Margaret Hadley
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Suburban Micro Food Forest replied to Margaret Hadley's discussion Hugelkulture in the group Composting
"Hi Margaret. Ive opted for buried mini-hugels under each fruit tree because my soil is heavy, low fertility clay. I also had some soak hole trenches I took scoria out from, which I backfilled with logs and mulch. They are now flush berry…"
Jan 1, 2014
Megan replied to Margaret Hadley's discussion Hugelkulture in the group Composting
"hello Margaret, this is a rather late response but if your black boy peach hasn't been cut down yet, this link has a series of photos of the construction of a bed. Bever tried building one myself so don't have any answers to your specific…"
May 15, 2013
John Walker replied to Margaret Hadley's discussion Kiwifruit in the group Christchurch NZ
"Thank you Margaret... I will try and remember!!"
Jun 22, 2012
Margaret Hadley replied to Margaret Hadley's discussion Kiwifruit in the group Christchurch NZ
"OK, final update. The fruit still hanging on the fine are softening but not ripening. After a heavy snowfall and a series of frosts they seem to be rotting rather than ripening on the vine. Of the fruit I brought inside the ones in a paper bag with…"
Jun 22, 2012
Margaret Hadley replied to Margaret Hadley's discussion Kiwifruit in the group Christchurch NZ
"Now that the snow has cleared I ventured out into the back yard to look at the kiwifruit. Although I wouldn't call them ripe they are not as hard or as sour as they were so I am going to give this a try. The fruit are in a bag with the apples…"
Jun 12, 2012
Yannina replied to Margaret Hadley's discussion Kiwifruit in the group Christchurch NZ
"Hello   I have seen a vine pair growing against a north-facing dark-brown-painted fence at Woodend. Out there it gets the more coastal climate. The owner said it did produce. Other than that I know of a cocktail kiwifruit vine pair that…"
Jun 4, 2012
Kali replied to Margaret Hadley's discussion Tetragonia in the group Southern Seed Exchange
"interesting, thanks for following that up Margaret, yep we live and learn lol"
Jun 2, 2012
Margaret Hadley replied to Margaret Hadley's discussion Tetragonia in the group Southern Seed Exchange
"Like Kali, I found none of my books mentioned red stemmed tetragonia, but a bit of random browsing on the internet seems to have solved the mystery. What I have is Tetragonia implexicoma, not T. tetragonioides; slower growing, woodier and not as…"
Jun 2, 2012
John Walker replied to Margaret Hadley's discussion Kiwifruit in the group Christchurch NZ
"If they ripen up and start to taste better than "Ugh", then I would be interested in some!"
May 27, 2012
Margaret Hadley added a discussion to the group Christchurch NZ
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Kiwifruit

Anyone in Christchurch growing Kiwifruit?My vines are ramping all over the chookshed and nearby trees, with a prolific crop of fruit hanging at head level. After a couple of sharpish frosts the leaves are gone and I can see hundreds of kiwifruit hanging there; trouble is they are hard as rocks and sour as lemons. Ugh.  Do they ripen in Christchurch or is it like with figs - only one year in 10 seems warm enough to produce an edible crop? I dont want such a huge vine if I don't get any fruit…See More
May 27, 2012
Margaret Hadley replied to Nicolas Santini's discussion compost pile with some rubbish in the group Composting
"Don't worry about it. When the heap is full start another alongside it and leave this one to mature; when It has all turned to compost it will be clean and easy to handle and you can pick out the bricks and rubbish then. If the worms and stuff…"
Apr 4, 2012
Margaret Hadley added a discussion to the group Composting
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Hugelkulture

Has anyone got any experience with composting trees - hugelkulture?I grew a Blackboy peach tree from a stone: it produces beautiful peaches but the tree is a mutant. EVERY fork in a branch turns into a split that propagates back down the branch and in a wind the new branches break and fall off in pairs. I am cutting down the tree and want to compost it.If I pile the branches over the stump will it re-sprout through the pile or rot down? If I make the pile elsewhere on my sloping section should…See More
Apr 4, 2012
Kali replied to Margaret Hadley's discussion Tetragonia in the group Southern Seed Exchange
"HI Margaret, in my copy of 'seed to seed' by suzanne ashworth she says that ' there are a few distinct varieties in the world, one with smooth leaves, one smooth on top and hairy underneath and a third with very small glabrous leaves…"
Feb 25, 2012
Margaret Hadley added a discussion to the group Southern Seed Exchange
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Tetragonia

I have been growing tetragonia for a few years now - lush green NZ spinach that resists drought and - unless I am too tidy - self seeds everywhere. This year I got a bag of pine needles from South Brighton for my chook run and a seedling tetragonia popped up; red stemmed and far more 'weedy' than the commercial stuff but tetragonia nonetheless. I am planning to save the seeds from it just for interest - but how readily will it cross with the normal stuff? The plants are only a metre apart. A…See More
Feb 24, 2012
Margaret Hadley replied to Isabell Strange's discussion Planting to climatic conditions in the group Learn from my mistakes
"Its good to keep pushing the boundaries a bit though; received wisdom isn't always so wise.  Maybe the climate is changing - or maybe the plants are more adaptable than we knew? I remember that when I was young keen gardeners carefully dug…"
Dec 30, 2011
Richard Watson replied to Margaret Hadley's discussion Broad Beans in the group Southern Seed Exchange
"Sorry moggy but i'm thinking it is a throw back or a recessive gene but this more likely there has been some resent cross pollination, this may well have been up to 20 generations previous or even more,but of cause the longer a true line is…"
Dec 29, 2011

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Lots of years in the garden
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Buying Local Food, Preserving, Seed Savers

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