"Root crops day. Replanted #2 potato tyre and planted four varieties of carrot in a new double-dug bed. Clearly wasn't going to get permanent yam bed finished so I'veplanted some in a couple of tyres as an experiment."
"Small to medium - Rocket is a fast variety for new potatoes, so I was pleased with the size of the larger ones. 10 tubers per plant is I believe an average yield. The plant was still thriving, so I definitely would have gotten more weight by…"
"Just harvested the Porsche tyre, which was planted with 5x rocket. Yield was 48 tubers, 2.3 kg. Tubers from bottom of tyre to near surface, none within 8cm of walls. Started with tyre half full and progressively mounded."
"Tests of some large NZ tyre dumps showed no measurable leaching. Someone I know had soil from a tyre tested and found heavy metals, but they hadn't tested the soil before it went in to the tyre, so that's inconclusive"
"As I understand it you just keep mounding progressively until you can add a tyre. Three of our six tyres have two tyres now. I think the rocket potatoes will be ready in a week or two, so i'll let you know the results. One lot of rockets are in…"
"Came down with the lurgi yesterday - a fluey head cold. Was supposed to be a big root crops weekend. The torrential rain would have made yesterday a write off anyway. Today was fine, and by littering about at half speed I managed two more potato…"
"Due to our altitude we have a later season. Lots of rain on Sunday, and a few showers on Saturday and Monday, but despite that we managed:
First major lawn-mowing - the longest patches needed the brush-bar first. Clippings went to feed the…"
"Planted asparagus crowns yesterday - a bit like burying starfish!
Today it's onions, garlic chives, beetroot and lettuce into seedling trays. Garlic sprouted during the week. Pondering whether to intersow carrots (mutual companion) or nothing…"
"Last weekend we built two no-dig beds in the fenced garden, and finally got the garlic into the ground - 45 cloves. We scraped off all the topsoil before putting down the cardboard base, as topsoil is a bit in short supply here, although I did…"
"Thanks Virgil. That gives us some hope, as "dry weather" is something of an unknown concept this close to Mt Taranaki - save for occasionally in February. We'll be aiming to provide a season-long menu of the bees favourite plants…"
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Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
We are developing a 5,500 sq block at 430m elevation near Egmont National Park, as an organic/permaculture property. We bought it in November 2010, so its early days yet. Read all about that at http://www.permaculture.geek.nz
In the meantime we have 809 sq section near CBD. A few established fruit trees.
Successfully growing potatoes, yams, kumara, courgettes/marrows, snow peas, sweetcorn, silverbeet, cabbages kamokamo, kikuyu and weeds.
Struggling with beans, tomatoes, capsicum and several other crops this year. Still learning heaps. The garden is taking a bit of a back seat while we prepare the house for sale.
The Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte has taken the"radical" step of recognising access to food as a basic right of its citizens and created an environment where producers sell locally grown direct to consumers at an affordable price.
I'm looking forward to your produce for the Ooooby Stall on Thursday !
You can drop it into the Environment Centre or the Inglewood library anytime before 2pm, or straight to the Ooooby Stall, preferably before 3pm.
Nga mihi, Kama