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Paul commented on Laura's group Bay of Islands NZ
"How many are you looking for Kate? I dig mine up around this time each year and spread the root cuttings around the orchard, so can spare some if you like."
Jul 28, 2013
Kate and Paul are now friends
Apr 4, 2012
Paul left a comment for Kate
"Hi Kate  Not sure if you got my email re Tree Lucerne.  If you haven't got it, let me know and I'll message it to you on here. Paul."
Apr 3, 2012
Paul joined Robyn Guyton's group

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
Mar 20, 2012
Paul commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Hi Everyone.  Im looking for some Canna lillies.  If anyone has surplus they want dug out, I'd happily do this for you!  Any location between Kerikeri and Auckland is OK with me as I commute frequently.  I hope to plant…"
Jan 17, 2011
Paul commented on Laura's group Bay of Islands NZ
"Canna Lillies wanted.  Does anyone have a surplus of these?  I would like to get hold of a large quantity but any quantity will help!"
Jan 17, 2011
Paul commented on Laura's group Bay of Islands NZ
"Hi There We are moving to a couple of acres in Kerikeri sometime between now and August. Very keen to get growing and keep some chickens!"
Mar 13, 2010
Paul joined Laura's group

Bay of Islands NZ

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Mar 13, 2010
Kali commented on Paul's blog post Summer Garden
"wonderful, I am so jealous, if you think you have had it cool, spare a thought for us west coasters! everything of mine is way behind yours, the costata romanesco are one thing growing well at my place too though, lovely big tasty zucs. Mr expert…"
Jan 14, 2010
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Jan 12, 2010
Richard Watson replied to Paul's discussion Green rhubarb stems ok to eat? in the group Food Growing Questions and Answers
"Hi Paul,I think that its just the variety as to way one is redder than the other,i have two different varieties, one is a green long stem type and other is short stocky and red,i find the green is the taster."
Jan 5, 2010
Paul replied to Paul's discussion Green rhubarb stems ok to eat? in the group Food Growing Questions and Answers
"Great, thanks for the info. I'd never seen green stem rhubarb before now, so just wanted to make sure! It makes sense that different varieties may have different colourings too. I also wonder if the amount of sunlight could also have an effect?…"
Jan 4, 2010
David Earle replied to Paul's discussion Green rhubarb stems ok to eat? in the group Food Growing Questions and Answers
"I agree - the stems are fine to eat red or green. It is just the leaves you need to avoid. When we were kids we used to pick the stems straight from the garden, and eat them raw, dipped in sugar."
Jan 4, 2010
Megan replied to Paul's discussion Green rhubarb stems ok to eat? in the group Food Growing Questions and Answers
"Hello Paul, there are different varieties of rhubarb and one of yours is a type that has green stems. They're still fine to eat."
Jan 4, 2010
Paul added a discussion to the group Food Growing Questions and Answers

Green rhubarb stems ok to eat?

One of our two rhubarb plants has green stems - very little redness in them. Are they still OK to eat?The other plant is a year younger (too small to pick from yet, but has bright red stems....See More
Jan 4, 2010
Paul commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Lynda, Try giving them something even more tasty than your peaches to eat. Leave out some peanut butter (NZ possums love the stuff) in a spot away from your trees. They might just eat that instead!"
Nov 24, 2009

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Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
rhubarb, apples, blueberries, citrus, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, peppers, sunflowers, eggplant, onions, garlic, beans, silverbeet, beetroot, mesclun salad greens, strawberries.....and a range of herbs

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Summer Garden

Summer has to be my favourite time of year for the garden.

It seems everything is abundant and lush! Temperatures seem down a bit this year, so everything is cropping a little later when compared to last summer. The bonus is that moisture is holding better in the soil. I've also been stuffing straw mulch around the plants wherever possible which is also helping keep the moisture in.

As usual I have packed as much as possible into the raised beds, so a lot of plants are growing over… Continue

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Spring garden update

Just thought I'd post a progress update with the garden this spring.

This year I have decided to sow all my own seeds rather than buy punnets from the garden centre.

I kept all the plastic punnets last year for re-use.

The second batch of seeds for this season are now sprouted and rapidly growing.

The first lot I had placed in a cold frame made from an old window.

These have now been transplanted into the garden - Tomatoes, coriander, basil, courgettes, squash, onions,… Continue

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 3:26pm

Trees planted and mulched

Apples, feijoas, avocado & plum trees planted last weekend. Straw mulched the ordchard bed after planting. 3 carloads of cardboard from the local supermarket for a base to the straw.

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Posted on October 5, 2009 at 9:00pm

Tree planting and mulching weekend ahead!

Hi Everyone

I've compiled a collection of young trees to plant out this weekend.

From Koanga I got 4 x dwarf apple trees, which I plan to espalier along the fence.

A heap of comfrey cutting also bought for planting under the trees.

From Kaipara Nurseries I got 2 x feijoas, an avocado and another lemon tree.

From my cuttings taken last autumn I have 4 spouting plum trees in pots. I think I'll plant out one of these and keep the rest for grafting peaches onto next year… Continue

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 4:36pm


Hey everyone, thanks for all your lovely feedback on my photos!

Secrets / tricks? Well I wish I knew exactly!

I think the two most influencing factors on my garden are the soil, and timing of planting out.

Im lucky in this garden to have a generous layer of about 300mm of good topsoil on top of the clay. Simply stripping off the lawn layer and digging over the soil with a bit of mulch added has produced good results. Previous gardens I have had I havent been so lucky, and have… Continue

Posted on July 30, 2009 at 9:03am

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At 8:36pm on October 30, 2009, David said…
Hi Paul

Thanks for the positive feedback on our discussion last night. Would be great to have you get involved in the group. Not sure if you have registered on the ttdevonport site yet but here is the link.
At 11:08pm on September 19, 2009, Annabelle said…
Thanks so much for the cabbages and celery. Amazingly looking(and tasting) specimens!! We had some of both for dinner tonight. Shared some of the cabbages with a neighbour. I've been telling her all about ooooby, encouraging her to join, your cabbages might just clinch it I think! I've never seen such beauties! Cheers.
At 9:29am on May 4, 2009, David said…
Hi Paul. I'd be keen to take a couple of cuttings from your plum tree. How can I contact you? Thanks David

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