"Hi Minx - do have a look at the welcome page if you havent already. The site is new and will grow and evolve quickly in response to our vision and your needs.
It's great to see you sharing your knowledge here - thank you on behalf of all of…"
"things that are good to plant now include
almost all the brassicas, such as cauli, cabbage, brocolli, kale, chinese cabbage, calvano nero, radish etc
leeks, silverbeet, summer spinach, summer lettuce, fennel, celery, beetroot, mesculn, endives and…"
"the basis for all gardening is good soil. i recommend you read up on how to make you soil more healthy. then look at what selection of veges do well in your neck of the woods at what time of the year, and use that as a guide as to what to…"
"why are you worrying yet.... you have at least 6weeks before you need to start worrying! we have out door toms ripening until the end of may generally!
just let nature do it's thing!
to the best of my knowledge fertiliser/nutrient helps with…"
"if the bug is softbodied, then using an irrantant like chilli, and a soap to dry out the skin applied as a spray making sure you get the undersides of the leaves too, will kill the buggers, you will need to respray every 3-4 days to break the…"
"pea straw is recommended as it has a very high easily/quickly composted biomass and is generally high in nitrogen, compared with other straw, as it is from a legume. it is a wholeplant straw, rather than a stalks only type. lucern hay is similarly…"
"basil loses most of it's flavour very quickly when dried, so other methods best suit it. storing in oil or vinegar are favourites, resulting in a flavoured liquid and for a couple of months a usable herb. the herb begins to break down after a…"
"i find a few cloves (in muslin bag) added to the plums (if using a deep red plum) add a great spicyness, as does a good slug of brandy or port stirred in just before bottling.
as a kid we used to make jam with little yellow cherry plums which were…"
"currently on my stove is a big pot full of tomatoes, fennel, peppers, onions, corgettes, eggplant, herbs, garlic, salt and pickling spices (in muslin bag) all roughly chopped, boiled for an hour or so, i then taste for seasoning, and importantly…"
this has been a fav recipe in my family for many many yrs! i have made it with kumera, potato, pumpkin etc. especially nice with a few fresh herbs chopped in. (thyme, margaram, chervil, chives, parsley, basil etc.)
to slow down the rate of…"
Hi Minx - do have a look at the welcome page if you havent already. The site is new and will grow and evolve quickly in response to our vision and your needs.
It's great to see you sharing your knowledge here - thank you on behalf of all of us. I am delighted to see you are amongst other things a Micologist. I have my own experience of being inspired by Paul Stamets.
It would be great to see a pic of yourself up here - it really helps. So if you need help getting your photo up here, please sing out. To get you started on that, you can go to "My Page" and on the left hand side you'll see "Change My Photo"
And if you do a search for Christchurch in the Members page from time to time, you might be surprised to find other people you can start exchanging things with. And if you don't, then it's a good reason to go out and find some people to invite :-)