September 2012 Blog Posts (16)

Eggstraneous

My second lay girls have now produced 229 eggs.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 25, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Grape cuttings

Planted 2 grape cuttings under each citrus tree. No idea what they are. Direct planting is not the usual procedure but if it works it will avoid disturbing the roots of the citrus by transplanting developed cuttings. Interestingly some blogs recommend burying one bud of the three, others 2. Learned that leaf development does not mean root development.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 23, 2012 at 10:50am — No Comments

Wine not?

Because of the duty, wine may be the most expensive food product we consume, so Im thinking of producing my own. As grapes are vines I think it may be possible to grow one up each fruit tree, especially given that grapes root deep while citrus are surface feeders so they wont compete for moisture and nutrients. The…

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

Grapes transplanted

4 table grapes moved to fence to better utilise the ve rtical space. Ive taken out the palings to let vines get the afternoon sun. Lupins transplanted with the vines. I raised the ground level and added grass clippings, coffee grounds, chook manure and seaweed…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 19, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Drain pipe

Have run a permanent drain down the gully so the roof runoff will all go direct to the soak hole/pond. Now I can plant vines all along the fence and also gradually increase the surface area of pond. It soaked away last time so if I want it to stay full I will have to compact or smear it. Ive read that fermenting…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 15, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Calling all Gardeners! Help Pollination and Increase our Native Bee Population

Lets increase pollination and increase our native bee population in our own back yards, bumble bee nesting boxes and solitary bee houses can help increase pollination. Passionate about the future of bees in New Zealand, Ian Morton from Creative Woodcraft has teamed up with a pollination expert to help Kiwi gardeners encourage native bees to pollinate their backyards.…

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Added by Ian Morton on September 14, 2012 at 8:09pm — 1 Comment

Houston, we have a problem

Anyone with an interest in pollination has been holding their breath for a decade now as CCD has ravaged hives in other parts of the world, especially the US. So it was not a surprise to wake this morning to this headline from the NZHerald

Wipeout threat for NZ bees

An Auckland beekeeper who has set up 300 hives around the region says his insects have started…

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Added by Earl Mardle on September 10, 2012 at 7:44am — No Comments

Chook fodder

Choko planted to grow over chicken run providing food for us and them and shade from the sun. Tagasaste transplanted for shade and chop-and-drop fodder. Have order 6 more seedlings.…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 8, 2012 at 4:06pm — 1 Comment

Taro swamp/pond?

Further excavation of the wet corner with spoil thrown up to form a berm on contour below the avocado. Open drainage has the advantage of evaporation which humidifies the micro-climate. Taro will stabilise the lower dike.…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 8, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Kumera Tupu

Turns out we can't shift house, get 10 acres organised and keep last year's seedlings alive for this year. There have been several casualties of distraction but the Kumera are the most important.

Anyone know where I can get about 30 seedlings within reasonable distance of Pukekohe?

Added by Earl Mardle on September 7, 2012 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Tea time

Nutrient resources made into teas - seaweed, fishheads, compost and urine. Now stored behind the house close to rainwater tanks.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 4, 2012 at 10:48am — No Comments

Excess water

Neighbours put in a new solid concrete driveway which now sheds excess water to our section. I will check if they got a permit first and if not will ask them to plant up with bamboo or trees to evapo-transpire the ground water below their driveway. If they put in a drain it will still end up seeping into our section.…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 4, 2012 at 10:23am — No Comments

Brioche

First attempt at brioche to use up some surplus eggs

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 4, 2012 at 10:14am — No Comments

Chooks break even in 6 weeks

Bought my 6 chooks for $24 (plus $6 travel). Sold 3 for net $40 so have ended up with 3 free chooks and $10 profit. Eggs have now totalled 155. Free range organic sell for $5.69 half dozen and mine taste better and are fresher so must be worth $1 each so my investment of $162 has now broken even and I still have enough chooks and the coop. The secret is to keep the costs down by sourcing cheap or free inputs.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 3, 2012 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Peach blossom

Bought 4 peach saplings and on-sold 3 so my one cost me $10 vs $29 from the nursery or $39 from Kings

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 3, 2012 at 10:09pm — No Comments

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