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Gardening & yard labour, Gardening advice, Garden watering, Garden sitting, Poultry sitting, to be a gardening buddy, Lead a workshop
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Experience and Qualifications
Horticulturalist, Lots of years in the garden
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Buying Local Food, Selling Local Grown Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Seed Savers
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kurly kale, rhubarb, mixed berries. cape gooseberry

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Pesto recipe idea inspiration

* 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

* 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese

* 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

* 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts

* 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced

* Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

* Special equipment needed: A food processor (Check Amazon.com's sales on Cuisinart food processors)


1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If… Continue

Posted on January 24, 2010 at 10:07pm — 5 Comments

An inspirational thought i was sent!


Isn't it amazing that George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent...and so very appropriate.

A Message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have… Continue

Posted on August 7, 2009 at 4:48pm — 1 Comment

Chicken tractor

We recently befriended an elderly couple that we met at church, they are moving house and need a hand to move some things and were gifted about 18 cans of old wheat that have been packed with dry ice since 1982, i wasnt exactly sure what i was going to do with it all but it has worked out great as they gave us a big hutch as well. We have been given three cool chickens from a friend out at kaukopakopa, we had been talking about it for a while and everything has fallen into place really well,… Continue

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 11:08pm

Hammer accident

I finally pulled my finger out and started digging out to put in another bed to grow some more vegetables and had a rather unfortunate accident and wacked my middle finger with the hammer, and before you ask it bloody hurt! my finger has swelled up and has gone a funny colour under my nail has gone black and for the first two days was really painfull i hope the pleasure was worth the pain. The bed is still sitting there in the garden nearly finished but not quite. i hope i can muster the… Continue

Posted on March 18, 2009 at 4:57pm

East coast beaches awesome for sea weed!

We drove over to the east coast on the north shore, as its just as easy to get there as it is to the west coast beaches, we stopped off at murrays bay and the whole beach was covered in sea weed, next time i will take my trailer and load it high, while we were there an elderly couple were there getting a trailer load for there garden, we had bought a roll of bin bags with us in case we saw some, but we ended up taking four bags home with us, i pilled it up on top of the compost heap, and within… Continue

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 6:00pm

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At 8:19pm on January 12, 2011, Laine said…
Ha! Culling I can do, but she has a shell - it is just breaking for some reason. Have consulted a vet friend who says its common for this time of year and to give them heaps of greens and protein.
At 6:00pm on January 11, 2011, Laine said…
Yeah, their feathers are looking a bit scruffy of late so maybe I should get some other grit. They have been fine on shells for 18 months so I thought it might be another reason, and the eggs they do lay (sporadically) are fine, except the one chook. They get plenty of wandering dew in the area between our property and the neighbour, which they have access to. Thanks for the comment. L
At 10:12pm on November 24, 2010, Jude Simpson said…
You are welcome.

Also put some blue borage plants in with the parsley to bring the bees around.
Luv your chooks, beautiful colours and they make such a luvly sound.
At 7:48pm on November 23, 2010, Jude Simpson said…
I can drop off 2morrow as am going to Westgate.
Rain check on seedlings, thank you, as space is full right now
At 8:34am on November 23, 2010, Jude Simpson said…
Hi Daniel,
I have some greens for your chooks.
Where do you live in Glen Eden?

Your big Marigold shrub looks magnificent growing in the middle of the vegetable garden.
At 1:21pm on August 12, 2010, Brooke Walker said…
Hi Daniel,
If possible can I deliver all the fruit trees to your house on Friday. That wasy I don't have to deal with it on Saturday. There will only be 16 or so. Would also love your help on the day. I hope it doesn't rain too hard. I would also love to talk about follow up work. I am moving to the South Island so I wont be around. But Lincoln Heights Primary will be involved on the day and would like to support and residents who are keen. I'm hoping you can be an gaurdian since you are such a keen gardener. We'll talk about it on Sat. Should I deliver the plants after 4pm on Friday?
At 10:49am on July 28, 2010, Brooke Walker said…
Daniel. I have exciting news and need to talk to you. Possible opportunity for your whole street. Can you give me a call at work asap? 827 6749 Thanks!!
At 9:37am on January 27, 2010, Fiona Drummond said…
Hi Daniel, sorry to take a month to reply but have been in the Coromandel for 34 days, lovely! You're welcome to any bamboo, any time. Give me a call on 817-5445, we are away again tomorrow to Gisborne until next Tuesday.
At 9:28pm on January 24, 2010, Daniel Andrews said…
My very early tomatoes were flops, as i was performing in a choir with the Auckland symphony orchestra over Christmas. The first tomatoes were swelling over this time and have what appears to be blossom end rot they have a blackened bottom end and are decreased in size the next few tomatoes that are coming throught are looking amazing i picked a good basket full earlier and look fantastic there are a few holes on some of the damaged fruit maybe the bugs have been feeding on them? Am also trying the squashing thing if i see them but for a time wasnt sure if they were friend or foe have you got the spotted stink bug or are they green?
At 11:57am on January 23, 2010, Margreet de Vries said…
Hi Daniel. They seem to inject some sort of stuff which rots the tomtoes from that point onwards. My experience is that they do huge damage. I almost gave up on growing tomatoes after a few years of having them damaged in this way. At the moment I am hunting for them twice a day and squashing them on the spot hoping the stink may deter some of their mates from feeding here as well. Luckily my glasshouse is unaffected and providing me with a good crop. Did you see the comment about the neem oil or powder. I will give that a go too I think. Hope you find some solution too Daniel.


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