So many books and so many different ideas. I try to read the books for information that is sensible. I love organic books, permaculture books etc, but the truth is I haven't got the time or energy to worry about the cycles of the moon or burying things into the ground I just want to grow fruit and vegetables. Whether or not there is a scientific base to half of what I have read over the years I don't know... There is a vast array of ideas and concepts in books, some more scientific that… Continue
Added by Katherine on September 30, 2011 at 8:30am —
Urban Pantry, in collaboration with Tangleball, is launching an ‘Urban Garden DIY’ workshop series, to be held in Tangleball's community workshop space.
The workshops will be shaped by the interests of the people who come to them, so whether there's a particular project idea you're really keen to bring to life, or you want to be inspired by other people's innovative… Continue
Added by Emily Harris on July 21, 2011 at 11:39am —
Joe Simmonds doesn’t actually live in Rainbow Court, but his mum Angie does. And he’s left his mark on the community in the shape of a series of garden beds. Rainbow Court is Raumati South’s entry in… Continue
Added by Charlotte Squire on May 31, 2011 at 7:43pm —
On October 22nd I sowed a selection of bean seeds, including Koanga Rainbow Mix, Purple King, Wonder of Venice, Borlotti, Canneloni, Edame, Shiny Fardenlosa and Golden Wax.
Some of my seed stash came from Ooooby swaps-thanks to everyone who shares.
I'm a part time gardener at the moment, due to having to spend the day elsewhere at work, so, I sowed the beans on my dining table, on newspaper, at night. I put 2 bean seeds per cell in a punnet (so there's a spare if one doesn't…
Added by Hester on November 16, 2010 at 10:30pm —
As you may know, I've been working hard since February on my vision of building strong, sustainable urban communities through rooftop vege gardening. I've created my first demonstration garden and am currently working on proposals for several larger scale communal rooftop vege gardens. I've… Continue
Added by Emily Harris on September 24, 2010 at 3:25pm —
It would be hard to guess at the meaning of the phrase ‘nurse logs’ and get it right without having come across the term before. The words don’t seem at first to have any connection but when you look at the word ‘nurse’ as ‘nursery’ you’ll begin to get the picture of something that is often seen on the floor of any forest - a fallen, decaying log sprouting fungi, seedlings and a host of other new life.… Continue
Added by SCES on July 7, 2010 at 6:30am —
I've had my entry accepted in the Happyzine Dream to Reality environmental goal competition. The competition called for entrants to submit a proposal based on an environmental goal they'd like to achieve in their community this year. The winner will get mentoring, support and publicity to achieve their goal.
My proposal is establishing rooftop food gardens on apartment buildings in Auckland's CBD.… Continue
Added by Emily Harris on February 23, 2010 at 1:30pm —
First, you have to be educated that weeds do bud from cultivated places. Therefore, if you locate your garden to such areas, the possibility of your garden battling with weeds to win the nutrients is very big. It can be prevented though and this is what you are about to learn.
Organic weed killers
are just in your home; you just don’t notice them. One of which is the use of mulch. You have to… Continue
Added by Camille Lozano on January 18, 2010 at 8:10am —
This is my choice for the 6 best and most useful herbs for growing in the kitchen. Obviously there are hundreds more variations but these are my selection.If yours are different then let me know and I can maybe write a posting on your favourites and why.
Growing herbs in the kitchen is rewarding. Aside from its accessibility when needed, there is nothing compared to using fresh herbs to enhance your favorite food. Growing herbs in the kitchen is not rocket science.… Continue
Added by francis faulkner on September 28, 2009 at 9:53pm —
This is just a little helpful posting with tips to grow herbs for those beginners out there who don't know where to start.
I hope that some of you find them useful.
We all know that herbs are essential to our diet. They do not only make food tastier they are also used as medicine. If you decided that you want to grow your own herbs you have made the right choice. Planting herbs and growing them can even save you lots of money. They save you money on your food bill, and they also… Continue
Added by francis faulkner on September 26, 2009 at 6:34am —
Yesterday I returned to Napier after a 10 day campervan holiday in Northland.
I went with a list of gardens and plant nurseries to visit but only managed to get to a few this time. I'll have to go back!
One of the highlights was visiting Koanga… Continue
Added by Hester on July 15, 2009 at 6:00pm —
For years I have been growing things indoors and out. My biggest headache has been finding containers that last and look good for my indoor garden and patio. Many fall apart or 'rot' after just one season. If finally found some excellent Fiberglass planters
from an online place called Newpro
. The planters I bought three years ago still look great. This year I added a new container to… Continue
Added by Lincoln Builds on July 12, 2009 at 4:58am —
This is the sort of responses we can expect to see from smart global food brands. It seems to me that Campbells understand that wholesome homegrown values are reemerging and that the future of their company depends on working with these values.
What are your thoughts on corporate sponsorship of backyard food… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on May 25, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Raised gardens have many benefits regardless of whether or not they are created following organic practices. We will cover the benefits of organic growing in a separate post however.
Raised gardens are not a new idea, the have been used in various guises around the world for centuries. Raised gardens are undergoing a resurgence in interest though and for good reasons.
More Kiwi’s than ever before are living in urban areas. Those urban areas are becoming more and more built… Continue
Added by Alyn on February 15, 2009 at 8:30am —
anyone interested in their inner gardening and how that translates into being a better resourced and healthier individual for the community and the planet can come and join us at waiheke's delightful piritahi marae on the 27 feb - 1 mar for the yoga ecology retreat. check out http://yogaecology.wordpress.com/about/
Added by andrei jewell on February 13, 2009 at 12:30am —