Karen Swainson
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Karen Swainson added a discussion to the group Food Growing Q&A
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Borer in persimmon tree

The top half of one of my persimmon trees snapped off over the weekend due to some evil little borer or similar that had been munching away inside. Any tips on how to save the rest of the tree (now rather small) and to make sure the other one next to it doesn't get attacked too? The trees are about three years old.See More
Nov 16, 2015
Karen Swainson joined Lisa L's group
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Making Cheese

Let's talk about Cheese...See More
Nov 16, 2015
Karen Swainson updated their profile
Nov 16, 2015
Karen Swainson commented on Lynn Lacy-Hauck's group Titirangi NZ
"Hi Soul, I'd be interested in getting involved as much as I can with two littluns. Whereabouts is the land?"
Apr 9, 2013
Karen Swainson and Buffie Mawhinney are now friends
Apr 9, 2013
Suveran Dewsnap commented on Karen Swainson's photo
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"It doesn;t quite look like Acanthus to me, aren;t there leaves entire and also much larger, and they sucker madly....if this wasn't suckering, it was something else."
Jul 9, 2012
Suveran Dewsnap commented on Karen Swainson's photo
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"These are Rengarenga lily....in pre-european times they were cultivated for there fleshy tuberous root which is apparently edible though I've never tried them. give it a go and let me know haha :)"
Jul 9, 2012
Karen Swainson commented on Karen Swainson's photo
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"Thanks Christine, it's gone!"
Sep 16, 2011
Karen Swainson and Christine Moginie are now friends
Sep 16, 2011
Christine Moginie commented on Karen Swainson's photo
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"It looks like acanthus which is very invasive so no one will be sad if you dig it out to plant your veges. Cheers Christine"
Sep 9, 2011
Karen Swainson commented on Karen Swainson's photo
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"Can anyone help me identify this plant? Is it worth keeping in my soon-to-be abundant veggie patch or am I better digging it up?"
Aug 25, 2011
Karen Swainson commented on Karen Swainson's photo
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"Can anyone help me identify this plant? I've got loads of them in the place where I'm about to start my veggie patch and want to know what they are before I start pulling them out. I can always relocate them if they're worth keeping…"
Aug 25, 2011
Karen Swainson commented on Karen Swainson's photo
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"Can anyone help me identify what's growing on the right hand side of this picture? Some kind of fungus?"
Aug 25, 2011
Karen Swainson posted photos
Aug 25, 2011
Karen Swainson and Erin Fae are now friends
Aug 23, 2011
Karen Swainson commented on Lisa L's photo
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love my tomatoes

"Stunning!"
Mar 7, 2011

Profile Information

Suburb
Laingholm
Post / Zip Code
0604
I am a...
Gardener
I can offer
Garden sitting, to be a gardening buddy
Food Growing Skill Level
Moderate
I am interested in...
Buying Local Food, Selling Local Grown Food, Bartering Local Food, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
I've started quietly with pots of herbs, salads, carrots, courgettes, capsicum, baby beetroot and strawberries on the deck, and I'm amazed by how well they've grown, and how good it's made me feel having that connection with something we're eating. Plus the worm farm's going strong... I haven't really got a clue what I'm doing but that means I'm constantly learning huge amounts!

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