Claire W.
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Urban Farmer
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Gardening advice, Preserving
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Lots of years in the garden
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Buying Local Food, Selling Local Grown Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Seed Savers, Swapping Food, Eating Local Food
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
I am now living out west in Auckland with my partner and as he has a full section, I'm very excited about kicking off a new garden. :) So much space, so much enthusiasm, so much potential!!! :)

So far I have growing in the garden: Peas, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Borlotti beans, Onions, Carrots, Parsnip, Beetroot, Parsley, Sage and Thyme... And in pottles I still have seedlings of Navy beans, pumpkin, more tomatoes and more peas.

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My new Blog on Blogspot

Hi, I am starting a blog! it features information and tips on organic, fair trade and NZ grown products ranging from food and health products, to clothing and shoes.

It is a simple how-to blog with easy realistic ways to make changes to organic, fair trade or NZ grown products! I want to document my progress as I change to a more ethical lifestyle so that others may see how easy it can be.

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Posted on May 6, 2011 at 11:52am

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At 11:43am on October 15, 2010, Diane SQ said…
Hi Claire, I may be able to come today to swap seeds for kefir. email me on . today around 2 could be a posssiblity. (my phone line seems to be down)
otherwise, can kefir be sent by post in a plastic bag placed in a normal size enveloppe?
At 1:53pm on October 28, 2009, imrose said…
Hi Snick,
How r u??A few good days for gardening eh??Too hot!!
At 9:22am on October 2, 2009, Keri said…
Thanks, that's awesome. I understand your instructions perfectly! And I can see from the pictures too, so I might have a go. I'll let you know how I get on. Cheers, Keri :-)
At 10:09pm on May 30, 2009, Robbie Deighton said…
I heard about lemon sage, but not pineapple sage. I'll definitely have to try and find it somewhere!
At 9:48am on May 29, 2009, Robbie Deighton said…
Never heard of lavender tea? You should try some when you get a chance. There's several ways you can prepare it. Just steep some fresh or dried lavender flowers in boiled water for a delicate lavender taste, or you can add some to ordinary black tea for a different taste (similar to how earl Grey tea is black tea flavoured with bergamot) Best to steep in the lavender for a while and then add a teabag because if you put them in together the tea flavour drowns the lavender.

The tap water at home isn't very tasty, but I refuse to drink bottled water at home. Because I've started to get into the locavore thing more and more the last couple of years I was feeling more and more guilty about buying tea which has been transported thousands of miles. Although I haven't kicked the habit completely (my excuse is that it doesn't weigh that much, so not as much energy has been wasted transporting tea compared to say, chocolate) I've been flavoring my water with herbs from my garden. I grow and make tea from lemon balm, rozemary, sage, thyme, mint and lavender at the moment. a combination of lemon balm and sage is my favorite right now. Thinking of growing some chamomile, and rose hips and have slowly been surfing the web to see if liquorice root is feasible in my garden... if it's possible that would be great with mint :)
At 10:47am on April 17, 2009, Sarah Walsh said…
yeah, I did notice some baby strawberries a couple of days ago and shook my head in disgust...silly strawberries. If they were going to do that they should have thought of it a month ago. Then they'd have a chance of actually ripening.


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