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Toni Hickman joined Isabell Strange's group
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Pruning

How and when to prune fruit and nut trees, canes, bushes, vines and herbs
Apr 30, 2013
Toni Hickman joined kay taylor's group
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Home Made Pizza Ovens

Interested in home made pizza ovens? Here is where you can talk about them.See More
Apr 30, 2013
Toni Hickman joined Isabell Strange's group
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Edible New Zealand Natives

To share knowledge of which New Zealand native plants are edible or medicinal, how to use them and how to cultivate them.
Apr 30, 2013
Toni Hickman joined Marilyn beaucariche's group
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Foragers and Gatherers

I love foraging and gathering, whether it be mushrooms plums apples rosehips blackberries wild figs, Even sneakily shaking a forgotten Olive. Anyone want to share info!
Apr 30, 2013
Toni Hickman joined Ricky P's group
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Kai - food for new zealand

A database of edible plants that grow in Aotearoa/nz.Please share thoughts and ideas.See More
Apr 30, 2013
Toni Hickman joined Laura's group
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Bay of Islands NZ

Tell us all what you want or what you have to offer. eg. Lemons, seedlings etc. To respond to someones listing contact them directly via their page.
Apr 30, 2013
Toni Hickman and Gajanand agarwal are now friends
Apr 30, 2013
Toni Hickman joined Laine's group
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Becoming More Self Reliant - 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
Apr 30, 2013
Toni Hickman joined Sylvia Bernstein's group
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Aquaponic Gardening

Aquaponics is the marriage of organic hydroponics and aquaculture. Fish waste becomes organic plant food; the plants filter the water for the fish. Interested in learning more?See More
Apr 30, 2013
Toni Hickman is now a member of Ooooby
Apr 22, 2013

Profile Information

Suburb
Kerikeri
I am a...
Gardener
I can offer
Food from my garden, Tools & Equipment to hire/borrow, Preserving, Bulk food storage
Food Growing Skill Level
Confident
Experience and Qualifications
Lots of years in the garden
I am interested in...
Selling Local Grown Food, Bartering Local Food, Learning, Preserving, Seed Savers
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
We have a large organic garden using recycled materials, and mostly saved seeds. Nothing unusal in the vege garden...tomatoes, 5 or 6 types, lettuces 3 or 4 types usual, nz spinach, silverbeet, carrots, beetroot, leeks, onions red white and spring, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, broad beans, climbing beans, peas, corn, potatoes 2 or 3 types, kumara, and in a few years hopefully the aspargus seed will finally be asparagus! we also grow stevia...the sugar plant. and this year have just started a herb medicine garden. Everything is grown as cost effectively as possible and is shared out to our families. What is not eaten or shared is preserved -either jarred ,stewed, into jams, pickles or bottled or frozen. Those in turn are stored or sent out as far as Auckland and Tauranga. Its sent wherever it is needed. Any of the off cuts from preserving is divided between our piglets, chickens and compost heap to start the whole cycle again. We also have a spray free orchard with over 500 trees of all different types. Madarins,lemons,ugly fruit,red and yellow tree tomatoes, guavas, feijoa, apples, pears cherry, black berry, mulberry, figs, kiwifruit, persimmons,chestnuts, bananas, grapes, and advocado. Some are 1 year old and some are up to 35 years old and we are in the process of trying a radical rejuvenation plan. It is based on an old newspaper article we found dated 1953 explaining that cutting back the tree to the stump and then tilling and fertilising should start new growth. Since the trees are worse for wear we are prepared to try this method before pulling them out and replacing them. As new trees are replaced we try to replace them with heritage strains as we believe these are much stronger and naturally nutritionally better. Well that should be enough for now. Hope that was interesting reading!!

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