Maree W
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Mar 23, 2016
Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana replied to Maree W's discussion More than one Queen in the group Bees
"Hmmm Dead Bees, could be just the normal winter die off. Or could be something else. Normally a colony will remove the dead bees, is the hive pretty weak? If there is not much honey then yes I would feed them with 50/50 Sugar / Water mixture. If…"
Aug 19, 2013
Maree W replied to Maree W's discussion More than one Queen in the group Bees
"Thanks for your advice Gary. I have done as you suggested.  The hive was looking great until just this week, I noticed a lot of dead bees at the entrance.  I opened it up today for an inspection, and there is a pile of dead bees on the…"
Aug 18, 2013
Maree W commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Hi there.  Just wondering if anyone has any Astrantia seeds?  Thanks"
Jun 15, 2013
Maree W joined Hester's group

New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange

Are you looking for a particular plant or seeds ? Do you have spares?Post your notices here.See More
Jun 15, 2013
Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana replied to Maree W's discussion More than one Queen in the group Bees
"Hi Maree, First off I would remove the Queen Excluder over winter or place it below the roof, you don't want the cluster of bees moving up and leaving the Queen or in your case Queens behind. If it was a summer I would say move the other Queens…"
Jun 10, 2013
Maree W replied to Laine's discussion Possums in the group Food Growing Q&A
"I have heard (and tried) hanging camphor balls in the trees.  Supposedly the possums hate the smell.  I can't say definitively that it worked, but I think they helped. It is worth a try.  Good luck"
Jun 3, 2013
Maree W added a discussion to the group Bees

More than one Queen

I took out the varroa strips from my hive today, and had a check.  The frames in the bottom box were very mouldy, so I have removed them, leaving the box empty.  Built a stand to elevate the hive about 30cm also, hopefully this will improve airflow and ventilation.  Second box is looking good, lots of bees and honey and new brood. Bees are still very active.However, when I was moving the boxes, I found a queen above the queen excluder.  I put her back down into the brood box.  I then found two…See More
Jun 3, 2013
Steve Charters replied to Maree W's discussion Red guava recipes in the group Seasonal Recipes
"I agree with the comment about guava pulp and using it for ice-cream. Or make a fruit fool by simply stirring the cold pulp through whipped cream. I could never be bothered with the labour intensive guava jelly process which is so wasteful and…"
Apr 15, 2013
Jenine Abarbanel replied to Maree W's discussion Red guava recipes in the group Seasonal Recipes
"If you have the patience to remove the seeds, guava makes GREAT fruit leather, which is awesome in kid lunch boxes.  The recipe I use is here: To remove the seeds, I cook the guavas,…"
Jan 3, 2012
Maree W commented on Katherine's blog post Growing Rabbits for Meat
"Hi Katherine. It is interesting reading your blog, as I did a similar exercise recently. I bought 3 young does and one buck, which turned out to be 2 does and 2 bucks!  One buck became Houdini and got hit by a car when doing his escape, so I…"
Oct 21, 2011
Maree W joined Pete Russell's group


Whether you are a Beekeeper, would like to keep Bees or simply understand the importance of Bees, this group is for you. Viva la Bees!See More
Oct 14, 2011
Maree W joined Sylvia Bernstein's group

Aquaponic Gardening

Aquaponics is the marriage of organic hydroponics and aquaculture. Fish waste becomes organic plant food; the plants filter the water for the fish. Interested in learning more?See More
Oct 9, 2011
Maree W joined steve's group

S P I N farming

SPIN stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensiveSPIN-Farming is a non-technical, easy-to-learn and inexpensive-to-implement vegetable farming system that makes it possible to earn significant income from land bases under an acre in size.See More
Oct 9, 2011
Maree W added a discussion to the group Natural Or Organic Approved Plant Remedys and Tonics

Avodado agony

I have two avocado trees that are not doing well.  These are mature trees, they have dropped most of their leaves, regrown very small pathetic looking leaves, and are not fruiting well.  I think it may have phytophera???  Does anyone know of an organic cure for this? 
Oct 7, 2011
Maree W commented on Maree W's blog post Golden Kumara
"Yes it was just one kumara.  You can see the original tuber in top photo, on top of soil still in the tyre. I was talking to my Mum about it, and she said that her brother, when living in Rotorua, struggled to grow Kumara and pumpkins.  If…"
Sep 19, 2011

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Golden Kumara

I decided to harvest my Golden Kumara this weekend.  Compared to my purple kumara, the golden has given a much better crop.

One kumara sprouted on a windowsill, in a tyre with compost.  When it was sprouting through the soil, another tyre went on top, and filled with more compost.…


Posted on April 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

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At 8:17am on April 13, 2009, Gael said…
Hello Maree umm well still trying to work this site out, its a fab idea though :-)


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