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May 19, 2013
Gary Brown replied to Steff's discussion Top Bar Beekeeping in the group Bees
"Hi Steph my advice would be to attend the Auckland Bee club meetings ( there is one coming up on March 9 ), they have a TBH on site and you can get a good look at it and see how things operate. IMHO as a begining beekeeper, a TBH is a lot harder to…"
Feb 24, 2013
Gary Brown replied to Silja Baer's discussion Has anyone an idea how I can broaden my hens feeding habits? in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Stop feeding them pellets, well not at every meal time. Give them a variety of food choices, mine love spaggetti and it was one of the first new foods they took to as I guess the noodles look like worms. Bananas seem to have a good take up rate with…"
Dec 18, 2012
Gary Brown replied to Tara McFarlane's discussion Wanted - Bees for my trees in the group Bees
"You could contact your local bee club, there may be someone looking for a site for their bees."
Apr 23, 2012
Gary Brown commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Yeah, I tried scarifying with no success, but the boiling for one minute trick worked. I had a few germinate but most died due to wet feet."
Apr 6, 2012
Gary Brown commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Hi Kate Tree lucerne is used by DOC as a nursery plant  , much like gorse. Natives grow up through it and it does a wonderful job enriching the soil. There are some who advise all sorts of conditions in which it won't grow, and the general…"
Apr 5, 2012
Gary Brown replied to Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana's discussion Bee Keeping in Auckland to cost $190??? in the group Bees
"All this will do is make hobby beekeepers fail to register their hives. I'll hide mine in the bush and the spread of disease and parasites will rise. It is just a money grab to pay for a redundant inner city rail loop."
Feb 27, 2012
Gary Brown replied to Lisa Cliffe's discussion What does comfrey tea do in the garden. in the group Composting
"An Oooby member, Tim, has written a wonderful series of articles about permaculture and has excellent advice and facts available as a download, here- Comfrey is a must in any garden, just don't let…"
Dec 6, 2011
Katherine replied to Gary Brown's discussion Siting a hive in a home garden in the group Bees
"We had bees that distance and they were fine but sometimes they got caught in my hair. I never got stung but now have made a bit more room for their flight path. They drop down as they are coming into land. Ideally you need a few more metres from…"
Nov 13, 2011
Gary Brown commented on Pete Russell's group Bees
"" build their own comb (thus avoiding the problem of larger cells on pre-made foundation facilitating mite development) " Some bee keepers use frames designed to encourage bees to build the larger, drone, cells. As the drone has a longer…"
Nov 2, 2011
Gary Brown commented on Pete Russell's group Bees
"Little long on the self promotion but the meat of the article was good. I set out to be a "natural" bee keeper, built a beautiful Warre hive, then abandoned the idea of TBHs. In my opinion there is so much to learn about keeping bees that…"
Oct 29, 2011
Gary Brown commented on Pete Russell's group Bees
"I have an empty hive. I could pick them up tomorrow and swap you some eggs !"
Oct 14, 2011
Gary Brown commented on Samantha Freeman's group North Shore NZ
"Hay is not the same as straw. Hay is mown grass where straw is a bi-product of wheat or barley harvesting. If there are weeds amongst a straw bale I would hazard a guess that the proportion would be extremely low < 1%. Barley straw is a fantastic…"
Oct 13, 2011
Gary Brown replied to debbie coleman's discussion flooring for a covered run in the group Poultry in Urbania
"I am not familiar with the system of mixing dirt and sawdust, the chickens will do that themselves if there is dirt under the sawdust. I've kept chickens for 12 years and use untreated sawdust in my run. A deep layer, 10cm or more, should last…"
Sep 12, 2011
Gary Brown replied to Steve Withers's discussion Toxicity of Inks in Auckland newspapers? in the group Composting
"Newspaper ink is almost entirely soy-based, and non-toxic also newsprint is not bleached so is quite safe to compost or add to a worm farm. Also, corrugated cartons are made with starch glues, from plant starch like Corn and Potato. They are 100%…"
Aug 31, 2011
Gary Brown replied to Flo's discussion Hot composting in the group Composting
"Having a nice high nitrogen starter is always a bonus. Chicken manure is the best although any manure will do, I shy away from horse doo though as it contains weed seeds and if you don't get your pile up to a high enough temperature they…"
Aug 31, 2011

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I am a...
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Poultry sitting, to be a gardening buddy
Food Growing Skill Level
Experience and Qualifications
Lots of years in the garden
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Selling Local Grown Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Helping Others, Seed Savers
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
Have pulled almost everything out, need to get a really good layer of compost in to replenish my soil. Planted lots of greens for winter which will keep my chooks happy.
After 2 years finally got round to fixing a broken pane in my glasshouse !

Am proud of my extremely hot compost, gathering material for it all over the neighbourhood.

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At 11:38pm on August 21, 2011, Jools said…
Can't seem to post on the bee page but wanted to sAy.....I've heard of hives being sited on pergolas or roofs to avoid being disturbed. Good luck :)
At 4:00pm on May 7, 2011, Tim said…
Thank you !
At 5:54pm on May 6, 2011, Tim said…
Thanks for your feedback on my Comfrey journal entry Gary. It's great to see people getting some value out of them !  I'm thinking of including a comments/blog capability on the piginthemud website.  If I do would it be ok if I pasted your comments in there ? No worries if you're not.. Cheers tim


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