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tabitha commented on Denise's group Auckland NZ
"My friend's mum who keeps bees suggested this:   "I have no idea but her garden might be in the bee's flight path. Bees fly in and out of the hive and establish a sort of pathway into the hive and they don't like anyone in…"
May 7, 2013
tabitha commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"i grow all my brassicas from seed (brocolli, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy, & chinese cabbage) and have had luck with majority of my trials. The only times the seeds don't sprout is when the sun/temperature gets too hot - i sprout my…"
Oct 8, 2011
tabitha joined Laine's group

Self Sufficiency - The Dream

A lot of people have the dream of a few acres of land and self reliance (as opposed to self -sufficiency, which is a myth!). This group is to draw together the experiences of those living the dream and sharing the lessons learned on the way with those still working towards living on the land.See More
Sep 24, 2011
tabitha commented on Denise's group Auckland NZ
"hi i just wanted to add that, as with most chinese leafy greens, bok choy cooks in a matter of minutes so i would add it to the stir-fry in the last minute or so before switching the flames off.  "
Jul 6, 2011
tabitha joined Pete Russell's group


A place to learn from each other about growing food.
Jul 31, 2010
tabitha joined Pete Russell's group

Growers Market

Feb 9, 2010
tabitha replied to tabitha's discussion Mixed Vegetable Curry in the group Vegetarian Recipes
"lol!!! Why thank you! I was 3 back then and just about to perform at my kindie's annual show. I think we just ran around in circles on stage, waving our chinese new year red packets! Enough to impress the parents though...hee hee!!! ;)"
Jan 20, 2010
Jennifer Cummings replied to tabitha's discussion Mixed Vegetable Curry in the group Vegetarian Recipes
"Your profile picture is the CUTEST! I got so enamored with the photo that I forgot all about the recipe! Very sweet. I'll try the recipe too - thanks."
Jan 17, 2010
tabitha posted blog posts
Jan 7, 2010
tabitha commented on Isabell Strange's group Preserving Your Surplus
"yep, have a few of the dehydrators on my Watchlist ;) Seems like there's a big demand though considering the amount of bidding. Most of them are going for at least $50."
Jan 4, 2010
tabitha commented on Isabell Strange's group Preserving Your Surplus
"Thanks for all the information ladies. Looks like I'll just have to add it to my wishlist...after a dehydrator! :)"
Jan 4, 2010
tabitha replied to Sharon Adams's discussion Surplus Veges - Suggestions Please :-) in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"Hi Sharon, cracks in glass jars usually happen when there is a sudden change in temperature from hot to cold, or vice versa. So in addition to Yvonne's suggestion, I'd also avoid putting room-temperature produce into hot jars or boiling…"
Jan 4, 2010
tabitha commented on Isabell Strange's group Preserving Your Surplus
"that's what i've been doing too, so good to hear that it's a perfectly fine method!! Thanks :)"
Jan 2, 2010
tabitha updated their profile
Jan 2, 2010
tabitha commented on Isabell Strange's group Preserving Your Surplus
"Lynn, I really don't have much experience in preserving so am keen to learn. How do you do yours and what do you use the large pot for? I had a quick look around on the internet and found a few places in NZ selling water bath canning pots for…"
Jan 2, 2010
tabitha joined Hester's group


A group to share knowlege and ideas about growing and using herbs.
Jan 2, 2010

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Mount Wellington
I can offer
Food from my garden
Food Growing Skill Level
I am interested in...
Buying Local Food, Selling Local Grown Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Swapping Food
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
I'm just into my second year of growing and have already learnt so much over the last year, which saw me growing tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants, broccolli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, lettuce, silverbeet, peas and various herbs. They were mainly grown in pots as I live in a rented unit with a tiny backyard. And I made my first relish and tomato sauce which I sent home to my family in Malaysia! This time round, I've moved from container planting to three small raised beds and in addition to the above am also now growing strawberries, french beans and cucumbers. And the best part is getting into companion planting with the use of herbs and bee-attracting/soil improving flowers (borage, nasturtium and marigold). The results so far (it's early summer now) has been promising and my garden is producing much more and much earlier!!! Still have plenty to learn though: i had NO idea how LARGE and prolific borage can get....but at least the bees are happy!!! ;)

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What if your produce had a passport?

Name Your Dream Assignment: Show us the world through your lense

The Name Your Dream Assignment is a contest for photographers of all backgrounds. They're "looking for the most creative, inspiring photo shoot idea out there. The photographer with the winning idea will win US$50,000 to bring his or her dream assignment to life."

There are plenty of awesome and inspiring ideas listed but this one by… Continue

Posted on March 19, 2009 at 12:44pm — 1 Comment

The Urban Organic Invasion

Grow N Show @ the Kelmarna Organic City Farm

14th February 2009

It's surprisingly simple how the scent of fresh produce, compost and worms (yes, worms!) can persuade one to forget all the stresses of the day and to sigh, smile...relax. Who would've thought that one would find, nestled among the trendy latte sippers and fashionable high-heelers of Auckland, a peaceful place where one could get unashamedly grubby with… Continue

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 10:00pm

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At 10:05pm on October 20, 2009, Christy Ralphs said…
Unitec Food Forest

Have finally organised guided tour at Unitec Food Forest. Will be on Sunday November 1st at 11.15am, for about 1 - 1 1/2 hours followed by BYO picnic lunch. Guided by the very knowledgeable Brendon Hoare. Will cost $10 per adult, maximum 20 people, will do on a first paid, first served basis. Children welcome. Email me on if you're keen.

:) Christy
At 8:37pm on March 11, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Beautiful. Perfect. Cool. Thanks for the blog.
At 6:37pm on February 26, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Well thank you Tabitha. And I was thinking that you may have been having a dig at my no photo thing in retaliation to my dig about your no profile photo thing. Which by the way....?
At 5:38pm on February 26, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Can you see no images on the blog post? It is a series of youtube vids. Have they not shown up on your screen? Thanks for letting me know Tabitha.
At 9:01pm on February 24, 2009, Pete Russell said…
A profile photo would be cool too.
At 7:26pm on February 24, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Create an album with all of them perhaps and then do a blog with a few good ones scattered through?? Up to you.
At 6:56pm on February 24, 2009, Gayleen Taylor said…
okay. On Saturday afternoon i will be at the Trust's Stadium on Central Park Drive helping to set up for Toddler Day Out.
At 6:39pm on February 24, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Hi Tabitha. I didn't realise you had already joined. I sent you a message on Facebook. So do you think you could post some of your photos from Kelmarna here on Ooooby?
At 8:37am on February 22, 2009, James Samuel said…
Hi Tabitha, welcome! You may find it helpful to check out the links in the "Start Here" box on the upper left of the Main page. And please do add a picture of yourself, which you will find a link to on your Settings page.

There's a lot happening in here and places for you to jump in and contributre and get involved in some local food sharing or other initiatives.



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