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Kathy Fathers commented on Carina's group Tauranga
"I have a bucket of dahlia tubars, water lily type, pink.  Free if you pick them up.  Going to the dump next week, if no use to anyone. Also abundance of lemons, silverbeet and rhubarb going free you can pick at the same time. "
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Kali commented on Sealander's group Southern Seed Exchange
"We have some big plans in line for this coming year: growing out older seeds, teaching a few classes, a new website, and much more. But, as mentioned , we need your help. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the AGM and Seed…"


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Saving Tomatoes

I haven't done much propagating in the last 3 years so my collection of saved seeds is getting old.

I have collected quite a lot of varieties of tomato seed and I want to grow them again andsave some fresh seed.

A storage container with many of my seeds in it was accidently moved to our shed. The shed gets warm in Summer, so is not an ideal place for storing seed.

When I finally tracked the container down and rescued it I found that mice had got in and eaten some of my…


Posted by Hester on September 23, 2015 at 3:00pm

Sustainable Living

I write a weekly blog on Living Sustainably, if anyone is interested; click on the link below:

There are hints and tips from growing fruit and veggies, to home and kitchen tips, hacks and DIY ideas.…


Posted by Jizzy Green on August 7, 2015 at 12:52pm

Evidence of dog attack

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


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