June 2012 Blog Posts (53)

Veg cooking stock free

This mornings haul from the veg shop skip included onions, potatoes, pears, a perfect apple and a pice of ginger, which happened to be on my shopping list :-) The pears I scattered in the forest to join the apples, feijoas, kiwifruit and guava for self seeding. I will make French onion soup tonight. Also the staff at the Indian restaurant told me the secret to their thick curry sauces is to boil down a load of onions for 3 hours so.…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 23, 2012 at 11:22am — No Comments

Berry nice

Transplanted Tayberry, raspberry, gooseberry and strawberry to the semi-hugel for better drainage and easier bird netting with the blackberries. Water table under the gooseberry was only a foot down.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 22, 2012 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Sheet composting veg bed mandala

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 21, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments

Veg shop waste

Composting veg beds 2 and 3.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 19, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments

Tomato microclimate V2

Junko asked what will happen to this tomato when it gets bigger than the rock. Heres a possible solution. It may also be a cold tolerant (hardy) strain which we could breed and supply to the world. Think positive.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 19, 2012 at 10:24am — No Comments

Changes to importing tomato seed

 A new draft standard for importing tomato seed is out.  This will make if almost impossible for the home gardener to import tomato seed as the seeds will need to have a phytosanitary certificate.

See   http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/biosec/consult/draft-ihs-tomato-seed-for-sowing   The closing date for submissions is 20 July

Added by Kathrina Muller on June 18, 2012 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Vines on trees?

All leaves now fallen from Big Fig showing how passionfruit has taken over the tree in just 4 months. Im not convinced this is a good idea and will probably transplant it to the fence mid winter where it can expand to full size and leave the fig in peace. May be better to just keep it pruned and plant a new one against the…

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 2:02pm — 1 Comment

Veg plan

Mandala of 8 round veg beds.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:57pm — No Comments

From the sea

A ton of seaweed washed up in the recent storms. This time I took my secateurs and selected only the kelp heads as these break down easily in the tea and have a high nutrient content.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Compost detail

Compost layered with rotted mulch and dregs of seaweed tea to aid composting.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Horse sh*t

First load of horse manure. Looks a bit green so I will make some into tea and compost the rest. Manure which has not had time to decompose actually robs nitrogen from your plants. If you can find it, take the old black stuff.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Change of plan

Decided to transplant the Banana Passionfruit to the new wall frame - its much warmer and sunnier and will get extra water from the south westerlies blowing rain against the two storey wall. I also realised that I will be chopping leaves off the Tagasate for mulch so it…
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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Vertical gardening

The climbing frame in position. Used a lump of basalt as a sledge hammer. It needs either some mesh fence or additional wires to support the plant and it may need anchoring to the wall. I can grow beans up it in spring until the vine takes over. Wall faces WNW and gets sun from 9 to 3 midwinter and 11.30 to 7.30 midsummer. Wall will also reflect light onto…
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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Compost making

Added 2 bins veg greens, 1 bin horse manure in sawdust, half bucket of urine and a sprinkling of compost starter. A bit like making a cake.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Banana passionfruit

Creating a micro-climate for the Banana Passionfruit with dark basalt rocks as a windbreak and source of radiated heat after sunset. Added a lupin and a mustard plant.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:43pm — No Comments

More coffee

Found another source of coffee grounds at a nearby caravan coffee shop and met another dumpster diva collecting for her chickens, guinea pigs and rabbits.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Taro flowers?

This Taro looks like its flowering - Ive never seen that before.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Weird bug

Yesterday I found a black bug with orange eyes standing on the balcony. I squatted down to take a closer look and it swiveled its head around and stared back at me. For a few minutes we were locked in mutual curiosity, then it flew off.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Coffee waste.

Coffee grounds on a new veg bed.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Lupin with blackberry

The biggest lupin is on the hugel. A coincidence?

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on June 18, 2012 at 1:35pm — No Comments

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