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Comment by David Earle on December 31, 2009 at 11:16am
does anyone have a branch chipper that I could hire/borrow? I am after a small to medium size one that will deal with prunings. Happy to share the mulch and/or pay a hire fee.
Comment by Elaine Hope on December 7, 2009 at 8:10pm
Greetings! I find it amazing that oooby is just about to celebrate it's 1st birthday and yet so much knowledge, support and help has been shared already. A decade ago I had to be careful who I told about using my own urine in my garden and now it's almost the norm. Hoping the Wellington site will forge me a network of more like-minded folk.
Elaine
Comment by Eran on November 18, 2009 at 2:13pm
Hey Linnéa,

Thanks for replying,it is most important for me.I will also write you an E-mail.

I'm cooking my food in every possible way, i.e. raw (when it comes to salads), baked (mainly bread),boiled (asparagus, potatoes) and also fried (eggs, potatoes). What I'm trying is to adopt a gradual decrease of the industrial products, I started 10 months ago and intends to remove more products as I go along, while increasing the garden production. In the end those two lines should intersect, I hope :) I also think that a non gradual change is really difficult (psychologically) and I wish to make it sustainable as possible. My next project is to get rid of sugar, so I'm trying alternative methods for preserving food and making jam.

I totally agree with your saying that it must be done community wise, for example - 5 goats can provide milk / cheese for 15 families while the work to maintain 5 goats is like maintaining 1 :-)

Thanks again for your answer, looking to hear more

Eran
Comment by Linnéa Lindstroem on November 17, 2009 at 8:36pm
Hi Eran,
I was on a very "simple food" diet for about 2 months in the beginning of this year. It was designed to both kill off candida overgrowth, and follow my basic guidelines of non-processed food. I didn't have any wheat (or even cereals, excepted quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth and millet) nor any milk products. But I included meat, fish and eggs in small amounts, and had quite a bit of oils (among them, coconut oil... not very simple nor local! but good medicine). I used salt, pepper and of course all the herbs that I'm growing. Bottled drinks, or anything "packaged" really, were out the door.
I think that when you're growing slightly more than you can eat, you end up eating very little from outside your garden! And there are things people have ganged up to produce since time immemorial: salt, oil, milk/meat-products... None of those can be produced efficiently on a small scale, but if it's done for 15 families, it makes sense to produce it. To me, sharing the foodproduction is a basic connector in a society/community so having as wide a variety of food as possible in a region is what I'd be aiming at, rather than trying to grow everything I eat. And the market is such a lovely place/event to go to, it would be a pity to miss it!!
How do you do your cooking? During my short diet period, I ate 80% raw, and the rest steamed, or occasionally woked or slowcooked in the oven. I did have pulses (mainly lentils and kidneybeans) and often sprouted them. I also sprouted any almonds or other nuts and seed I ate, and fermented cabbage and root veges.
I still follow many of these ways of eating, but with a whole load of exceptions.
Looking forwards to hearing how your simple food life goes!
Best,
Linnéa
Comment by Eran on November 17, 2009 at 7:34pm
Hi all -

I wonder if any of you is into simple food, but I mean really simple food without exception. I'm trying this for a while and now in a position that I purchase no more than 20 industrial products (5 wheat based - white flour, wholemeal flour, cuscus, oats, pasta), 4 dry spices/herbs (salt, cumin, cinamon, black coffee), 3 milk based (yogurt powder, cedar cheese and butter), 2 oils (olive, canoa), honey, sugar, tomato paste, dried chickpeas,yeast and popcorn. The rest of my food is veggies / fruits with efforts to produce from our garden.

When I look at that list I can find things which moderately could be self produced (like salt, milk products, yeast) but others which are quite hard (like - cumin, wheat). I'm trying to eliminate more products from my kitchen but I think that I'm very close to the bottom line.

I'm quite keen to hear other people's experience and share information / ideas.

Cheers

Eran
Comment by Linnéa Lindstroem on November 11, 2009 at 10:47am
Hi there,
you're welcome to my place (adress below) to pot up tomato seedlings and take home, this Saturday (Nov. 14th) between 2pm and 5pm! If you've got space and time to care for one or many tomatoplants, come and pick some up! I had an amazing germination rate and find myself with easily 4 times the number of healthy seedlings I've got space for, so I'm giving them away to keen urban foodgrowers.

Varieties: Green Zebra (loads!), Grosse Lisse, Henry's Delight, Roma and Tigerella.

Bring pots and some potting mix (don't think I'll have enough) – first here will be first to choose!
Just reply with a "yes I'm coming" so that I know how many people to expect, and feel free to forward to friends who'd be interested.
If you feel like learning how to make your own potting mix, please give me a txt before so I can get enough ingredients and work out a price.

Live – Love – Learn
Linnéa

Linnéa Lindstroem
Upper 106 Maida Vale Rd (that's quite close to the water in Balaena Bay, up a few stairs, parking on the street or on the parking by the water)
Roseneath

Cell: 0210 48 48 58
lilindstroem (at) gmail.com


(PS : If you're short on time, simply wrap them in wet newspaper to pot them up once you're home again.)
Comment by spencer clubb on November 4, 2009 at 10:32pm
Hi all

I have some certified seed potatoes to give away - they are red rascal main crop from tui. I have about 8 or 9 spare. Also, I have a lot of small heritage potatoes that have sprouted and look very much like they want to be planted. They were purchased to eat from Simply Good Food CSA - they may be kowhiniwini but I'm really not sure. If you are interested in either of the above, you can give me a call on 021 o73 386o or e-mail me at spencer_clubb[at]yahoo.co.uk. I live in karori and should be around at the weekend.

Cheers!

Spencer.

ps if anyone has any parsnips, leeks or tomato seedlings that they don't have room to plant, I would love some :)
Comment by Linnéa Lindstroem on October 28, 2009 at 11:24am
Calling out to all wellingtonians!
I'm leaving for a week long trip on Saturday morning, and need to get rid of seedlings I've raised. As usual, I've got too many for my little spot... So, if you want:
- kumikumi squash
- chucks winter pumpkin
- whanga paroa crown pumpkin
- buttercup squash
- marketeer cucumber
- parsley (curled or flat)
- all season cauliflowers, already companioned with dill
- brusselsprouts
- mixed greens for windowboxes or small spaces (silverbeet, lettuce, spinach, red cabbage...)
PLEASE call me (0210 48 48 58) and come and pick up at my place before Friday eve! First call - first served...
Live – Love – Learn
Linnéa
Comment by Charmaine on October 22, 2009 at 10:56pm
Hello
I have added an Event to oooby. it is a Soil Remediation workshop run by innermost gardens. Lynsey has already mention it below.
if you would like more details then check out this link http://ooooby.ning.com/events/soil-remediation-workshop
or send us an email innermostgardens@gmail.com

Charmaine
Comment by Linnéa Lindstroem on October 20, 2009 at 11:47am
Many seedlings are gone... but another batch is coming up! Tomatoes from Koanga Institute seed:
Tigerella, Green Zebra, Henry's Delight, Henry's Dwarf Bush, Russian Red, and also Roma.
Ok for anything from exchange, giveaway, to selling them.
Comment on my wall to get in touch.
 

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