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Comment by Dee Pigneguy on October 26, 2011 at 3:01pm
Hi RaVeN send me an email and let me know your new address.  See you all on Saturday at Unsworth Heights
Comment by RaVeN on October 26, 2011 at 11:10am

Beltane Blessings Everyone

I am now moved into our new property, bees are settled. Currently digging a veggy patch and starting a backyard orchard. Just up the hill from the palms on Glendhu rd, Glenfield. Love to meet any locals in the area

Comment by Nicholas Mayne on October 25, 2011 at 1:04pm

I did see the Meadowood Newsletter. I was at the Round'a'bout Meadowood group meeting when I saw it. Unfortunately they put it in there because they thought I might be interested in getting a group together (the number is for the community house).  Right now though I would not commit to anything unless there were enough other people involved; learn from Di's experience.

Comment by Di Celliers on October 22, 2011 at 10:47pm
Hi - I have been offered 600 grapefruit trees - laden with juicy fruit - to pick. My group - Community fruit Harvesting - get volunteers to pick fruit for people who cannot or do not want to use all their own fruit. The pickers can keep some, but the majority goes to charities. In this case, the owner had cattle which ate the grapefruit, but no longer has any cattle and so does not know what to do with all this fruit.They are only too happy to give it to people who will use it. I have at least 5 people making marmalade with the fruit we pick and then they give that to charities. If you want to come fruit picking - I am going on Monday afternoon & again on Saturday morning - check my page : or email me at
Comment by Adrian Feasey on October 22, 2011 at 3:45pm
Hi Everyone, I am new to Ooooby and am keen to get a food swap going on the north shore. I am working with the good people of kaipatiki project to run the first one on november 19, 9am - 12pm at kaipatiki project at 17 lauderdale rd, birkdale. We will start with fruit, veges, herbs and seedlings. Hope to see you :-)there
Comment by fiona watt on October 21, 2011 at 9:08am
Hi Nick, yes I will come. Did you see in the Meadowood flyer a bit about wanting to know if anyone is interested in a community garden for Unsworth/The Palms.
Comment by Virgil Evetts on October 14, 2011 at 6:13pm

I have a captured swarm from one of my hives, almost free to a good home. 99% sure Queen is on-board too. They are nice placid bees, perfect for suburban settings.

They are currently residing in a cardboard cat carrier box. If you don't mind paying for that ($10) or replacing with same, they're all yours...

FYI these are perfect swarm holders/Nucs

Pick up only, from Devonport

Comment by Dee Pigneguy on October 13, 2011 at 6:18pm
I am just saying don't get caught out with their gardener's special!!
Comment by Gary Brown on October 13, 2011 at 5:18pm

Hay is not the same as straw.

Hay is mown grass where straw is a bi-product of wheat or barley harvesting. If there are weeds amongst a straw bale I would hazard a guess that the proportion would be extremely low < 1%.

Barley straw is a fantastic mulch.

I wouldn't have hay anywhere near my property.

And Falloons is a cavern of wonder and is cheaper than most other rural suppliers. For instance a 25 kg bag of lime is the same price as a 5kg bag at the garden center. A few of you could get together and buy some products and split them into amounts you can use . ? .

Just my 2ḉ

Comment by Dee Pigneguy on October 13, 2011 at 7:45am


Just be careful buying hay at Falloons, I got some "lucerne" that was advertised as specially for gardeners and it was absolutely full of weed seeds I ended up burning it!

There is an article about John Pearce in the latest OrganicNZ magazine.

When are you thinking of going to see John's farm?


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