So it's now been 10 weeks since the raised beds went in things are going pretty well - I was told June was a growing month and I have not been disappointed - everything has taken a serious spurt and we have even had the first bounty (rocket, lettuce leaves, herbs, mange tout) which has tasted great.
So far there haven't been too many weeds and the slugs appear to be more interested in the compost heap than the veggies which is great news.
Added by Neil Lovelock on June 23, 2009 at 7:47am —
Enjoy a sauna-esque shower by putting a cover over your shower box and you won't have to use as much hot water during these chilly days. Reap in the pleasure of not having to wipe off mold from ceilings and walls again =)
any type of solid cover (I used bubble wrap from my local shop)
three to four nails (for the corners of your box)
one nail for the ceiling
needle and thread (I used invisible nylon to… Continue
Added by Crystalyne Willis on June 22, 2009 at 3:42pm —
Spent a lovely sunny afternoon pruning the grapes and raspberry. Not sure of the variety of raspberry but had it for three years and it doesn't run!! Good cropper. Planted some pakchoi. Saw some twitch/couch, put the fork in and hit a stone. Tried again - and again. No stone, - it was frost more than an inch thick. It's not thawing but freezing over again.
Hopefully it's killing the bugs!
Added by Robyn Wolfe on June 22, 2009 at 10:42am —
I read this great article and thought others might enjoy it too
Less Means More: Get Your $ Worth with Organic
LESS MEANS MORE IN CARLO LEIFERT’S RESEARCH ON EUROPE’S LOW-INPUT FARMERS
BY Wayne Roberts
The great divide between food and farming is about to become a blur as a result of pioneering scientific research in Europe that’s pushing the boundaries of health and agricultural policy.
Though no poem insists that “food is… Continue
Added by Katharine on June 22, 2009 at 4:18am —
So we moved here nearly two months ago and only now I'm getting stuck into my veggie patch! It's been a combination of bad weather, lack of time and sickness that's delayed me getting outside, but I was also a bit daunted by the amount of work involved. The backyard is divided into four large (1.5 x 3m) plots and completely enshrouded in weeds - the avid gardener who lived here previously I suspect had been sick for some time before moving to a rest home, so everything was pretty neglected. I… Continue
Added by octopusgrrl on June 21, 2009 at 9:23pm —
My kids are so excited (so am I), one of our chooks has laid her first two eggs!!!!!!!!
We have different breeds who lay different coloured eggs so we know who laid them.
Zebra is our girl who did the honours, a lovely bantam barred rock.
Not bad considering it is the middle of winter and we have been having wicked frosts.
My boys will be having a fried egg sandwich each tonight.
I have been chock proofing my vege gardens as the girls have been eating all my… Continue
Added by Michelle on June 21, 2009 at 5:46pm —
I've just transplanted some more baby seedlings into yogurt pottles. First I stole the yogurt pottles from the swede seedlings in the garden - they've transplanted well and haven't been devoured yet by the slugs and snails, so maybe we'll have some swede by spring.
Todays seedlings are either kohl rabi or kale (didn't label the trays)...I think they're more likely to be kohl rabi as there were more seedlings in this tray than the other, and I think i planted more kohl rabi seed than kale.… Continue
Added by Sarah Walsh on June 21, 2009 at 2:21pm —
A Brooklyn walkway is to be transformed into a community orchard with free fruit. The Brooklyn Transition Group
has support from Wellington City Council to plant fruit trees on public land next to a track between Harrison and Garfield streets.
Group spokesman Marc Slade said there would be enough room for up to 40 trees. "There will probably be apples, pears, apricots, feijoas and other things that… Continue
Added by James Samuel on June 21, 2009 at 5:30am —
Tonight I will be speak at The Woodturners Mid-winter dinner in Putaruru - all about my garden etc. I have printed out some of the flyers to give away. Maybe they will hit fertile 'soil.'
Added by Robyn Wolfe on June 20, 2009 at 4:00pm —
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 —
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 —
A couple of days ago my next door neighbour told me I'd better take a look at my roof. There were some insects flying around the apex of my roof, which he thought were wasps (he's terrified of them). It's much too early here for wasps but I had a look and thought they were bees.
I tried finding the number of a local beekeeper online but no success, so I went to the town hall on the one evening per week they open to enable people with dayjobs to be able to get there. It's the first… Continue
Added by Robbie Deighton on June 17, 2009 at 7:00pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
By Zachary Cohen
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it is a method whereby urban (and I suppose suburban) dwellers invest in a share of a local farm in exchange for the bounty of that farm during the harvest season. They have grown in popularity in recent years, and its not uncommon for certain CSA’s to sell out their available shares, and for farmers to not be able to meet the demand. This is… Continue
Added by Robbie Deighton on June 14, 2009 at 3:34am —
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 —
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 —
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 —