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Auckland Tree Crop Sale at Auckland Botanic Gardens Manurewa, in the covered courtyards.

July 11, 2015 from 10am to 1pm
At the Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa.  In the covered Courtyard.  Sale of Fruit trees, subtropical, heirloom varieties of pip and stone fruit, and resources to help you look after your trees.  There will be fruit tree experts to answer questions and advice.  Talks on how to grow and look after your fruit trees.See More
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Megan left a comment for Rana
"Retailers don't start selling seed potatoes until spring, not the best time to plant now unless you have a greenhouse, they're frost sensitive. Koanga and the Tokoroa community garden have a good selection of Maori potatoes and garden…"
Rana posted a status
"I'm looking for a range of conventional seed potatoes that can be staggered across the season. Anyone know of a reliable supply?"
Erin Kenny is now a member of Ooooby
Rana posted a status
"Where can I buy seed potatoes? Would like to purchase enough to stagger the harvest for as long a possible over the year?"
May 19
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Ooooby(Out of our own Backyards)connects communities through local food :) feel free to.... Connect with eachother via your pages, Write on this page if you want to share anything, Come along to any monthly backyard gatherings :) all welcome, no need to be a member, or to have a garden ;) Next Ooooby Gathering:  Sat 9th May  The Rock, Papamoa Community Garden :) main entrance btween 51 & 53 Hartford Ave2-4pm 1st hr is part of their fun gardening bee :) feel free to arrive earlier…See More
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First saffron flower of 2015

"Six weeks later and I'm still harvesting one or two flowers every few days. Definitely the end of the season but am impressed how well the corms have cropped. Was given two lots from local growers and bought some from from Terrazza and Wild…"
May 18
Megan left a comment for josephal
"Woo hoo, finally found the clam beds after three years!"
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Megan 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!
May 18
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Alistair Burbury is now a member of Ooooby
May 17
ursula mac commented on Pete Russell's group Wairarapa NZ
"Hi...anyone know where to source hop plants from? Ursula."
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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

Passive solar

House design is an integral aspect of permaculture with passive solar and other low energy input designs. The conundrum is that we really need different designs for winter and summer. In Japan we have cold dry winters and hot muggy summers so the Japanese approach was that it was better to be cool in summer and freeze in winter. If I paint the west facing wall matt black the concrete will absorb heat during the day and radiate half of it back into the house at night. In summer a white wall…


Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on March 5, 2015 at 3:58pm

Arid micro-climate

Water melon and cucumbers have done well in the searing heat by the west facing wall of the house. Everything else seems to struggle. It's all about trial and observation. I want to avoid being dependent on hand watering if possible. I'm considering another grape or peach against this wall as they seem to be able to find water.

Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on March 5, 2015 at 3:52pm

refusing to die

The banana roots and taro I chucked in the soak hole to die have revived and are doing well. It's the lowest point of the site so they must be getting water. Should have put them there in the first place. As Jacques Cousteau said 'Life is very persistent.'

Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on March 5, 2015 at 3:47pm

Symphony of the Soil

Posted by Mariana on March 2, 2015 at 9:47am

How to Make a Human Being

Posted by Mariana on March 2, 2015 at 9:42am — 1 Comment

The garden grows

Well, now that we are at the end of December, my garden is finally starting to take off :) I started planting Labour weekend, but everything I planted failed to grow and some things were taken out by the thousands of little slugs I have living in my woodchips. After talking to friends, I think the plants failed to grow because the ground was covered with mulch and took longer to warm up. Plus the garden is exposed to the sou-wester winds, soil is a bit compacted etc etc. Next year I will…


Posted by Sarah Walsh on December 31, 2014 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective

Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective offers stories and solutions for meeting human needs while simultaneously restoring the health of the ecosystems we live in.

Looking forward to watching this documentary when it gets released! More info…


Posted by Mariana on December 6, 2014 at 8:37pm


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