March 2009 Blog Posts (57)

Living Genorously... (

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 — 1 Comment

Blame it on the recession - Seedy Saturday

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 — No Comments

green finger hitch-hiking.

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 — No Comments

The Hazards of Raised Bed Gardening

Added by Mark Fowler on March 9, 2009 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Free Man on the Land

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 — 1 Comment

When the going gets Tough, the Tough get Growing

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 — 2 Comments

First time preserver

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 — 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

Added by tabitha on March 5, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Cutting Edge of Local Food

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 — No Comments

Celebrations and New Visions for Ooooby

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

- 21 local online bartering groups from NZ, Aus and the… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 5, 2009 at 8:40am — 1 Comment

Garden Update & Building a Raised Bed

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 — No Comments


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 — No Comments

East coast beaches awesome for sea weed!

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 — No Comments

New Sharing Groups Agreement

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.

For offers:

Offered: Description of what you are offering.

Location: Suburb, Post code.

For wanted:

Wanted: Description of what you are wanting.

Location: Suburb, Post code.

Please… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on March 1, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

New chat feature on the site

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 — 2 Comments

storm damaged Squashed broccoli

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 — No Comments


Anyone interested in learning more about our natural foliar feed KINATONIC produced here at Waimarama Beach please see our blog page

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 — No Comments

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