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Yvon Dixon posted a status
"cavolo nero plants ready to harvest. You can have some if you like it. Also silverbeet, free if you live near here. Yvonne, Hornby 8025"
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John Norton commented on Jo Drysdall's group Christchurch NZ
"I am intend going to the Expo in the morning and to the New Brighton Community Garden open day in the afternoon."
James Mills-Kelly joined Marilyn beaucariche's group

Foragers and Gatherers

I love foraging and gathering, whether it be mushrooms plums apples rosehips blackberries wild figs, Even sneakily shaking a forgotten Olive. Anyone want to share info!
James Mills-Kelly commented on Jo Drysdall's group Christchurch NZ
"Hi, I would be really keen to meet up with others at the expo tomorrow, and would definitely be keen to be involved in a regular meet up! James"
Hanna commented on Jo Drysdall's group Christchurch NZ
"For the people who are going to the Expo, should we make a time and/or place to meet up? Alternatively, I'd be quite happy to offer our garden as a place for a first gathering, just give me a couple of weeks to get sorted and try and get on top…"
Charlotte added a discussion to the group Food Growing Q&A

Oxalis Garden Bed...

Ok, I have decided to try again with a garden bed that is filled with Oxalis. I have tried digging out the soil and filling with fresh compost a couple of times over the last few years but it comes back with a vengeance after periods of neglect. My main vege garden is raised no dig, but I want to work again with this garden because all the vege space is accounted for and I have some pumpkin/squash seedlings (self seeded through my compost), and more watermelon seedlings that I know what to do…See More
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Meena replied to Helen's discussion Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius) in the group Kai - food for new zealand
"Hi Halen! I know that this is a post that you posted last year, but have you found Pandan in New Zealand? I am very keen to grow this plant but i couldn't find it anywhere..It would be a great help if you have some. Cheers! ~Meena~"
Meena joined Ricky P's group

Kai - food for new zealand

A database of edible plants that grow in Aotearoa/nz.Please share thoughts and ideas.See More
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Kathryn Burton joined Alison Stevens's group

Wellington NZ

Tell us all what you want or what you have to offer. eg. Lemons, seedlings etc. To respond to someones listing contact them directly via their page…
Kathryn Burton joined Laine's group

Becoming More Self Reliant

A lot of people have the dream of a few acres of land and self reliance (as opposed to self -sufficiency, which is a myth!). This group is to draw together the experiences of those living the dream and sharing the lessons learned on the way with those still working towards living on the land.See More
John Norton and Mariana are now friends
Hanna commented on Jo Drysdall's group Christchurch NZ
"Great to see such a reaction :-) I didn't know about the Edible Expo either and I'm keen to go as well. I also like the idea of regular meet-ups. Thanks for all the offers for tomato seedlings as well. Tigerella are one of our usual…"


October 12


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The garden

So, after getting the food forest started, it was time to start on the vege garden. First I layed that old carpet and underfelt all over the ground in the backyard to kill off the grass. I had hoped it would kill off the grass completely by September when I planned to start double digging, but by the end of August…


Posted by Sarah Walsh on September 27, 2014 at 2:20pm

election day activities

voted early last week so spent the morning gardening:)

the forecasted bad weather never eventuated and enjoyed a glorious sunny day. planted pip grown blackboy peach and apricot trees at home, dug out couch from saffron bed and buried Bokashi bucket contents & coffee grinds into one of the fallow beds earmarked for potatoes at the community garden.

transplanted self sown perpetual spinach, ragged jack kale and chamomile - all originally grown from seed Kali shared with… Continue

Posted by Megan on September 20, 2014 at 7:28pm

The food forest grows

Another mandarin - Burgess Scarlet, is added to the citrus family.…


Posted by Sarah Walsh on September 20, 2014 at 3:04pm — 1 Comment

The start of a food forest...

Well, we have finally moved, and I have a Lot more room to play with. Half an acre, in fact.

While we were still house hunting I started watching videos about permaculture orchards and gardens on Youtube and stumbled across a new idea (well, new to me) called 'Food Forests'. The idea is, instead of planting fruit trees with grass or maybe a herbal ley underneath, you plant all the layers you find in a forest: tall trees, short trees, shrubs, vines, ground cover, root crops. You also…


Posted by Sarah Walsh on September 20, 2014 at 2:49pm

4 roses surplus to requirements

Smooth variety, thornless and scented. Please contact me if interested

Posted by Sarah Louise Rose Yates on July 6, 2014 at 12:26pm

Winter diary

Have dug in the sheet composted coffee grounds and grass clippings. I think it makes a better veggie bed combining the organic matter with the topsoil although no-dig purists may disapprove. Have planted out a lot of self sown corn and lettuce seedlings and mixed the corn with broad beans. Need to add squash for the Mexican triumvirate. The whole site is covered in weeds now and we are finally getting some mandarins, lemons, limes and oranges. 

Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 2, 2014 at 9:42pm

Gluten free

Junko has researched and perfected a number of gluten free bread and cake recipes to get me off the wheat energy roller coaster. I don't fall asleep in the afternoon now and my bakery bill has dropped. She's using mixtures of spelt, rye, rice, corn and potato flours. Some taro and a couple of bananas have survived where I chucked them in the corner soak hole where the run-off ends up. Comfrey is everywhere. I miss my chickens - if anyone in Akl needs to get rid of a couple of layers please…


Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 2, 2014 at 9:41pm


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