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Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Hi Natalie - thanks to the combined efforts of us and wwoofers, our gardens are looking better than ever, and the bank of seedlings awaiting planting out is dwindling. The garden by our house finally has all its beds built, and we are making a chook…"
Jan 7, 2015
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"*** Watches tumbleweeds blow through here *** Hopefully it's because everyone is too busy growing (or battling the late spring) to post much here. But I do fear that oooby participation is dwindling - and possibly defecting to Facebook (where…"
Dec 16, 2014
Richard Grevers commented on Ricky P's group Kai - food for new zealand
"Just as an update: Permaculture New Zealand Inc has rescued the kai.org.nz domain name and is in the process of getting a copy of the website and its database. Hopefully it will be back online some time in 2015 (restoring it will be a spare-time job…"
Dec 16, 2014
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"The big seed order from Kings arrived fast, but just after prime seed-planting time - so I waited until the moon wasn't quite so full then got to it - might get some slower germination times. Finally have a good paste tomato - San Marzano. I…"
Oct 18, 2014
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Our tomatoes are about 2cm tall at present. At least the Yellow Cherry ones are (100% germination, our own saved seed) - the Bloody Butchers (from the local seed swap) haven't appeared at all yet!. I've just pricked out the yellows into 2…"
Sep 28, 2014
Richard Grevers commented on Jacob Verbeek's photo
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Raised bed close up

"We were thinking of (well, had started) doing a rock/concrete thermal mass wall in our greenhouse, but were warned that it would be a slug hotel. Not so bad if you mortar up all the gaps."
Jul 30, 2014
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Until we get some decent-sized biodynamic windrows going (need wwoofers for that!) we are buying Return2Earth which we get from the New Plymouth landfill. The input is all the green waste from the transfer station (so it can't be certified…"
Jul 24, 2014
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"I finally pulled up the tomato plants the other day (thereby harvesting the absolute last toms!). I must photograph the root structures - for the plants where I laid most of the plant underground with just the top leaves exposed, they were…"
Jul 24, 2014
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"picked the last few tomatoes in the tunnel house last week! Now to transplant some winter veg in there and try some salad greens. The rest of the property seems to be under an inch of water despite sloping! We are cooking up plans to develop an area…"
Jul 2, 2014
Richard Grevers replied to Bridge Scully's discussion Trades/Swaps/Wanted kefir grains, raw milk, sourdough starters etc..... in the group Weston A Price
"My friend Sue Wells has sourdough Starter in Chch. Searching for Wellswood Consulting should find her, or the Facebook group "Sourdough Supporters Society" which she set up."
Jul 2, 2014
Richard Grevers replied to Vickie's discussion Growing veggies in containers in the group Food Growing Q&A
"Since seeds contain stored nutrients to get the plant started, many seed raising mixes contain no or few nutrients.  A seed raising mix should have (1) good water retention and (2) sterility (minimal chance of containing weed seeds which will…"
Jul 2, 2014
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Are you going to the national Permaculture hui in Welly next weekend Cally?"
Apr 19, 2014
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Definitely worse than Lusi here. Thursday we took the chainsaw with us when we went to town (and needed it). Both the apple trees we got fruiting this year shook so much that they made holes around their stems. They will need backfilling and staking…"
Apr 19, 2014
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Yes, especially as very high rainfall tends to leach nutirents out of the soil during winter. We are looking for cheap, effective ways to build geodesic domes, as these have the best wind resistance."
Apr 4, 2014
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Hi Rex, Elevation has a lot to do with it - we are 460 metres up amid rainforest. The hill behind us rises another 1000 metres, so generates its own weather, as does the next hill over (Mt Taranaki). Daily highs are about 3-4° cooler than down…"
Mar 30, 2014
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"First red tomatoes are ripe - some roma. putting them straight in the freezer so I can build up batches for relish or sauce making. If we get production up to farmers-market stand levels, we'll certainly have a late-season time advantage! It is…"
Mar 25, 2014

Profile Information

Suburb
Strandon
Post / Zip Code
4312
I am a...
Smallholder
I can offer
Gardening & yard labour, to be a gardening buddy, Permaculture design, Tools & Equipment to hire/borrow, Preserving
Food Growing Skill Level
Moderate
Experience and Qualifications
Permaculture Design Certificate
I am interested in...
Buying Local Food, Selling Local Grown Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Seed Savers
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.

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Help needed with NZ food growing resource

There is a website, www.kai.org.nz started a couple of years ago with COGS funding which promises t be a valuable resource for growing food in New Zealand. The trouble is, it appears to be abandoned, and is filling up with spam, particularly its glossary section.

It is designed as an open wiki, protected only by captchas. Since Ooooby has such a rich people/knowledge resource, I'd love to see people getting behind this site by

1) Editing spam…

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Posted on August 30, 2013 at 12:48pm — 5 Comments

The city without hunger

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.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/food-for-everyone/the-city-that-ended-hunger

Posted on October 9, 2010 at 11:38pm

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At 11:09pm on October 26, 2012, Kali said…

HI Richard, I have some tatsoi seeds I could send you some, and maybe some other things if you are interested :)

At 8:09am on January 8, 2011, Hester said…
Thanks for posting the Avaaz petition, Richard. I was just going to, and saw that you already had.
At 8:08pm on April 25, 2010, Pete Russell said…
Sounds oooobylicious!!
At 1:50pm on March 23, 2010, Kama Burwell said…
Hey Richard,
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
 
 
 

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