October 2012 Blog Posts (30)

Dried up wadi

Junko, always the optimist, predicted that my tranqil oasis of a pond would become a mosquito infested mud-hole.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on October 12, 2012 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Be part of the wooden seed tray come-back!

Our friends and family at creative woodcraft love these wooden seed trays and we hope you do too!

Rather than just making these wooden seed trays for our own use we have decided to add them to our range of creative woodcraft garden products for all to enjoy!

We believe that our hand-crafted wooden seed trays are what you…

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Added by Ian Morton on October 11, 2012 at 10:48pm — No Comments

I've just uploaded photos from last years Spring garden in the hopes of inspiring myself this year.

After a dismal Summer of rain and then breaking my ankle in July my garden is looking rather the worse for wear. I'm still not back to full strength on that ankle but little and often might get the job done <3

Added by Ruth Sumner on October 10, 2012 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Mustard flavoured eggs

Chooks tuck in to mustard leaf and seed, sown in autumn as green manure to produce nutrient rich mulch and aerate the soil. They also provide a windbreak, shade for germinating wildflowers, bee and bird forage and support for some of the snowpeas. They should self sow from now on. Many have fallen over and Im wondering if this is a flaw in the variety - maybe bred for…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on October 9, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Native Bees for Farmers, Lifestyle Block Owners, Fruit Growers and Gardeners!

Native Bees for Farmers, Lifestyle Block Owners, Fruit Growers and Gardeners!

Are you a farmer, lifestyle block owner, fruit grower or gardener thinking about native bees? Even if you aren't, pretend for a moment and read what you can do to make your land more pollinator-friendly. 



Leafcutter Bees and New Zealand Native solitary Bees are great pollinators.

Native bees can help…

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Added by Ian Morton on October 8, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Spring sowing

Broadcast lettuce, carrot, beans, celery, borage, coriander, Thai basil, basil, parsnip, beetroot, spinach, parsley and sweetcorn on two veg beds, a 'beneficial to insects' wild flower mix around the fruit trees along with sunflowers, and runner beans, rockmelon and honeydew melon under the frame, although the melons were saved seed and may have been sterile F1 varieties. Sowed some lettuce and eggplant into trays and will add some zucchini and cucumber next. I keep a spreadsheet of…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on October 5, 2012 at 4:49pm — 1 Comment

Have You Lost the PLOT?

I was out in the garden this morning, something I do way too little of, and it struck me how my mind was able to relax into curiosities and observations of the nature occurring at my fingertips.  From noticing the intricate web of weed roots to the bold beauty of a springtime flower in full bloom.  My inner commentary turned its attention to the granularity of…

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Added by Pete Russell on October 5, 2012 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Malay spotted dove

http://nzbirds.com/birds/malayspotteddove.html A frequent visitor feeding on mustard seeds, perfectly camouflaged for the forest floor.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on October 5, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

passive solar greenhouse design

I am designing a passive solar greenhouse to attach to the north end of the house: for growing and also some heat for that end of the house.
Anybody with any experince of this I would really appreciate some ideas and feedback. Thanks.

Added by Kate on October 1, 2012 at 7:26pm — No Comments

The Almost Ooooby TEDx Talk

Having been invited to present at the TEDx Conference this Saturday the 6th of October, I put together a 5 minute talk about 'How Local is the Future of Food.'

Unfortunately my trip overseas to see family overlapped the preparation time for the speakers. Alas, I wasn't able to…

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Added by Pete Russell on October 1, 2012 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

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