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kiwi brown commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Oh! Thanks Megan, now you said they are scapes I can see they probably are.  My whole garden this yr is in pots (broken wrist) and the garlic looks too tall and scapes too round.  I shall cut them off.  Didn't know that about…"
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Megan commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Kiwi Brown, the seed heads are the scapes and the bulbs will be starting to form now as Anna mentioned. The bulbs don't normally start bulking up until the last month of growth. The bulbs will be ready to harvest when there are 4-6 green leaves…"
21 hours ago
kiwi brown commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"I had slow growing garlic too then about a month ago, lots of growth....surprise, now  the stinkers are shooting up with seed heads instead of forming bulbs.  We had rain all winter but don't know what caused this.  I thought…"
Kali commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"my garlic hasn't enjoyed all the rain and has resprouted in bunches, so i wont be storing any... maybe some elephant garlic will come through unscathed."
Val Davies commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Did they have rust? Apparently its a terrible year for garlic, mine are spindly stems of nothing and have rust."
Anna Holmes commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Will they not still bulb up Lynn? Perhaps they are simply not ready yet? Mine only bulb up a few weeks before I decide to harvest them.  "
Lynn commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Oh dear...garlic...very sad. I planted 83 cloves, 81 of which sprouted. But sadly, all they did was grow a few stems and did nothing else. There have been no bulbs or anything. Just 81 garlic smelling spring onions! Very disappointing and I'm…"
Megan commented on Megan's photo

Saffron corms

"sorry Helen, have already given away all the extras. Terraza Saffron are just down the road from you and if you place an order now, they will send them out in January"
Dec 3
Helen commented on Megan's photo

Saffron corms

"any chance of a few corms? would love to try and grow a little to cook with...cheers, helen"
Dec 2
Helen left a comment for Helen Dew
" Helen would love some of the bright yellow alstroemeria - where can l send postage to? Or l can swap with bright orange with yellow centre...kind regards, helen"
Dec 2
Helen Dew left a comment for Craig Bensemann
"Ho Craig,You''l find my seed lists at There's also another another range, not listed. You're welcome to phone me to discuss more details. Contact info…"
Dec 2
Helen Dew joined Audrey Sebire's group
Dec 1
Helen Dew is now friends with Amanda and Aaron Porteous, Craig Bensemann and Fiona Drummond
Dec 1
Fiona Drummond commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Looking for tulsi basil, cuttings or seed please"
Dec 1
Helen Dew commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"I have two colours to give away: bright yellow, and beige/salmon - but sorry, can't help with while or green.btw - I still have Chinese Yam plants to sell. And LOTS OF seeds.... Contact me for my catalogue..."
Dec 1


March 25


Blog Posts

Kefir grains

Hello everyone,

I have been looking for water Kefir grains with no luck,Is there anyone out there that has some spare or can put me onto a place that sells them.I live in Auckland.

Regards Neil.

Posted by Neil Stanley on September 25, 2016 at 10:36am — 2 Comments

Buidling soil and increasing fertility with chickens

When we first moved onto our little plot of land, we thought we were going to raise specialty vegetable and healing herbs for the local whole foods community. I was excited about gardening on a large scale. It didn't take me long to figure out that our little plot of land was completely infertile. I knew we were somewhat coastal but I never imagined how bad it could be.

We moved in just before summer. The first thing that we realized was that our rain water catchment was not…


Posted by Elizabeth James on August 7, 2016 at 7:30am

Raising chickens for eggs and meat

There are environmental and animal rights groups constantly talking about the horrors of conventionally farmed chicken. After years of being a blind consumer, I opened my eyes and realized that there was a problem. I have approached the problem in a way that is pretty unique among my peers.

The vegans want me to give up meat. Unfortunately, I would starve. I am allergic to just about every plant based protein you can name. I also become violently ill when I eat seafood and…


Posted by Elizabeth James on July 31, 2016 at 9:35am

autumn's abundance

the American tradition of thanksgiving and English harvest festivals all makes sense when I reflect on the past few weeks. Been given apples, pears, plums, quinces, free range eggs, harvesting my saffron and not even begun to prepare my garlic for sharing and planting, been so busy making jam, jellies, quince paste, bottling apples and blackboy peaches. Not that I'm complaining, it's how I unwind. timed myself and it takes 17 minutes to pluck the stigmas from 63 flowers. Bumped into Matt who… Continue

Posted by Megan on April 21, 2016 at 9:55pm

new permaculture website from PigintheMud

Quite stoked to have reached 10,000 journal downloads in over 90 countries. To celebrate this wee milestone I have been working on a new incarnation of my permaculture journals now as a more accessible web resource with case studies, images and videos accumulated over the years in developing sustainable production systems. Feel free to check it out at:…


Posted by Tim on March 19, 2016 at 3:19pm

Six Figure Farming NZ Tour - a huge success

Over 260 people came to one of the 10 Ooooby sponsored workshops on the Six Figure Farming NZ Tour, to hear what Jean-Martin Fortier and Curtis Stone had to share about their years of building small scale profitable urban farms on 1.5…


Posted by James Samuel on February 29, 2016 at 8:00am

Kefir grains and kombucha please

Hi there I'm not entirely sure if this is the place to post but am looking for milk kefir grains and a kombucha Scoby to kickstart my healthy gut Diet. I live in Levin, horowhenua. Thanks lovely people.

Posted by Amanda Parish on February 5, 2016 at 2:44pm — 2 Comments

Visiting Canadian Urban Farmers

Learn the inner workings of small-plot growing and discover how urban micro-farming can be a profitable enterprise while regenerating the land and your local food system. Jean-Martin Fortier and Curtis Stone will share the design and workings of their individual enterprises – both the production and the business – with insights and knowledge that has been hard won, but ready for you to take and implement. Details of what you can expect at these workshops, can be found at…


Posted by James Samuel on January 23, 2016 at 9:03am



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