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Kelly Ronayne and Hester are now friends
Apr 6, 2016
Kelly Ronayne commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Thanks Hester, that would be fantastic! I'll keep my fingers crossed. "
Apr 5, 2016
Kelly Ronayne commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Yes, unfortunately they only have Speckled Siberian tomatoes, which are a different variety. I may still try these if I can't get my hands on Siberian or Siberian Giant. Thanks!"
Mar 23, 2016
Kelly Ronayne commented on Robyn Guyton's group Southland Seed Savers Network
"Hi everyone, I'm obnoxiously commenting on every seed-saving group I can find, so please forgive double postings. I'm looking for 'Siberian' and 'Siberian Giant' tomato seeds, but can only find them in international…"
Mar 22, 2016
Kelly Ronayne joined Robyn Guyton's group
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Southland Seed Savers Network

Established in 1999 we are working to keep a living network of seeds that do well in Southern New Zealand.  We hold seed saving courses twice a year.We really need more seed savers in Southern NZ.See More
Mar 22, 2016
Kelly Ronayne commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Hi everyone, I'm obnoxiously commenting on every seed-saving group I can find, so please forgive double postings. I'm looking for 'Siberian' and 'Siberian Giant' tomato seeds, but can only find them in international…"
Mar 22, 2016
Kelly Ronayne commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Hi everyone, I'm obnoxiously commenting on every seed-saving group I can find, so please forgive double postings. I'm looking for 'Siberian' and 'Siberian Giant' tomato seeds, but can only find them in international…"
Mar 22, 2016
Kelly Ronayne commented on Tony Lucas's group Freecycle & Barter
"Hi crew, I have a pile of freshly-picked *hot* habanero chillies to give away or swap with a chilli-lover! I live in Papatoetoe, and and work at Middlemore if ppl want to pick up :) (I can also post, but probably won't get to a post shop until…"
May 4, 2014
Jewels Annabell replied to Kelly Ronayne's discussion Picky Chickies! Introducing new foods to growing birds... in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Hey Kelly, think I'm about to go through the same thing!  I had my original four and they ate most things, and had their definite favourites (like silverbeet and strawberries!).  I got them at about 12 weeks and that was five years…"
Jan 28, 2014
Kelly Ronayne added a discussion to the group Poultry in Urbania
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Picky Chickies! Introducing new foods to growing birds...

Hi! I am new to keeping chickens, and have 2 10 week old girls. I've put them on pulley grower pellets and tried giving them a few yummy snacks, but they seem to turn up their beaks at anything but chick crumbles!I'm wondering if they need to see another chicken eating things to get it, or if they're having trouble swallowing anything bigger than crumbles - they seem to peck fairly ineffectually at things. They ate a tiny bit of cottage cheese (once they'd pecked the chunks into tiny particles)…See More
Jan 27, 2014
Kelly Ronayne joined Robyn Guyton's group
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Food Forests NZ

Food forests and forest gardens are promoted through permaculture . This forum is for those who are growing or would like to grow one in their property.See More
Jan 27, 2014
Kelly Ronayne replied to Pam's discussion Dill in the group Herbs
"Hi! You should let it go completely to seed and dry out, and keep the seeds for next year! Dill leaves are good with fish, especially salmon. Cold smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill and optional tomatoes are amazing on crackers or fancy bread... Noms."
Jan 26, 2014
Kelly Ronayne and Kali are now friends
Aug 5, 2013
Kelly Ronayne commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Finally have time to do all the garden jobs I've been putting off now my holidays have finally started - and the ground is sodden! Typical! Oh well, can still do pruning, tying up, feeding and mulching.... although I may have to wait a while to…"
Jun 27, 2013
Kelly Ronayne replied to Laine's discussion What fruiting plants like wet feet? in the group Food Growing Q&A
"Where are you? Lots of subtropicals like the damp... try sugar cane :)"
May 14, 2013
Kelly Ronayne replied to Andy's discussion Identify mushrooms in the group Free Food New Zealand
"It would be really helpful to get spore prints to help with a positive ID - take the caps off the stalks & place the caps gills-down onto a piece of transparent plastic or paper & leave overnight. The colours of the prints will tell us a…"
May 11, 2013

Profile Information

Suburb
Papatoetoe/Puhinui
Post / Zip Code
2025
I am a...
Gardener
I can offer
Gardening & yard labour, Gardening advice, Garden watering, Garden sitting, Poultry sitting, to be a gardening buddy, Preserving
Food Growing Skill Level
Moderate
Experience and Qualifications
Horticulturalist, Lots of years in the garden
I am interested in...
Buying Local Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Seed Savers
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
Just bought our first home, so am excited about having a permanent residence to invest in the soil! Am using these guidelines from Koanga Gardens to build up the soil: http://www.koanga.org.nz/articles/soil-amendments-using-commercial-...
It's a bit expensive up front, but it's a one-off cost, and I see it as an investment.

Our section is relatively small, but I'm cramming in as much as I can manage! I'm using a mixture of growing in pots, root restriction, dwarf varieties, judicious pruning and espaliering to keep the fruit trees in check.

Fruit: Figs (Brunoro Black & Misa), Peach (Flamecrest), Apples (Prima & Freyberg), Pear (Seckels), Plums (Black Doris & Damson), Mandarin (Encore), Feijoa (Apollo), double grafted Meyer Lemon / Tahitian Lime, Blood Orange, Banana (Hamoa), Casirimoa, Fruit Salad Plant (Monstera), Naranjilla, Tamarillo (Ted's Red), Passionfruit (Black Beauty & Vanilla), Boysenberry (Brulee), Raspberry (Clutha & Yellow), Rhubarb (my grandma's!), Blueberries (Blue Magic, Blue Dawn & Tasty Blue), Gooseberry, Red & Yellow NZ Guava, Strawberries (Ivory, Captain Cook & Margeurite).

Gardens are still getting established, but i'm gunning for:

Veges: Lettuce (Heirloom MIx), Tomatoes (Mortgage Lifter & Cherry), Lebanese Cucumber, Eggplant (Black Beauty), Celery (Nutty), Zucchini (Black Beauty), Pumpkins (Crown, Chuck's Winter, Cupola, Austrian Hulless - for seeds, & Kamo Kamo - for eating young like courgette), Broccoli (De Cicco) & Cauliflower (Violet Sicillian).

Herbs: Basil, Thai Basil, Coriander, Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley, Oregano, Marjoram, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Mint, Mint Julep, Peppermint, Vietnamese Mint, Chamomile, St John's Wort, Heartsease & Elecampagne.

Flowers & Companions: Calendula (Heritage Mix), Nasturtiums (Heritage Rainbow Mix), Borage, Marigold (Inca & Lemon Gem), Amaranth (Love Lies Bleeding), & Sunflower (Tarahumara & Giant Russian) - also Rugosa Roses for hips & Tea Roses for fragrance.

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At 8:17am on August 29, 2011, Lorraine Barnett said…
Still have some, they have rooted well and now I have them in some soil, still should be ok to send when you are ready.
At 4:19pm on June 22, 2011, Lorraine Barnett said…
I've taken the cuttings usually heal ones... Have dipped in organic hormone to promote root growth will let you know how its going.
At 1:51pm on June 22, 2011, Lorraine Barnett said…

No problem Kelly, will take some today... It's a dull dampish day here in Marton today so quite good for doing that.

Would you like me to get them growing first or just send as cuttings?

At 8:26pm on February 8, 2011, Jacqui Knight said…

Hi Kelly - I must have been in an awful rush when I wrote that below.

 

If you can register on our website, www.monarch.org.nz, you will automatically be updated. Hope that makes better sense!

 

Jacqui

At 6:11pm on February 8, 2011, Jacqui Knight said…

Hello Kelly

 

Please an you register on our website, so you can be kept updaed with information.

 

www.monarch.org.nz.

 

Thanks

 

Jacqui

At 2:12am on September 7, 2010, Sheri said…
Hello Kelly and "Welcome" to the new Funk & Flash From Junk & Trash group. Check out the discussion on "Vertical Gardening", very nifty ideas for people who rent and have to keep their gardens mobile. So glad you joined!

At 5:35pm on August 19, 2010, Megan said…
you're welcome. Do let me know if they don't take, can raid my friend's garden again, there are plenty more!
At 11:10am on July 21, 2010, Sophia Rose said…
Hi Kelly, welcome to the ALL-RAW group! look forward to sharing, inspiring and learning with you. You're not too far from Waiheke either, so we'll have to get you along to one of our monthly raw pot luck dinners!
At 11:54am on July 7, 2010, Megan said…
Hello Kelly, happy to send you some cuttings but off on holiday tomorrow and back the 19th. Will go out with my secateurs when I get back from holiday. Just pm your address to me.
 
 
 

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