Kai o Te Aro Community Garden


Kai o Te Aro Community Garden

Location: Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand
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Latest Activity: Jul 24, 2014

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autumn planting 1 Reply

Started by Charles Barrie. Last reply by Charles Barrie Feb 27, 2012.

Garden Tours etc 2 Replies

Started by Martin Wilson. Last reply by Martin Wilson Feb 6, 2012.

The future of Wellington 1 Reply

Started by Charles Barrie. Last reply by Charles Barrie Jan 25, 2012.

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Comment by Jamie Murphy on August 8, 2011 at 10:35am

I am not going to be able to make it tonight team. No pizza for you Charles....

Comment by Charles Barrie on August 8, 2011 at 10:15am

Hey team, hope it goes well tonight.


 Just thinking that it might be time to start planning what spring crops we want in what gardens and who will guardian them.....

Comment by Charles Barrie on August 4, 2011 at 11:18am

I reckon soon we'll have enough comfrey on site to do this:


How to make a liquid fertilizer out of Comfrey by cold pressing.  This is a smell
free method.
You need three plastic buckets.
The first bucket is used to collect the liquid comfrey.
In the bottom put a small plastic pot upside down.
In the second bucket drill a number of holes.
Fill this bucket with comfrey leaves packed in tightly and place in the first bucket
on the plastic pot.  Tearing the leaves quickens the process.
Fill the third bucket with some sort of weights,  Gravel works well.  Place this
bucket on top of the comfrey leaves.
Within a couple of weeks or so you end us with a bucket of valuable liquid
fertilizer.  To use, dilute the comfrey concentrate with water.
Thank you Michael Hunt for this item on comfrey fertilizer.
Comment by Lynsey Ferrari on August 4, 2011 at 9:10am
That's good news Charles. See you on Sunday.
Comment by Charles Barrie on August 4, 2011 at 8:59am

Hey everyone, I can make it to the working bee this weekend afterall- yus! Hope to see you all there :)


 I still think we should wait until the next one to make our compost sign, but we can at least talk about it this time.


Comment by Charles Barrie on July 31, 2011 at 9:58pm
Hey team, I'm taking a group from Uni on a tour of the gardens this Wednesday. If you haven't seen the sites before it would be a good chance for you too, so feel free to come along.

We'll be meeting at 11am outside the Aro Valley Community Center (48 Aro st).
Comment by Wayne Erb on July 27, 2011 at 7:33pm


Hi old Aro friends. I've just created this page about the garden where Ping and I volunteer up here in Auckland. Just letting you know so you can see what we get up to nowadays.



Comment by Lillian on July 22, 2011 at 4:28pm

Hey folks, just thought some of you might be interested after last potluck about excellent food sources for bees - we're well on the right track! http://nba.org.nz/about-bees/beneficial-plants-for-bees 


I'll plant some lavendar seeds this weekend for the bank. 

Cheers, L.

Comment by Charles Barrie on July 19, 2011 at 9:19am

Hi Jessica- yes please, if you can get some for us that would be great.

Under the fruit trees is an awesome idea. I wonder if they grow ok with nasturtiums?

Comment by Jessica Newton on July 18, 2011 at 11:46pm

Hey, in relation to garlic, I have a few spare cloves of Elephant garlic that I can't fit in my own garden. Elephant garlic has giant bulbs and cloves, with a mild flavour, a lot less fiddley when cooking with it and goes a long way. I get these from my mum, who grows heaps on the farm (so much some years that she covers our yacht when drying them in the boat shed – which makes for an interesting mix of aromas when sailing). I can try hit her up for some more of these if wanted, plus some of the other varieties she grows.

From what I know... Garlic is a great companion plant for repelling aphids and other garden nasties. It benefits apple, pear and peach trees, and is friends with cucumbers, lettuce, celery, rosemary and strawberries... Under the fruit trees in the orchard? It does take some time to grow so you maybe don't want it to be in the way too much during the spring/summer planting season...




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