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Started by Anna Holmes Apr 27, 2012.

Free Seeds 11 Replies

Started by Todd Saunders. Last reply by Catherine Nov 18, 2011.

Planting fruit trees - clay soil 4 Replies

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Comment by Daniel Martin on October 9, 2013 at 7:24pm

Hi Meg, sorry I cant help, I have a broody Orpington looking for some eggs to incubate, she is sitting on a couple of golf balls at the moment :)

Comment by Meg on October 9, 2013 at 7:02pm

Does anyone near Putaruru want to swap roosters? I don't want him breeding with his daughters.

Comment by Nigel Thomson on August 11, 2013 at 12:00pm

Whats the earliest I can throw spuds in, I have an old flower bed that seems pretty depleted so I was thinking to throw in some bags of horse/Stable poo that have been sitting around for a couple of years and some spuds, as a low maintenance crop, and quite frankly I have given up on growing spuds in the vege patch as all i seem to get is those purple Maori spuds which are sprouting everywhere they are nice tasting but time consuming to clean for a meal.

Any other plants I can get in now to get a head start, I do have a few polythene grow tunnels to keep them a bit warmer.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on October 15, 2012 at 3:18pm

Does anyone know if there is a tool library or tool bank operating in the Tokoroa area? 


Comment by WIC Garden Project on June 24, 2012 at 11:26am

The annual NZ Tree Crops Association Waikato Branch Tree Sale is on the 7th July this year - a great place to pick up some more unusual trees, shrubs and plants for your garden, or to sell some of your own excess seedlings if you're prepared to travel into Hamilton.  For more info see the Ooooby events page

Comment by Nigel Thomson on May 3, 2012 at 7:08pm

Nooooooo, don't say no sub-tropicals in Putaruru, I grew up swiping figs from the grandparents neighbours tree in Hamilton, and my parents have a healthy one in Morrinsville, I might just have to light the fire and burn some green wood to hurry this global warming along.


Been a weird year alright the last two days frosts have finished everything off,

All my never fail crops failed this year

Tomatos, pumpkin, marrows (got 4 instead 40 ish) , raspberries (thousands again but they went mouldy on the bush and were infested with some small beetle)


and all the crops i never have success with went better than expected, cucumbers (absolutly innundated threw about 40% away as they got just too big)

Comment by Jude on May 2, 2012 at 7:25pm

Yep, sounds sweet alright :). I'd be interested in leasing, but I guess for me its more about pollination for the orchard than about getting honey. You could have it all

Comment by Daniel Martin on May 2, 2012 at 7:18pm

Robyn Wolfe has asked me if I can put a hive in at the Tokoroa community garden, I am still planning to do that as well.

Comment by Daniel Martin on May 2, 2012 at 7:17pm

Apart from a few books and lots of reading on the internet and a veil/jacket it has'nt cost me alot (oh and the registration of your apiary) I got my bees given to me from a swarm, I made my own hives. I did make a split and bought a new queen for $20. It can be as complicated as you like or very simple. I spend about and hour a week on my 2 hives and now it is winter you just have to make sure they have enough feed to see them through or feed them sugar syrup for a few months until spring comes around. I simplified it a bit there.

As I get more bees and hive stocks going I plan to lease my hives out to home owners in the Tirau, Putaruru and Tokoroa areas to have in their gardens -and they will have a 50% share of the honey harvest . Sounds pretty sweet aye!!

Comment by Jude on May 2, 2012 at 6:55pm

I'm kinda interested in a hive for the orchard, but a bit wary as I hear from some people that it's very technical and time-consuming with everything having to be done 'just so'. Any comments Daniel?


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