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Comment by Chris on October 27, 2014 at 12:52pm

I recently moved here from Tauranga, despite our much smaller size we had a very active group. There was a gathering each month at a different members place to check out their gardens and to share information and plants/seeds/produce and have workshops. Maybe we could get the ball rolling with a gathering at someones place in the near future? I would offer if I actually had anything on the go down here!

Definitely will be going to the Edible Canty expo, thanks Mariana, didn't even know about it. Perhaps we could organise our first gathering there?

Comment by Mariana on October 27, 2014 at 10:33am

Hi Hanna, I appreciate your posts :-) I can offer two tigerella, msg me if you'd like them.

I'm keen for this group to be more active. The Edible Canterbury Expo on Saturday is going to be inspiring :-)

Comment by Hanna on October 27, 2014 at 9:55am

Yes, it seems like I'm the only user :-P. I've started to be too embarrassed to put up any more posts. Is everyone using another group? If someone is reading this, I am actually looking for some tomato seedlings, since I was away during the critical seedling growing stage this year. I haven't got much to swap at the moment, but I could offer eggs, frozen raspberries or some seed and some of the reproductive yacon tubers should still be ok too.

Comment by John Walker on October 26, 2014 at 7:21pm

Does nobody in Christchurch bother using this group?

Comment by Hanna on August 24, 2014 at 4:21pm

Does anyone want some Yacon (edible or reproductive tubers)? It would have to be quick though, they are coming out next weekend and at least the edible tubers don't last long once they are out of the soil.

Comment by Hanna on August 22, 2013 at 8:50am

Thanks Kate, It's a bit involved, but I think it's worth it to have something fresh and different this time of the year, plus they taste like home for me (wrapped in ham and baked with cheese sauce - not healthy, but yummy ). Anyway, I know it works in principle now, so I can start experimenting a bit. Thanks also for the tip with the chimney pipes, Megan. I hadn't thought of that.

Comment by Kate Rakena on August 21, 2013 at 11:00am

Hey Hanna, It sounds such a detailed process, I hope you crack it, it's so satisfying when you do achieve new things in the garden! check out trade me for a drain pipe they have some cheapies on there.

They may work for what you are trying.

Comment by Hanna on August 21, 2013 at 8:50am

Hi Kate, I find the only thing celery needs is lots of time to start with, once they get going they are ok (though not spectacular) for me. I thought about the drain pipes for witloof, but wide drainpipes are actually not that cheap, if I remember correctly. I'll have to look into it more this year. I had an internet session looking up witloof last night and now I know that my roots might be either too small or too big, that you have to bury the chicons in sand, sawdust, dirt, not at all and that maybe you can shorten the roots or harvest more than once from a root. sigh...

Comment by Kate Rakena on August 20, 2013 at 6:50pm
Hi Hanna, I haven't tried growing witloof, I can't even master celery yet! But I wondered if you could try using a wide drain pipe to grow it in, you could buy a length at a hardware shop maybe and that would give you the chance to determine how deep you wanted the pipe to be?
Comment by Hanna on August 20, 2013 at 6:42pm

Just wondering if anyone else is growing witloof and if yes, what's your set-up for forcing the roots? I couldn't find anything around my place that was deep enough to hold both the roots and cover the tops, so I just excluded light to the tops. It worked find, but the tips are a bit loose and I've got some deformed ones, where my cover pots weren't large enough :-D


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