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Comment by Kowhai Thompson on August 22, 2009 at 9:40pm
Hey Jocelyn. Hmmmm I wish I could draw you a picture about this. Well, get some bamboo stakes and tie your plant shoots/branches along them and angle then upwards at a diagonal, not completely perpendicular to the main leader. Once the plant has grown up this, you can tie the branches back down at right angles to the main stem. This just givves the branches a chance to change shape. O.k?
Comment by Jocelyn on August 21, 2009 at 7:13am
Great to see a Chch OOOOBY group. Looking forward to another productive weekend in the garden - starting off some Spring seeds & planting new fruit trees down the bottom of the garden. Anyone good at espaliering? My last attempt seems to have been a bit dismal!
Look forward to sharing ideas & fun with fellow Chch Oooobyers
Comment by Robert Fleming on August 12, 2009 at 8:24pm
Hi Serra, welcome to ChCh. Best of luck with the "breaking in of the land " . We can relate to that, having recently taken posession of a subdivided back section ( in Edgeware) with the intention of creating a productive garden. At the moment it is overgrown rubbish, but does have a large ( and productive ) quince tree. So come summer we hope to do some bartering !!. Lotsa hard work ahead though .
Comment by Serra Kilduff on August 12, 2009 at 9:35am
Hi, newby to oooby!
I have just moved to Chch, and am getting my bare front yard underway. I am keen on skill sharing for plant exchange- happy to meet/ help people in my area (St Albans/Edgeware) in the weekends. I'm looking forwards to having surplus to share!
Comment by Sealander on May 20, 2009 at 3:19pm
So, you've watched far too many episodes of River Cottage, and you're quite taken with the idea of producing some good quality meat for your family, but maybe you don't have the space, or the time.......Well, I have a proposition for you. I have two young roosters that are surplus to requirements. They're approaching 5 months old, raised on organic feed and vegetables, and the occasional finger :)
Because they're Araucanas which are primarily an egg laying breed and slow to mature, they're not very meaty birds, but could be fattened up a bit further if desired.
Why aren't I eating them? As I'm the only person in my household who eats chicken, I feel it would be a waste to slaughter them just for my own consumption. It's easier to justify if they're going to feed a whole family. Since I'm raising a few chicks as replacement layers every year, I would expect I'm going to have several surplus roosters each time, so if there is someone who wants to have a go at butchering some chickens and who'd like to come to some sort of barter arrangement, let me know.
Comment by Sarah Gallagher on April 30, 2009 at 4:52pm
Thanks Sealander!
Comment by Sealander on April 29, 2009 at 11:55am
Regarding the peastraw, you can buy it from Crusaders Gardenmakers - I just get them to add a couple of bales when I get my firewood delivered.
Comment by Jenny Harkerss on April 24, 2009 at 8:18am
Hi there, Brand new member just now. Don't know how to download photo. Can anyone help? Have good quality Saffron available in 0.3 gm lots which is enough to add to 2-3 meals. Grow organically.
Comment by Jo Drysdall on April 21, 2009 at 6:24pm
Hi guys, I'm fairly new to this myself but I believe the idea is to arrange actual swaps via the inboxes on your member pages? (Let me know if it works, hee hee!)
Comment by Sarah Gallagher on April 20, 2009 at 5:06pm
Hey Joey, the standard mint has died back but I can dig out some for you. I also ahve creeping mint and Vietnamese mint which is really easy to propagate. Let me know, ok. :)
 

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