Jenine Abarbanel
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Poultry sitting, to be a gardening buddy, Food from my garden, Preserving
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Buying Local Food, Bartering Local Food, Learning, Preserving, Seed Savers
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
On our half acre section, we've got about 100m2 of garden producing reasonable amounts of kitchen produce. I would love to have people to ask questions of when things go wrong. We grow a lot of chillies and I make salsa and chilli sauces. We always have more chillies than we need. We also have a small flock of hens who don't lay enough eggs.
I have a lot of very productive feijoa and red guava trees. Figs looking good this year, too.

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My beloved chickens

I'm spending a lot of time handling the chickens at the moment.  My favourite, a half bantam, half something else speckled red hen named Grace has come down with scaly leg mites.  We noticed a limp about a week or so ago.  By today she could hardly walk at all.  I've put her in a cage and coated her legs in vaseline.  I'll keep doing this every day, and dip her legs in rubbing alcohol once a week, until she gets better.  She hates being caged, my Grace.  She's a stubborn, independent,…


Posted on January 22, 2012 at 8:18pm — 1 Comment

My letter to Kate Wilkinson

To the Hon. Ms. K. Wilkinson, MP.

I am concerned that the new Food Bill will limit the access to affordable healthy foods from small-volume local producers. I have read everything I can find on the subject, including as much of the Bill itself as I could manage, the proposed amendments, and various analyses, and I remain unhappy about the effect it will have on small growers and producers.

Nearly one in three New Zealanders are obese.…


Posted on January 3, 2012 at 8:56am

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At 11:30am on January 4, 2012, Pam Unkovich said…

Woohoo, isn't this an amazing social form of intense gardening competition.....which is why I hardly ever use it except for vicarious reasons (actually, not sure if that's the right word that I intended - meant that I'm living my gardening life through others - word looks like I meant that I'm becoming a gardening layperson!!) xx

At 2:45pm on January 1, 2012, Megan said…

welcome to ooooby  Jenine. You'll have to befriend Aaron, a fellow chili enthusiast.

Check out all the groups where you'll find lots of helpful advice & tips from fellow gardeners.



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