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Jan 23, 2016
David Bell commented on Graham's group Waihi NZ
"Katherine, love some Boysenberry Brulee. I live in Waihi, but pass Tanner's Point road weekly. How do we arrange delivery? David"
Jun 20, 2013
David Bell commented on Isabell Strange's group Propagating by Grafting, Layering and Cuttings
"Not sure of two buds on the one stock, apart from one thing. I have heard that some gardeners do two buds of the same scion on opposite sides of the stock, and keep the better one. Other than that, I have never heard of it. My feeling is that it is…"
Jan 27, 2013
David Bell commented on Isabell Strange's group Propagating by Grafting, Layering and Cuttings
"Easy way to check. Slice off a leaf, and a sliver of cambium. If the cambium then peels off cleanly from under the leaf, it is time to bud. You should be able to see the bud in the hollow just under the base of the leaf (it looks just like a small…"
Jan 27, 2013
David Bell commented on Isabell Strange's group Propagating by Grafting, Layering and Cuttings
"Christy, planting the runners is best, although you are very late. Ideal time for you would be mid-May. However, even now will give you some sort of crop before Christmas. Two-year old plants are past their best. If you really need them, by all…"
Aug 2, 2012
David Bell commented on Rebecca's group Seed Collecting Q&A
"Dahlias will grow from seed without any help. I simply let the dead heads fall, and did nothing else. I have about 6 or 7 seedlings. One of them is absolutely gorgeous. They were self-sown, and will usually flower second year. You can save seed…"
Mar 27, 2012
David Bell commented on Rebecca's group Seed Collecting Q&A
"The leaves are the bit that grows. Ask the shop to keep a pineapple for you with all of the leaves still on."
Mar 27, 2012
David Bell commented on Rebecca's group Seed Collecting Q&A
"Sorry, no. Ask the shop for one (or more) of the tops. Question. What do they do with them after they cut them off?"
Mar 27, 2012
David Bell commented on Rebecca's group Seed Collecting Q&A
"If you mean, pineapples, simply cut the top (the tuft of green, with a little bit of the pineapple) off a pineapple, and plant it. Presto, pineapple plant. Tropical, so frost tender."
Mar 27, 2012
David Bell commented on Isabell Strange's group Propagating by Grafting, Layering and Cuttings
"Careful of pomegranate cuttings, they grow like weeds.   Take small cuttings just after leaf fall. Plant in soil or compost, set in firmly, keep well watered and drained. Mine all took without rooting hormone. And, careful. The thorns are sharp."
Dec 31, 2011
David Bell replied to Richard Watson's discussion Development of a possible new red onion in the group Seed Collecting Q&A
"It looks like a cross with a tree onion"
Dec 29, 2011
David Bell commented on Pete Russell's group Ooooby-versity
"I am working through the Food Bill.   My comment so far. It is the sort of legislation that was used in communist Russia to starve or otherwise eliminate somewhere between 30 million and 50 million Ukranians in the 1930's.   Unless…"
Dec 26, 2011
David Bell commented on Isabell Strange's group Propagating by Grafting, Layering and Cuttings
"You have a long wait to find out, I guess about 10 years, maybe longer. Best bet is to graft on to older stock, in which case, with luck, only 5 years to wait. (Damsons are reputed to take 21 years from grafting)."
Dec 22, 2011
David Bell commented on Pete Russell's group Ooooby-versity
"See the link below for an English town growing its own veggies. http://www.naturalnews.com/034412_home_gardening_vegetables_civic_buildings.html"
Dec 21, 2011
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Dec 21, 2011
Pete Russell left a comment for David Bell
"Hi David.  If you simply copy the web address of the article you are referring to into the comment section then other will be able to click on it."
Dec 21, 2011

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Waihi
Post / Zip Code
03610
Food Growing Skill Level
Confident
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Helping Others, Seed Savers
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
Apples, feijoas, bay, persimmons, loquats, medlars, figs, tangelos, Ugly fruit,

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Raised gardens

A comment on the dimensions of raised gardens. I have found that a height of 25cm (10 inches) gives plenty of depth for almost any plants, and is deep enough to stop serious drying out. Since birds are often a problem I make mine the size of half a roll of wire netting. The mesh is 5 metres long (16'5")) by 3 feet wide (910mm). Brads in the top of the boards make a simple clip-on fit.

Posted on November 24, 2009 at 3:33pm

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At 2:14pm on December 21, 2011, Pete Russell said…

Hi David.  If you simply copy the web address of the article you are referring to into the comment section then other will be able to click on it.

At 2:17pm on September 17, 2009, David Bell said…
Plums need a very coarse sieve for good sauce. It has to remove stones and skin, but let all the flesh pass through. I use quarter inch or half centimetre stainless steel mesh, and the back of a spoon to push through as much as possible. I have some spare mesh if you are local (Waihi).
At 8:26pm on September 13, 2009, Shona Cullen said…
Welcome David, Is great to have experiance on oooby, the more the better!
Regards
Shona
At 12:43pm on September 10, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Hello David. Welcome. It's great to have you with us. I hope you like it here. Enjoy oooobying!!
 
 
 

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