Robyn Wolfe
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Suburb
Paraonui
Post / Zip Code
3420
I can offer
Gardening advice, Food from my garden
Food Growing Skill Level
Confident
Experience and Qualifications
Lots of years in the garden
I am interested in...
Community Gardens, Learning, Helping Others
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
Yakon, Jerusalem Artichoke, Kiwano, Ulluco, three types of corn - for porridge and polenta, for flour, for the hens, - a variety of runner beans including King George, Lima and pinto beans. Plus all the usual vegetables
I am learning about all the varieties of Native potatoes. I am growing on eight varieties to pass on but have found out that there are up to thirty varieties in NZ. I am involved in helping new gardeners start off their veg. gardens which is fun.
I love trying new things and the best part is planting the seeds and watching them develop. The challenge is to keep things growing in the winter. Here we have quite heavy frosts because we are high above sea-level. Someone said we're as high as the Kaimais(?)
I have worked in a community garden for three years but have loved gardening all my life. As a small girl I was allowed to buy one packet of seed in spring, and I always had a path in 'my garden.'
I think I was a chook in a former life! (Love scratching in it)
If there are folk in my area who need help, support, advice or start-up materials, please feel free to contact me through SPARC Waikato, phone 886 9002 in Tokoroa. It will cost you nothing!

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This is an exerpt from Wally Richards letter.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article entitled When Agriculture Goes Mad which talked about the problems that GE or GO (Genetic fiddling) was causing in America, South America and India. This week I received an email which linked to a clip of an interview with Dr Don Huber. The email stated: Monsanto has unleashed a micro-monster that could kill us all. That's according to Dr. Don Huber, an agricultural scientist and expert in microbial ecology, who's convinced that Monsanto's genetically…

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Posted on December 22, 2011 at 10:32am — 1 Comment

Nutrient Dense food

I am starting on a whole new adventure with a refractometre.  I have measured a luscious leaf of silver beet and it came out Brix 4 to my chagrin...and I use chicken manure, lime, woodchips and grassclippings and all the rest of it.  So now I am out to sprinkle some magic dust and liquid and see what happens.

Posted on March 3, 2011 at 2:50pm — 2 Comments

A good harvest coming?

Has anyone else had a good crop of apples?

  My trees are absolutely groaning with fruit.  In fact I've got the best garden in a long time even though I started out with a gammy foot. Alas, Hester, my chookies have gone.  I was feeding them when I slipped and broke my ankle, they got the blame and were taken away to a farm.

I'm beginning to read about Nutrient Dense Food. Got information from Kay Baxter.  Very interesting but the cost of the machine to measure it all ($150) I…

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Posted on January 31, 2011 at 5:33pm — 2 Comments

White butterflies

I read in last Friday's NZ Gardener newsletter that plastic shapes of white butterflies stuck on kebab sticks keep them away. Apparently they are territorial and don't encroach on butterflies already there. I'm passing this on so others can have a go, too. I doubled some of the sticks so they are higher above the kale etc. Let's know if they made a difference.

Posted on December 15, 2010 at 5:17pm — 1 Comment

Back into it, even if slowly!

What bliss! Soil under the fingernails after three months! And no rain. Managed to clip some lawn edges over the last two days. The edge clippers make a good substitute crutch. There is a cringingly lot of work to do to catch up but I guess it all teaches me patience. The leg bone has healed but the swelling stops easy foot movement - but I'll get there. Thanks for all your thoughts.

Posted on September 29, 2010 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

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At 7:20pm on May 12, 2013, Daniel Martin said…

Hi Robyn

Well it goes like this...if it is extracted in a licsenced kitchen and by a person with a food safety cert, and the packaging is labeled correctly (phew got all that!!) then you can sell it.

Would you be prepared to swap produce in return for a hive or two at the gardens? We can arrange when and how that works  later on.

Regards, Daniel

At 10:48pm on December 3, 2012, Daniel Martin said…

Hi Robyn. I have bees!! but only  one hive doing well so unfortunately nothing at the moment to come down to Tokoroa, sorry I had big dreams of getting a hive in the community garden for you.

At 9:28am on October 23, 2012, WIC Garden Project said…

Hi I'm using the term 'group' rather loosely.  I'm really just trying to find out if there is a place anyone can go and borrow tools that I could promote.  Thanks anyway.

At 8:44am on October 16, 2012, WIC Garden Project said…

Hi

Thanks for your kind offer to loan me tools: I have my own tools, am based in Hamilton.  I work with a group in Tokoroa and wondered if there was a tool bank I could promote to them. 

If you knew of any gardening clubs in Tokoroa, I'd be interested to hear of those too.  Cheers.

 

At 4:23pm on September 16, 2012, Daniel Martin said…

Hi Robyn

I am not expecting anything great, honey wise this year (but you never know what will happen) I will have a nucleus of Carniolan bees arriving soon and will get that established at home before moving down to the community garden. if we have a good year we could expect 10-20kg of honey off the hive. That would be neat wouldnt it?

 
 
 

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