I have a large permaculture garden and use old hay as a mulch. The only down side i find is that if it is particularly seedy you get a lot of weeds pop up.
Spreading our out on a tarpaulin on a few sunny days to let the birds pick over…"
"Hiya all, technically not from Raglan about 30mins away in Ngahinapouri... Raglan is my soul-scape and out there every week so would be great to see whats going on in Ooooby-world there. Ive moved from Auckland and have been involved in…"
"Good detective work Sue! Ive seen it growing at Cape Tribulation in QL but nowhere further south.
Ben, I grow the piper species you are referring to. It's one of the species commonly called betel leaf. The leaves are used as food wraps in parts…"
"Peppercorn is an equatorial crop needing a hot climate. In Sarawak, It is grown to climb up a post up to about 3 metres high. Each post supporting 3 plants can produce up to 5 kg fruit a year. Green and ripe peppercorn is eaten raw in salads in…"
"I checked out about the peppercorn growing in Noosa and even on the Sunshine coast it is too cold. There are some grown in Australia in the far north ut unless you had a hothouse you wouldn't be able to grow them here. Mind you, my friend…"
"The "time bank" concept, that has been working really well in Lyttleton, gives equal value to an hour of effort, which I really like. This is excellent for services, especially services that have no material component, but not quite as…"
"How do you define value then and who gets to control the currency, if any?
These questions have been explored for a very long time.
It is good that are seeping out into public discussion.
The solutions have also been around for a long time too.
"I live in a village too. Mt Eden where a group called mt eden village people are making a community garden and using coffee grounds as compost, seeing we have so many cafes. With a higher density of people, many with surprisingly good gardens there…"
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We have 2 gardens - one is a lifestyle block in the Waikato with 50+ maturing species of fruit and nut trees, and the other is a tiny beach house garden with mature figs, guava's, loquats, pawpaws, grapes and Feijoa's on the coast in Stanmore Bay. My partner and I also own a business which grows yacon on (contracted) organic farms to export as a syrup ( functional food helps promote a good digestive balance)- and sell syrup and raw tubers in NZ too! Having grown up in farming communities where semi self sufficiency is a way of life most of my skills are inherent and I am loving learning more.
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Wendy I have read that you take out the leaves that crowd the grapes to let the sun on them.Also if you have a lot of grapes i would be inclined to only keep the best.I will be doing mine in the next few days.
yes Wendy, its a stoat, from volunteering with DoC. I had caught ones before in the traps, but this one I not only caught, but set the trap for it too, therefore recorded in memory as the very first native-bird-muncher 100% caught by me. What a proud moment (actually a few weeks after the moment, which is why its frozen).