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Robyn Wolfe left a comment for Michael Schenk
"How's it going?"
Jan 20, 2011
Robyn Wolfe commented on Michael Schenk's album
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The garden so far..

"My golly, what a transformation from the first photos. You are doing well! Just watch that oregano - if it hasn't already it will spread quite rapidly. I found mine very tricky to get out - entangled around the edges. Now safely in a pot!…"
Jan 18, 2010
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"Wow! You Are doing well. Good job!"
Dec 6, 2009
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Companion Planting

Exploring which plants are beneficial to each other when planted together and which plants are best kept apart.
Oct 23, 2009
Michael Schenk left a comment for Kali
"Hey Kali, just a quick question again regarding that celery you recommended I harvest since it's going to bolt. You mentioned that it's a biennial plant... this is the celery's first year so is it still going to bolt or will it only…"
Oct 23, 2009
Kali commented on Michael Schenk's photo
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"Hi Michael, thats a promising batch of healthy looking plants. your biggest problem will be keeping weeds under control in your newly dug-over bed so I recommend using your lawn clippings around the plants after they have settled in, as a mulch.…"
Oct 21, 2009
Hester commented on Michael Schenk's blog post OMG! Worms!!
"That's great news. You are really caring for your portion of the Earth!"
Oct 21, 2009
Michael Schenk posted a blog post

OMG! Worms!!

Yay! After almost an entire year of struggling to get my garden going - I have worms in my soil!!Last month I dug through my cluggy, clay soil to look for worms in there to see how healthy the soil is, but to no avail. About a month later, and today I was thinning out my small bunch of beetroot red cylindras and low and behold within a layer of pellitised pea straw mulch (dug into the soil a wee bit) there were little baby worms! I'm pretty excited about this - I'll try to post pictures…See More
Oct 20, 2009
Debbie L replied to Michael Schenk's discussion Testing soil? in the group Food Growing Questions and Answers
"Well I would just contact Environmental Fertilisers and ask them... that fertiliser you refer to is a good all round boost isn't it? "
Oct 17, 2009
Sarah Walsh replied to Michael Schenk's discussion Testing soil? in the group Food Growing Questions and Answers
"Hi Claire, I want to pick your brain...I've just done some PH soil tests around my garden, and much to my surprise the results are 7 - 7.5. I was expecting them to be below 6 and was then going to add lime. I have been to Kay Baxters workshop…"
Oct 17, 2009
Debbie Everson commented on Michael Schenk's photo
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"What a wonderful job you have done to dig this area. The hard work done now will show when you are harvesting at the end of the season."
Oct 10, 2009
Michael Schenk replied to Michael Schenk's discussion Mixing and matching growing methods.. in the group Food Growing Questions and Answers
"Thanks everyone for your helpful response! I'll try to get to it once I get some supplies and the rain goes away... we've had like 2 straight weeks of storms now..."
Oct 9, 2009
Claire Mummery replied to Michael Schenk's discussion Testing soil? in the group Food Growing Questions and Answers
"Hi there, I have been studying plant nutrients ie density and soil for the past year and from the knowledge I have gained it is very worth while getting a soil test done, a Reams soil test is the one you want. All our growth, plant and human health…"
Oct 9, 2009
Mel and Michael Schenk are now friends
Oct 7, 2009
David replied to Michael Schenk's discussion Mixing and matching growing methods.. in the group Food Growing Questions and Answers
"Hi I Pretty much done this ...I use the sfg method for the planting and spacings ...But have used layering for the soil structure...However my raised borders are 8 inches rather than 6 ...This gives me a little more ability to do the no-dig/layer…"
Oct 7, 2009
Hester replied to Michael Schenk's discussion Mixing and matching growing methods.. in the group Food Growing Questions and Answers
"I used to follow the earIy guidelines for squarefoot gardening. Over the years I've adapted the system to suit myself. The main elements of squarefoot gardening that I still use are the layout and spacing. I don't always follow the spacing…"
Oct 7, 2009

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Hataitai
Post / Zip Code
6021
I can offer
Gardening & yard labour, to be a gardening buddy
Food Growing Skill Level
Zero
I am interested in...
Buying Local Food, Selling Local Grown Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, WWOOFA Working, Seed Savers, Gardening on others Land
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
Hi. I'm currently growing some veggies and herbs in a small approximately 3x4 meter plot in my yard. I live at the top of Mount Victoria in Wellington, NZ, and so it's really windy and cold, and the soil is very muddy. However, I seem to be doing okay with some broccoli, celery, lettuce, silverbeet, beetroot, dill, oregano, thyme and parsley. I'm looking for advice to improve my food growing skills.

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OMG! Worms!!

Yay! After almost an entire year of struggling to get my garden going - I have worms in my soil!!



Last month I dug through my cluggy, clay soil to look for worms in there to see how healthy the soil is, but to no avail. About a month later, and today I was thinning out my small bunch of beetroot red cylindras and low and behold within a layer of pellitised pea straw mulch (dug into the soil a wee bit) there were little baby worms! I'm pretty excited about this - I'll try to post… Continue

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 9:37pm — 1 Comment

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At 5:35am on January 20, 2011, Robyn Wolfe said…
How's it going?
At 8:45am on December 6, 2009, Robyn Wolfe said…
Wow! You Are doing well. Good job!
At 11:49am on October 6, 2009, Robyn Wolfe said…
If you want to see some video on Heligan google 'Heligan videos.'
At 11:49am on October 6, 2009, Robyn Wolfe said…
Thank You for looking!
Butterflies. I grow the plants from seed and keep most of them in the hothouse until they are needed. I sometimes pick them off to put on to fresh foliage but they choose where to hang. I raised more than 70 last year. The last ones didn't make it.
The flour mill I got from The Koanga Institute - just Google.
If you want some seed send me an e-mail in the inbox, so that it's not broadcast, and give me your physical address.
Look in the seed saver group, too.
At 9:37am on October 6, 2009, Robyn Wolfe said…
Love the dog! A real cutie..
My, you have done well so far. Thanks for the photo commentary!
Your soil looks really sticky and I don't envy you. I work in volcanic soil which is light and pleasant to work in. I can sink a bamboo half a metre with out really trying. (Skiting?)
I have just been to The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall where they have a veg garden 2 and a half acres. I never used to dig but after watvhing the video I bought I am now. They get a supply of horse poo (Iguess anything similar would do.) Rot it - I put mine in a bin for weeks with some water- kills the weeds and gooblies. Then they dig down an spade depth, spread the soil on top and then cover with seaweed. They do all this in winter time.
If you want less weeding, put a couple of layers of newspaper and spread the bought compost on top to smother any weed seedlings.
I'll watch your garden with interet to see how you go.
Welcome to Ooooby. It's fun!
At 9:31am on October 6, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Welcome Michael. Nice photos. Have fun oooobying!!
 
 
 

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