October 2013 Blog Posts (10)

Peach fungus

Taphrina deformans overwinters in the bark and attacks young leaves. Will also prevent fruit developing properly. Seems I should have sprayed with bordeaux mixture in July and August. Too late now for this year.…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on October 30, 2013 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Chooks making compost

Im now feeding the girls staright onto the compost so any waste gets incorporated along with their manure. They dig for insects in the pile.…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on October 30, 2013 at 12:10pm — 4 Comments

Lupins - take 3

Broadcasting didnt work and the last lot must have gone in too deep, so this time I scraped the mulch aside, scratched the soil and put in dry seed with a shallow covering. This should more closely resemble natural conditions for germination.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on October 30, 2013 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Dwarf pomegranate

Seems very happy - donated by a friend with too many plants.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on October 30, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Training grape vines

Read another grape book and just started number 4. As I suspected I should have pruned off the side shoots last season to concentrate the energy into the growing tip which will form the main arm of the vine. I plan to gro them along the top of the fence as it runs N-S otherwise they would lose the afternoon sun.…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on October 30, 2013 at 11:57am — No Comments

Compost leachate

Turned the grass pile, limed and wetted it, directing leached nutrients to a nearby banana.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on October 30, 2013 at 11:54am — No Comments

Kalis beans up and running

5 varieties of runners kindly sent up from the West Coast by Kali

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on October 30, 2013 at 11:52am — 1 Comment

Japanese mushi

Insects are not normally something we think of when travelling abroad but some of the insects in Japan are even weirder than the people.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on October 30, 2013 at 11:49am — No Comments

Building community like a forest

The first New Zealand Food Forest Hui, held in Auckland last week was a high energy and over-subscribed event (we had sold out and had people in a waiting list). Here are some of the highlights and outcomes. If you missed it, stay in touch, there’s sure to be another!…

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Added by James Samuel on October 5, 2013 at 8:44am — No Comments

If your garden is lacking buzz, there are things you can do to revive pollinators, writes Steve Wratten - Professor of Ecology at Lincoln University.

If your garden is lacking buzz, there are things you can do to revive pollinators, writes Steve Wratten.

Have you seen very many bees in your garden so far this spring? Well, I haven’t. Our rosemary has been in flower more or less all winter but there have never been more than a few forlorn honey bees on it. As for bumble bees, there have been some bumbling queens buzzing around in the occasional warm spring…

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Added by Ian Morton on October 2, 2013 at 7:43pm — 4 Comments

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