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Ricardo Oscar Marques left a comment for Charlotte
"Hi I am in Mangere, I am looking for close people to swap stuff. I need a hand with my garden, especially where I am going to put my fruit trees. Also what sort of trees should I buy. I can offer a hand, but also I am developinng a project to use…"
Apr 21, 2011
moggy replied to Charlotte's discussion Saving Seeds of Edible Sprouts in the group Seed Collecting Q&A
"Not so much for alfalfa as I don't know if it is avaialble in the bin inn or similar places, but for say moong beans to sprout, don't buy them as sprouting seeds in little packets, buy them for $4 a kilo loose and use those, the…"
Jan 30, 2011
Richard Watson replied to Charlotte's discussion Saving Seeds of Edible Sprouts in the group Seed Collecting Q&A
"There would be a bit work growing your own Alfalfa seed,but it wouldn't take long to pick $4 worth i'm sure as they do grow into big plants "
Dec 14, 2010
Kali replied to Charlotte's discussion Saving Seeds of Edible Sprouts in the group Seed Collecting Q&A
"I have tried to grow some alfalfa, it takes a while to establish and flower, and for little return!, the seeds are so small and hard to harvest by hand. ( I buy alfalfa and red clover for sprouting from terrace farm) there are other plants you can…"
Dec 14, 2010
David Bell replied to Charlotte's discussion Saving Seeds of Edible Sprouts in the group Seed Collecting Q&A
"By "alpha" do you mean alfalfa, or lucerne?"
Dec 14, 2010
Charlotte might attend Pania Robinson's event
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Free introductory talk: Dirt Doctor at Grey Lynn Community Centre

December 16, 2010 from 7pm to 8pm
Dirt Doctor workshops provide the secrets to growing a lot of food, in little space for busy people.This Thursday will give you a taste of what they're all about.Come along to meet Dirt Doctor presenters, Jacob, Hana and Pania and join us for a cup of fresh herbal tea.See More
Dec 14, 2010
Charlotte added a discussion to the group Seed Collecting Q&A
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Saving Seeds of Edible Sprouts

This might be a bit of a novice question, but I  find I go through quite a lot of sprout seeds which I have being buying for about $4 a packet. If I wanted to save my own alpha seeds, does anyone know how much time/space it would take till the plant went to seed?Thanks in advance, CharlotteSee More
Dec 14, 2010
Todd Saunders left a comment for Charlotte
"Yes everything will be taking off at the moment. Some of the varieties may be fairly vigorous but it will mostly be the heat. Could be - I can't recall all the seeds I sent you. The corn will be dark blue if I have or multicoloured. If its…"
Nov 20, 2010
Charlotte commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Picked my first 3 strawberrys today. They're growing in one of those pots with pockets up and down so they can grow out all over pot.. BUT im finding only one side of strawberry is turning red, mb because the other side is resting on…"
Nov 20, 2010
Charlotte left a comment for Todd Saunders
"Wow don't those seeds sprout fast?! Wonder if its the breed or due to warmer weather, but they are shooting out!! Couple questions for you... The seeds in little cluster, is that corn? The woodland strawberrys and raspberrys look the same to…"
Nov 20, 2010
Todd Saunders left a comment for Charlotte
"There should hopefully be tiger worms and some other variety that turned up by itself. The white ones might be immature worms. You can grow them ok in pots, although you'll often get better crops if they are in the ground."
Nov 11, 2010
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Nov 11, 2010
Charlotte commented on Megan's blog post I love my puppy but....
"I feel for you, my dog dug up all my bromillads last year... :("
Nov 11, 2010
Charlotte left a comment for Todd Saunders
"Hi Todd, Yay thank you, received them this morning. The worms seemed to survive, there were two types, normal worms and then little white ones, what are the second type? Will the berries grow ok in containers or should I put them outside? Thanks…"
Nov 11, 2010
Todd Saunders left a comment for Charlotte
"Hi Charlotte, I've popped some seeds in the post for you today. I've popped a small pack of worms in (I haven't sent them before so I hope they make it). I've also included a couple of woodland strawberries and some raspberries.…"
Nov 9, 2010
Todd Saunders left a comment for Charlotte
"Hi Charlotte, I use both. I also use mustard, borage and the like to sheet mulch which cuts down on work and improves the soil. I grow a couple of areas of comfrey, mustard, borage etc each year for chook fodder, compost tea, and mulch. If you have…"
Nov 8, 2010

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Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Seed Savers
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Since I am flatting and move more often than I like, I've switched to container gardening. Currently, I've got potatoes, garlic, sweet peas, corriander, brocolli, lettuce, tomatos...

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At 7:20pm on April 21, 2011, Ricardo Oscar Marques said…

Hi

I am in Mangere, I am looking for close people to swap stuff.

I need a hand with my garden, especially where I am going to put my fruit trees. Also what sort of trees should I buy.

I can offer a hand, but also I am developinng a project to use goats and sheeps in urban areas.

I wait your answer.

I am looking for active members, I wrote a while ago to all Mangere members and stll waiting reply.

At 2:33pm on November 20, 2010, Todd Saunders said…
Yes everything will be taking off at the moment. Some of the varieties may be fairly vigorous but it will mostly be the heat.

Could be - I can't recall all the seeds I sent you. The corn will be dark blue if I have or multicoloured. If its brown it might be hardneck garlic.

If they are dwarf peas they need very little room as they won't grow more than about 50cm max. The bigger varieties grow similar to a bean - a 1.5-1.8 metre stake or a bit of fence would be fine - shouldn't need much space really. I use branches from fruit trees - complete with smaller branches for mine.

The strawberries will basically be a set of leaves attached to a few roots. The raspberries will have smaller leaves at the top and tend towards long and thin - will be bigger than the strawberries.
At 7:45pm on November 11, 2010, Todd Saunders said…
There should hopefully be tiger worms and some other variety that turned up by itself. The white ones might be immature worms. You can grow them ok in pots, although you'll often get better crops if they are in the ground.
At 11:07am on November 9, 2010, Todd Saunders said…
Hi Charlotte,

I've popped some seeds in the post for you today. I've popped a small pack of worms in (I haven't sent them before so I hope they make it). I've also included a couple of woodland strawberries and some raspberries. Thanks, Todd :)
At 12:46pm on November 8, 2010, Todd Saunders said…
Hi Charlotte,

I use both. I also use mustard, borage and the like to sheet mulch which cuts down on work and improves the soil. I grow a couple of areas of comfrey, mustard, borage etc each year for chook fodder, compost tea, and mulch. If you have a small area free it may pay to do the same? Sorry I've been hugely busy at work and hadn't sorted all your seeds to be sent. A worm farm costs nothing aside from the intial outlay for the worms and the bins. You can use almost anything - I use a few large plastic pots stacked up on top of each other with a bucket at the base to catch the worm tea. I'll send you some of mine. Thanks
At 8:57pm on October 24, 2010, Todd Saunders said…
Grass clippings are fine as a starter. If you turn it every day or so with a garden fork and add ripped up wet cardboard, newpaper and any other green matter.

Perhaps you might like to try a worm farm?

Everyone's got to start somewhere. That's fine - seeds don't cost me anything to grow and I'm more interested in giving seeds away than swapping them.

You're most welcome. Its just a matter of finding the right people. Ooooby is probably a good place to start as you can get in touch with like-minded people. They seem to be a good source of advice and possibly a source of plants/seeds.

I'll send off your stuff on Tuesday. Cheers :)
At 10:47pm on October 15, 2010, Todd Saunders said…
Hi Charlotte,

What types are you currently growing? I have a few I really like but if you're in containers you may want a good bush or cherry tomato like Riebenstraube or a good cropping smaller variety like Russian Red. Some of the Italian types seem to do well too in small spaces.

There's always plenty to learn when it comes to gardening - my garden constantly surprises me :) I have plenty of herbs and some capsicum and squash.

You can if you like. I swapped with Kali recently and we each sent a bag of stuff. I'm happy to send you off some and cover the postage in any case.

There are plenty of different ways to deal with white fly. Probably the easiest is soap. You simply add a good dollop of dishwashing detergent to water and spray it over the leaves of you plants.

Another you could try is speading vaseline on a yellow plastic bag and place it close to your infected plants. Shake the plants and the white fly will fly off onto the bag and stick to the vaseline.

If space allows I'd recommend some companion planting to attract beneficial predators and also some plants that may discourage them.

I'm not familiar with what plants specifically would deter whitefly, but I plant garlic, borage, pyrethrum, marigolds and allysum and have had few issues with white fly. I'll send you some borage to help attract some bees.

Yes buying dirt does get expensive. The old Yates guides recommend that method but I'd guess you don't want to dig up the lawn if you're planting in containers?

Without spending any money, what do you currently have available in terms of green matter, soil and fertiliser? Do you have lawn clippings? Reasonable amounts of newspaper? Dry grass?

Ideally you'd want to build a good compost heap. I can give you instructions on some of the methods, otherwise I have a few tips which I used to use when I grew in containers.
At 10:01am on October 4, 2010, Todd Saunders said…
Welcome to ooooby. No they are potatoes. They are commonly referred to as Taewa or Maori potatoes. Most are heritage varieties, some of which date back to the 1800s when they were introduced to New Zealand by early settlers/missionaries/sealers/whalers etc. I still have a few left if you want some.

What seeds would you like? I'd expect you'll want some peas and beans and tomatoes? Do you have room for pumpkins?
At 12:41pm on September 16, 2010, Angie Gibbons said…
Welcome to Ooooby, here are some links that might help you get started:

http://ooooby.ning.com/group/sandringhamgardeners

http://ooooby.ning.com/group/waitakerebackyardplots

Angie
 
 
 

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