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Comment by Katherine Lucas on September 1, 2009 at 6:57am
Hi. I am planting Mulberry cuttings at the moment. I've been told I can plant these cuttings now and use last years sapwood up to 6ft long. What I also need to know is, should I remove the buds and if so, just the buds that will be under the ground or all the buds except the top say 1ft? Does anyone know. Also if you would like some sapwood, let me know. They are the red/black mulberry.
I used to have a productive apricot when I lived in Wilson Street, it was the first thing the new owners cut down.
I think passionfruit need really rich soil, mine are very poor examples of passionfruit vine. Never any flowers but hopeful this year.
I see I have just sent a message to myself, I didn't realise I had my own personal message page!
Regards Katherine
Comment by Mary Carmine on August 30, 2009 at 4:59pm
Worth a go. Glad to note your calling the frosts beautiful. I like them too. They kill the bugs. Not to mention producing beautiful days. Apricots are supposed to do well in Waihi. THere's a myth that they need gold in the soil. Sounds good. I've never tried growing them though.
Comment by Mary Carmine on August 30, 2009 at 10:30am
I have tried to grow avos in Waihi for years and was feeling pretty good about a couple of them that had survived two winters and were about a metre high but the severe frosts killed them this last winter. I found if you get really heavy frosts they will die even when covered when they are little. But on a more positive note there is a mature one in a garden up by the hospital so it is possible. Mind you lots of people grow passionfruit around the town in sheltered spots but I have had no success with those either. Perhaps my garden gets heavier frosts than some others.
Comment by Katherine Lucas on August 28, 2009 at 10:00pm
Hi everyone. I have just managed to join OOOOBY and now join the Waihi group. I am really looking forward to belonging here. Graeme and Mary I think your introductory comments were really spot on. Katherine
Comment by Rob and Caroline Harrell on August 28, 2009 at 9:11pm
Hey Tanya, if you're going to the dvd showing on Sunday that'd be a better time for us, as we won't be in town tomorrow. If not then maybe sometime next week?
Comment by Rob and Caroline Harrell on August 28, 2009 at 8:12pm
Hi Tanya, would you be keen on swapping avos for free range eggs or lemons??
Comment by Rob and Caroline Harrell on July 22, 2009 at 5:25pm
Yeh, we know what your saying about probs navigating the site. Just tried to change my profile to include Caroline and half an hour down the track and still no closer!

Our aim is also for self sufficiency. We have an eco tourism venture happening on our 12 acres and are in the process - thinking stages - of setting up a whole food shop in Waihi. This is to provide an outlet for fresh local produce (surplus garden veggies), ethical bulk foods and cottage industry products.

As we've never set anything up like a shop before it's a very steep learning curve and any advice or feedback from anyone would be greatly appreciated.

Back to the profile editing.
Comment by Mary Carmine on July 22, 2009 at 2:54pm
Thanks Graham I agree with most everything you have written although you may think that's strange considering what I do but I do think we have to work with the system so I try to make a difference in my work though frequently not successfully.

It is interesting that the older I get the more disillusioned I get with the constant quest for money that seems to permeate so many lives. There is huge satisfaction in being as self sufficient as one can. Of course that is OK for me to say as I have no mortgage. The reality is that most people spend so much time working and earning money to pay their mortgage or rent they have little time to put into more satisfying occupations, which is sad.

Over the past month I have been clearing some of my back section ( I also have an acre) mowing the long grass ready to establish an extra garden to keep as a 'survival' garden to see how self sufficient I can be over the next season. I am intending to spend as little time as possible on it and as little money as possible and I am documenting and photographing every step. My objective is to prove that much can be done even in a small space with little time and resources to improve our ability to feed ourselves.

By the way the artichokes were delicious and I have planted some out and will include some in my survival garden.

It's all very interesting and challenging. One point is that I do find this website rather hard to navigate around. No doubt I'll get the hang of it in time.
Comment by Graham on July 22, 2009 at 2:18pm
Hi Mary, Tanya and Rob. With a food group meeting looming I daren't not have initiated some activity here! Being housebound with sick kid makes sitting in front of the computer a possibility, so here goes.

I don’t know how this group will evolve, but if it facilitates communication between like minds in and around Waihi I will be happy whatever form that takes. My own driving forces in life are self-sufficiency, sustainability, an aversion to the money economy, a yearning for ‘tribal’ values, despair over consumerism, total lack of faith in anything but grassroot change….. I can (but won’t) go on. I have six kids (one at home still), an acre of land I am trying to manage alone; when I have to work for money I am a musician or computer technician. I am supremely aware that any future has to begin from what we have inherited/created and that direction is more important than success or failure in any one instance. I think if there is one key to the ‘transition’, it is RE-LOCALISATION. Of everything possible. Hence “Waihi Co-op”.

Excuse the manifesto, but we might as well know who we are dealing with.. You almost certainly don’t share all my priorities, but there will be some overlap or you wouldn’t be here. I’m here to listen anyway, not preach. I’m really happy to discuss all sides of anything in person (call in for coffee).

On a practical note.

1. Quite a few people who I know wanted to sign up haven’t done so. This is probably because of my incomptence at negotiating the Transition Town group mailing setup, but do please direct anybody to this group whenever possible. There are plenty of other intreresting groups and members on OOOOBY, but I think this is the only Waihi-focussed one.

2. The group resources seem to be: sending emails to the whole group, opening discussions and making comments to individual members. None of which I have used, but watch this space…. The profile pages offer blogs and photo galleries.

I am going to update my profile now! All the Best, Graham

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