve as transpirers and will block the neighbours house in two years. May eventually produce something edible if you can wait that long.

Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 22, 2015 at 7:29pm

The Transition Conference is back!

On behalf of Naresh.

After a 3 year gap since our last event at Battersea Arts Centre, the 2015 gathering will bring together delegates from across the worldwide Transition Movement, connecting National Hubs with local Initiatives and celebrating the wonderful achievements and work that have been occurring since we began this journey back in 2006. Our intention for this event is to make an affordable,…


Posted by Pete Russell on June 5, 2015 at 11:13am

Some interesting facts about Comfrey

Hi all I just kicked off a research program that seeks to realize the untapped potential for comfrey, an ancient Russian herb.  If you’re interested in supporting my efforts, a grass roots citizen science project, and have a few bucks to spare please support my pledgeme…


Posted by Tim on March 22, 2015 at 1:42pm


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