June 2009 Blog Posts (78)

Steve and the young laddie from woolworths

As i arrived home tired from Themes, i jumped on the bus and started chatting to a fairly cute girl from Woolworths. Before long i mentioned the permaculture course, and she was away proclaiming the wonders of a man called Steve! with a twinkle in her eye!!!

Should i give here your number bro? or is the whole long distance relationship thing, not really your cup of tea??

Added by Bernard John Glover on June 18, 2009 at 4:46pm — 1 Comment

Sometimes, veges don't cut it.

Sometimes, and most particularly the day after nights like last night, sitting up and talking - a lot - until 5.30 am, you just have to have a pie.

I just did.

A potato top. From the award winning Elite bakery. So they say.

And you know what, like pretty much all pies in New Zealand, it was ordinary at best. Bland.

It made me remember the Montville pie: the greatest pie of all time. And it has been far too long between meals.

If you ever… Continue

Added by Porangi Hoiho on June 18, 2009 at 1:37pm — No Comments


The weatherman says to cover your garden to keep the soil a bit dryer. This is high desert and we don't deal well with the idea of wet soil. Cool nights and wet afternoons are playing havoc with the garden, but I think it is going to survive.
Some of my beds are raised and seem to be doing better than the lower stuff.

Added by Margaret Beers Oliver on June 17, 2009 at 6:18pm — 1 Comment

still cool and rainy...

but the garden looks like it is trying to get the idea. I am thankful for the slow start as the home life has been a bit hectic with the new baby in the house. All are happily doing well.
I am going to try to post pictures this week of the new growth once the squirrels get the idea that I don't want them to eat it all before it gets going. Taking to turning the lilltle pack loose on them just to get them tree'd again.

Added by Margaret Beers Oliver on June 15, 2009 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Great Gardening Books

Go to Fishpond or Amazon or any of the online bookshops and you can get a barrow-load of books dumped into your browser just by putting "gardening" into the search field.

But are they any good?

I started the Gardening Books Group as a place to drop my own reviews and recommendations and for you to add yours.

Do drop in, the browsing is fine.

Added by Earl Mardle on June 15, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

A message to her royal subjects?

Royal Vegetable Garden Takes Root

Buckingham Palace Plants an Organic Vegetable Garden

By LAMA HASAN, LONDON, June 14, 2009

Her Majesty the Queen is the latest person to jump on the green bandwagon by growing her own organic vegetables. It's been decades since the palace has had a vegetable patch. During World War I, turnips grew among the… Continue

Added by James Samuel on June 15, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments


howdy folks, I will be replying to friend requests soon, but unfortunately having tech problems with my computer, so once fixed will be back in touch.

Added by juliette sims on June 13, 2009 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Birds of a feather....


SPIN stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensive

SPIN-Farming is a non-technical, easy-to-learn and inexpensive-to-implement vegetable farming system that makes it possible to earn significant income from land bases under an acre in size. Whether you are new to farming, or want to farm in a new way, SPIN can work for you because:

Its precise revenue targeting formulas and organic-based techniques make it possible to gross $50,000+ from a half-… Continue

Added by Peter Salmon on June 13, 2009 at 9:23am — No Comments

News at noon said snow...

I don't think I am going to have summer this year. If the temp drops much more, I am going to have to cover stuff again.

Added by Margaret Beers Oliver on June 12, 2009 at 6:27am — No Comments

What up in the garden

The vege patch has been left to do its own thing since planting out the winter greens. The most I have had time to do is pick the odd green caterpillar off the brocolli plants when out harvesting silverbeet. Thankfully the frosts last week seem to have finally dealt to the munchers and the leaves of all the brassicas have changed from light green to a dark winter green with the cold.

The plum tree has gone. We cut it up and bagged all the small twigs for future use in the fish smoker. I… Continue

Added by Paul on June 11, 2009 at 8:22pm — 1 Comment

NZ Yams-Oka

The yams that are grown in New Zealand originate from the South American Andes where they are an important vegetable crop known as oca. The sweet tubers are quite small, often about the size of your thumb, are pink-orange in colour and have a slightly shiny and ribbed surface. Other varieties which are sweeter, slightly smaller and coloured yellow, apricot and golden are available. New Zealand yams are very different from the tropical yams grown… Continue

Added by Hester on June 11, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Getting their gardens home delivered

By Michael Prager

Demita Frazier (left) of Green City Growers works with Stacey Barker on Barker's backyard garden.

United by commitments to the environment and reverence for the magic of soil, a trio of urban ag outfits are bringing farms directly to their customers, removing sod, building beds (raised, amended, or both), and… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 11, 2009 at 9:41am — No Comments

Obamas 'changing' food culture


Ted Allen was the food and wine expert on Bravo's "Queer Eye" and now hosts two programs on the Food Network — "Chopped" and "Food Detectives." POLITICO caught up with Allen during his recent swing through D.C. and picked his brain for a foodie's take on the Obamas.

"I think they're changing the food culture nationally and internationally by their… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 11, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

A Chicken in Every Yard

By Betsy Yagla Spotted by Robbie

The case for legalizing urban chickens

New Haven chickens could cross their legal roadblock soon.

There are at least 30 off-the-books flocks in backyards throughout New Haven, and East Rock alderman Roland Lemar has hatched an ordinance to regulate them. He's tentatively… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 11, 2009 at 7:51am — 1 Comment

How can we grow food locally?

By Incredible Edible Huddersfield

Incredible Edible in the Golcar area has started growing raspberry canes and herbs on waste land. Local people have reclaimed land that was once outside toilets space and have had successful bean crops for 2 years. Now planting in alternative planters, bookcase, discarded wire shopping basket, paint tin and wheel barrow gradually involving neighbours and… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 10, 2009 at 10:43pm — 1 Comment

AUS: Food imports hit record high

By FoodWeek Online

Food imports will reach a record $8.5 billion in the 2008-2009 financial year - an increase of $1 billion on the previous year.

The nation's food industry says that the level of imports will continue rising as consumers buy more home brand products. Fruit and vegetables top the list of import categories at $1.7… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 10, 2009 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Congratulations to us...

totally off topic perhaps. My neice had a baby girl named Angel this morning, and we are all stupid with sleep deprevation and the let down after all the excitement. Mother and baby are well. Yay!!! Her Daddy is a wore out but in love kinda guy right now.

Added by Margaret Beers Oliver on June 10, 2009 at 5:22pm — 1 Comment

CAPITAL CULTURE: World hangs on Obama's every bite


At the bustling Pi pizza restaurant in St. Louis, the staff has come up with a new mantra: "It's just pizza!"

Just pizza, and yet still, they marvel, customers are happy to wait well upward of two hours at peak time for a table. That is, ever since news came out that Barack Obama loved this pizza so much during… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 9, 2009 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Reality Bites - A Hard Hit to the Budget - My Quest for the Twenty-five Dollar Victory Garden

By Joe Lamp'l

It’s no secret, gardeners are optimists. But I have to tell you, if I’ve ever been challenged on that one personally, it’s right about now. Seriously, since the day I planted my seedlings and seeds into this garden (over two weeks ago), we’ve seen the sun only twice. The rest of the days have provided various levels of rain, dropping as much as three inches in less than an… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 9, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ryan Howard Visits the White House Garden

Added by Pete Russell on June 9, 2009 at 3:26am — 1 Comment

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