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Permaculture Experience, Horticulturalist
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Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, WWOOFA Hosting, Seed Savers, Swapping Food
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Fig, peacharine, nectarine, grapes, hazelnuts, walnut, olives, boysenberries, blackberries, feijoas, capsicum, stevia, worms, chickens etc


This is where my wife & I are now. Years of journeying and now we help people grow food and continue to learn ourselves.

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Posted on February 15, 2009 at 12:39pm

Farmini raised gardens

Raised gardens have many benefits regardless of whether or not they are created following organic practices. We will cover the benefits of organic growing in a separate post however.

Raised gardens are not a new idea, the have been used in various guises around the world for centuries. Raised gardens are undergoing a resurgence in interest though and for good reasons.

More Kiwi’s than ever before are living in urban areas. Those urban areas are becoming more and more built… Continue

Posted on February 15, 2009 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

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At 10:42am on January 21, 2010, Joel Simpson said…
Hi Alyn - my wife and i are travelling around NZ in February & March, and interested in doing some Wwoofing... your profile says you are interested in being a Woofa host - is that something you are still interested in?
At 9:01pm on June 29, 2009, Hester said…
Hi Alyn
Would you like to come to the Oooobymeet at my place on July 19 and meet some of the other local Ooooby members? There will be opportunity to swap and share too.
At 9:12pm on April 12, 2009, Paul & Melissa T said…
Howdy from a Hawkes Bayite. I'm fairly new here. Your raised mini gardens are brilliant - best of luck, Mel.
At 10:13am on February 15, 2009, Sonya said…
Thanks a lot Alyn - that's been a big help. I was worried that if I thinned them out I'd end up with less capsicums, but what you said makes sense. I'll give it a go!
At 9:21am on February 15, 2009, Sonya said…
Thanks Alyn! We've been eating lots of silverbeet and zucchini because they've been so prolific, and we've had to dry lots of herbs since they've been doing so well too. It's so rewarding. :)

You might be able to help with something actually... :) Do you have much experience growing capsicums? I have 3 plants that are doing really well, new fruit appearing almost daily. Do I have to thin the capsicums out at all, so that the fruit grows to a decent size? If so, just how much should I thin them out? I can't seem to find any information on it anywhere!
At 11:12am on January 16, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Hello Alyn. Love your Farmini biz. Just what we need. Looking forward to seeing more from you guys.


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