I have been a member of this site for a wee while now and find it a very helpful place to be challenged and reminded of what REALLY is important when I get too busy to remember for myself... which is often these days... hope it is of interest to some of you too... Renee
Added by Renee on March 13, 2009 at 10:30am —
Seedy Saturday, a Seedling's Eye View
Blame it on the recession, eco-consciousness or just impatience for spring’s arrival, something has got people thinking about growing their own food. The crowd at Seedy Saturday 2009 was as invasive and warm as a field of dandelions on that frigid February day. They came to learn about gardening, stock up on seeds and other products, and support causes aimed at saving the bees, the seeds, the chickens, and ultimately the planet.…
Added by James Samuel on March 12, 2009 at 7:30pm —
I'd like to see more hitch-hiking.
Often people are put off picking others up because we might be drunk or smelly
Well here's a suggestion.
Wrap a leaf around your hitching thumb.
This means - "i'm hitching because i want to minimise fuel use. Not because i'm a drunk/a loser. "
And cars that pick up green thumb hikers are saying "i want to make the most efficient use of this journey i'm making"
Have fun. Spread the word.
Added by rosie walford on March 12, 2009 at 2:16pm —
Added by Mark Fowler on March 9, 2009 at 9:00pm —
A note I received today, from Hawaii . . . which has the same relevance to us here in New Zealand. . .
What I personally feel is the most important thing to realize, for all of us including the indigenous cultures, is that we all kind of agreed to obey and play by the (board game) rules.
We took our seat sitting around the same table, read the manual with the instructions and (board game) rules, and started… Continue
Added by James Samuel on March 9, 2009 at 7:31pm —
Calum McKinney • Staff Writer • March 5, 2009
As the economy slows, Salisbury garden centers are seeing the popularity of vegetable gardening growing.
Cale Ashcraft of Johnson's Seed & Feed Co. has already noticed more customers in search of practical plants to help cut down on the food bill.
"We started seeing it last year, but… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on March 6, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Now anyone that knows me knows I have two left hands in the kitchen which is why when I said I am going to preserve vegge and fruit, a few remarks were made.
Well so far so good (with the help of lots and lots of books, reading and online help!) I have so far preserved cucumbers, peppers, zucchini's, beetroot, beans, tomatoe relishes, and pears. Yes I tried the fruit bottling and found it easier than what I thought it will be.
Very proud of my accomplishments at the… Continue
Added by Jeffie on March 6, 2009 at 12:15pm —
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
Added by tabitha on March 5, 2009 at 10:00pm —
by Erika Howsare
, March 4th 02:19pm
What's great about the locavore movement is that, aside from the question of governmental support and encouragement, it's really a bottom-up deal. It's decentralized, it's adaptable; it can mean anything from the obvious venues (City Market) to a pot of mint on the windowsill of a nursing home.
So, while the bigger and more visible… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on March 5, 2009 at 8:57am —
Candles burned brightly and Devonshire Tea was the order of the day as ‘Oooobys 11’ gathered around the table at the Ooooby Store, 8 Putiki Road, Ostend, Waiheke Island.
The core group of Ooooby supporters celebrated the many successes achieved in its first 11 weeks of life.
- 505 members (more than 100 from Waiheke alone)
- 88,325 page views on Ooooby.org
- 21 local online bartering groups from NZ, Aus and the… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on March 5, 2009 at 8:40am —
garden update on my journal
and pioneer woman
has posted some nice instructions
on building a raised garden bed
Added by Christy Ralphs on March 4, 2009 at 10:00pm —
i planted out the rest of my basil. it's amazing to see the difference in the basil i planted out the other day, it was the same as the stuff i planted out today, i just wanted to check that it went okay before i put the rest out. the stuff in the garden is so much greener than the stuff that was in the pots. and has grown a lot bigger than the potted stuff too. so awesome to see the garden actually starting to take shape.
my seedlings are coming along beautifully. 20 broccoli. 18… Continue
Added by living_creature on March 3, 2009 at 7:00pm —
We drove over to the east coast on the north shore, as its just as easy to get there as it is to the west coast beaches, we stopped off at murrays bay and the whole beach was covered in sea weed, next time i will take my trailer and load it high, while we were there an elderly couple were there getting a trailer load for there garden, we had bought a roll of bin bags with us in case we saw some, but we ended up taking four bags home with us, i pilled it up on top of the compost heap, and within… Continue
Added by Daniel Andrews on March 2, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Sharing groups are for posting your wants and offers for others in your area to be aware of.
By joining a sharing group please agree to follow the listing protocol below.
Offered: Description of what you are offering.
Location: Suburb, Post code.
Wanted: Description of what you are wanting.
Location: Suburb, Post code.
Added by Pete Russell on March 1, 2009 at 10:00pm —
You may have spotted the new icons on the bottom of the page...
The one on the left with a diagonal arrow, will pop up a new window and show a list of who is currently online. You can type directly into the box at the bottom of this window and hit Enter to insert your chat text for others online to view. You can set the volume on or off, if you want a sound alert when someone replies. And you can click on the name of anyone in the… Continue
Added by James Samuel on March 1, 2009 at 8:00pm —
I had a panel of plaster board come off the garage, we had stuck it over a hole and we had it stuck down with no nails, the wind must have got in underneath and popped it off and now my broccoli plants are a bit flat looking, i have firmed them around the base of the plants, but have resorted to sticking five canes in to keep them upright, anyone who is contemplating doing a similar job should know that nails are an easier option, and are stronger than glue we did have to seal the top with… Continue
Added by Daniel Andrews on March 1, 2009 at 7:30pm —
Anyone interested in learning more about our natural foliar feed KINATONIC produced here at Waimarama Beach please see our blog page www.kinatonic.blogspot.com
Limited supplies are available at this point as we scale up production , however the results are outstanding and we would be happy to supply some product to members of this site upon application , for the purpose of further trials.
Cheers Chris Morrison (C.Urchin)
Added by C.Urchin on March 1, 2009 at 6:24pm —