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Community Garden - Transiton Town Waihi 4 Replies

Started by Shane Rush. Last reply by Nina McDuff Oct 2, 2012.

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Comment by Mary Carmine on April 9, 2010 at 8:58am
It's a bit early for many feijoa trees. Some varieties will have started fruiting but many are a few weeks off.
Comment by Shane Rush on April 9, 2010 at 7:20am
My feijoa trees are quite young and producing small quantities so none to spare i'm afraid but i do have chesnuts if anyone is interested. As you may be aware chestnuts are probably the hardest nut to get into as there are two layers of extremely strong skin to get through so they really are a labour of love. I have this wonderful chesnut salad recipe that i have to do at least a couple of times in the autumn so i am prepared to spend a couple of hours peeling their protective layers away. There is also a stunning European desert 'Chestnut Mont Blanc' that you can make with them. So, if anyone is interested let me know. Sorry about the lack of feijoa action at my place.
Comment by David Bell on December 14, 2009 at 10:44pm
I have managed to take a kumara plant right through the winter, and it is growing well. Only one out of 30 that I took, but the process is simple.
First, it must be done in warmth. I have a warm sunny room that is good. Take cuttings when you are digging the kumaras. About 10 inches (25cm) is fine.Simply place the cuttings in water until they take root. Water well (I use the washings of milk cartons). Put into soil, and plant out at the same time as regular planting. They have a big head start over the bought cuttings.
Comment by Christine on December 14, 2009 at 11:45am
I have recently started practising as an EFT practitioner. I have a clinic in Bethlehem, Tauranga at 7 Bethlehem road. I am offeringFREE sessions to anyone in the Waihi, Katikati, Tauranga areas who would like to try this amazing therapy over the summer. Call me or text on 027 288 0658 for more info or to book a session.
Comment by Christine on December 14, 2009 at 11:31am
Apropos golden kumara plants - I saw Golden kumara plants for sale at the Bethlehem market Tga. It is on the 1st and 3rd sunday mornings.
Re germination - even the professional market gardeners have had to plant two or more lots of their seeds and still do not have a good crop this season. I use a greenhouse. but cloches work well too.
Comment by Christine on December 14, 2009 at 11:30am
Hi Everyone in Waihi. I have decided to offer part of my garden - a fairly large chunk of fallow ground to anyone who needs more sunny garden space in which to grow vegetables or whatever they choose. It has had no chemicals on it for the longest time, altho I do burn my garden rubbish there now and then.
James of the Organic Shop in Tga can sell any amount of organic produce for you, so if you have the time and skill - my piece of land could be yours to grow on.
Comment by Graham on November 18, 2009 at 7:22pm
I just use the greenhouse to buffer anything sensitive from the vagaries of the weather. I'm sure I wouldn't have ongoing okra, melons and passionfruit plants if I had left them unprotected (on the basis of past experience). I reckon I gain 6 weeks of growth by this. Works for me, and at the other end of the season. I did lose all my basil coz I didn't get it in in time.
Comment by Megan on November 18, 2009 at 7:02pm
hello Katherine, I saw a photo on someone's ooooby page of a polystyrene box (like the ones that fishmongers have) with a hole cut out of the lid and clear plastic stapled over the top to make a mini cold frame. I've made two for my seedlings and it's really worked well.
Comment by Katherine Lucas on November 18, 2009 at 6:20pm
hi all, just checking in the compare seedling growth. My germination percentage is so low. I'm pretty sure it is the cold. What do other's do to keep their seed trays warm? Katherine
Comment by Alli on October 4, 2009 at 12:31am
Oh yeah would anyone be growing golden kumara ? Would love some plants.

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