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CesarZ and Ben Cheah are now friends
Thursday
Liz commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"Happy to help -welcome to the choko fan club, Jane!"
Wednesday
Jane Powell commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"OMG. Ijust looked at my very shooting choko and at the base of the stem their are roots. I never never noticed that. I want to grow more now. Thank you Thank you."
Wednesday
Liz commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"Jane, are you putting the sprout end down? The roots come out from the same area as the sprouts and will die quite quickly unless they are in the dark or the shade -preferably in soil. The sprout is happy to be under the soil -it will travel up the…"
Wednesday
Jane Powell commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"My choko is in a glass of water on my windowsill and has a long sprout with leaves. No roots I get these each year but when I plant it in a pot or plant it out they die. Would like advice please. Thanks"
Wednesday
Anna Holmes commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"Sorry Kali.. blonde me thought you were  Hawkesbay for some weird reason.. baby brain???! Lol! "
Wednesday
Liz commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"That's very encouraging. I've never cut mine back and maybe would have had even larger crops if I had. I will start potting up sprouting chokos now to take plenty with me when I move. "
Wednesday
Anna Holmes commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"I cut mine back at end of fruiting before the worst frosts start, we can have brutal frosts, especially when the snow season starts on the central plateau. My mum is in Hamilton and hers grow back every spring and give her a really good crop.…"
Wednesday
Kali commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"interestigly it says in that article that  declining daylength gets the fruiting going, so i dont think our summers down here in greymouth would be either hot enough or long enough for choko, as is the case with many other sub-tropicals  i…"
Wednesday
Kali commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"haha Hi anna, no i have never grown choko, sorry"
Wednesday
Liz commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"Thanks, Anna. I'm sure it would be ok in Napier and Hastings but Central Hawkes Bay has such harsh winters that I do wonder if choko would get through them as it's a sub-tropical from Mexico. But I'll certainly give it a go and let…"
Wednesday
Liz and Anna Holmes are now friends
Wednesday
Anna Holmes commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"Liz, I grew Choko last year in the Waikato.. I love it.. its very versatile! I'm sure you will be fine growing it in Hawkes Bay. Maybe Kali can help you? I grew it in a shady spot and it did really well. I'm hoping the vine comes back this…"
Wednesday
Liz commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"One of my staple foods is the fruit of the choko vine. I'm always amazed at the criticism this great food receives such as derisive comments about its 'blandness'. Yes, it has a delicate flavour but I find it delicious and very quick…"
Tuesday
Liz joined Ricky P's group
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Kai - food for new zealand

A database of edible plants that grow in Aotearoa/nz.Please share thoughts and ideas.See More
Tuesday
Trent O'brien joined Isabell Strange's group
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Companion Planting

Exploring which plants are beneficial to each other when planted together and which plants are best kept apart.
Tuesday

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

Patience

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…

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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

Chickinsulation

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…

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

Persistence

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,…

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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…

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

 
 
 

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