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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

Started by Nigel Thomson. Last reply by Nigel Thomson Feb 17, 2011.

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Comment by Roxy Hart on May 2, 2012 at 6:48pm

Hi guys,  What a summer ahye :) Tomatoes struggled a bit this year, still lots of fruit tho. Only got two or three fruit each from my aubergine plants but thats better than none. Got some peas, brocolli, cabbage, cavelo nero, cauli, tatsoi, spinach, kale, silverbeet that have been in for 2 months and another lot thats been in for 1 month planted some more seedling today and sowed some more seeds also these will be the last for the year. Broad bean are up and going well. Have still got summer radishes, diakon, carrots, beets and sweeds in the garden from late summer. Harvested a few kg of potatoes, pumpkin, squash, onions and garlic for the winter. im just waiting for a good frost so i can hoe into yams, yacon and kale :)

Im keen on a bee hive :) Im organizing my orchard so that i can start a hive come spring, but i do not have a face book. will check it out on trade me tho :)

Comment by Daniel Martin on May 2, 2012 at 6:29pm

Not such a good garden this year - well it wasnt too bad but I got distracted with honey bees and making bee hives and the garden has got away on me a bit, didnt get set up for winter all that well.  The ducks and chickens keep getting in to the vege garden and nibbling away at the borage, which it something I had a lot of!

Any of you South Waikato members looking for a beautiful hive for your garden check out my Trademe add Beehive (Warre style with frames).

Or look me up on -!/DansarBees


No subtropicals in Putaruru - event the tee tomato gets killed in the frosts

Comment by Jude on May 2, 2012 at 6:17pm

Hi, I've got crops of salad greens still going strong (various lettuces, mizuna, rocket, etc), still gots lots of fresh beans coming on, pumpkins are all harvested. The various brassicas survived the late summer white cabbage butterfly and are now well past the seedling stage, and I've been sowing a range of seeds for winter - beetroot, carrot, leeks, spring onions, broadbeans, etc. Will be setting out garlic in a week or so.

Chooks have just started laying :)

I'm new to the Waikato, so keen to hear about your experiences with those crops that need a decent length of summer heat, like the capsicums and eggplants.

Do you grow any subtropical fruits here too?

Comment by Nigel Thomson on May 2, 2012 at 1:12pm

Now Winter is here, what are you planting.

My silverbeet are doing beautifully, but thats about it


As for my summer plants, some are still going 

One cucumber plant  is still going, producing it final cucumber

One capsicum plant, is collapsing under the weight of all the capsicums it is producing, literally it is tiny, yet had about 12 capsicums on it, i had to pick them fairly small as the branches were breaking

The Eggplants are finally fruiting, they were planted at least 6 months ago and the eggs are about the size of a grape at the moment

The pumpkin which refused to grow has finally started to flourish, Bit late but oh well.


And all the chooks seem to have hung up their laying all at once 

Comment by Vicki Ravlich-Horan on April 23, 2012 at 4:57pm

AGM for community fruit Waikato is on this wed night at Pukete Community House.  For more info check out their facebook page!/PickFruitHamilton 

Come along to share your ideas, find out how you can help or even become part of the committee.  This is a great idea and we need lots of keen people to make it a success!

Comment by Jude on April 16, 2012 at 7:42pm

Hi, I'm fairly new in the Waikato - have been vege gardening, seed saving, composting, preserving and all that for years, and am now starting over in a new place. It's got quite a few big old neglected fruit trees of various sorts, so I'll be trying to reinvigorate them and plant new ones. Plus lots of space for vege gardening.

Here's a question that's a bit off-topic perhaps - do you know anyone who's looking for somewhere quiet, green, etc to live? I'm looking for a flatmate (semi-rural, between Cambridge & Hamilton). Any thoughts, please get in touch. Thanks Jude

Comment by Jude on April 10, 2012 at 6:41pm

Hi, does anyone have any good garlic for planting?

Comment by Roxy Hart on March 21, 2012 at 5:56pm

Thanx for that Vicki, will definitely try to go :)

Comment by Vicki Ravlich-Horan on March 19, 2012 at 12:20pm

Nourish Mag and Healthy Kitchen are bringing best selling author Of Nourishing Traditions to Hamilton on the 4th of April.  This is a must for anyone interested learning about the health benefits of eating a traditional diet, raw mil, organics.....

Comment by Anna Holmes on February 9, 2012 at 6:29pm

Hi all! Hows your gardens growing? If anyone wants some Water Kefir Grains I have some you can have - they have been a bit neglected but are still ok... the catch is you have to pick them up... I am in Te Awamutu. Msg me if you are interested. :-)


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