Added by Bec Lees on March 22, 2013 at 11:17pm —
Ever wondered where to go for a nutrient-dense meal without compromise on ingredients in Auckland?
That wondering will be over from early June 2013. A new Breakfast Deli/Lunch-/Tapas- and Oyster Bar will open at the Wynyard Quarters on Halsey Street. We will have an organic juice bar,… Continue
Added by Rene Archner on March 20, 2013 at 10:39pm —
Journey to the Goodlife: I've noticed some major positive changes to our families health lately, here are a few I just have to share...
Added by Bec Lees on March 14, 2013 at 10:05pm —
7/12/10 This week I am waiting, with great anticipation, for the first tomato to ripen.
This is an 'Early Girl' variety tomato plant that I bought to plant… Continue
Added by Hester on December 7, 2010 at 9:03pm —
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 —
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 —
The garlic, planted on June 6, 2009 was ready for harvesting at the beginning of January,2010. This photo shows the garlic bed on Jan 6, seven months after planting.
About two weeks before the harvest I stop watering, and leave the bed to become dry. I… Continue
Added by Hester on January 9, 2010 at 11:00pm —
I've been out in the glasshouse this evening, watering the plants with their weekly serving of comfrey, seaweed and blood and bone.
I have each of these brewing in its own barrel and I top them up with water as I use the liquid.
Tonight I really enjoyed… Continue
Added by Hester on December 14, 2009 at 11:00pm —
home-made crispy base with artichoke hearts, courgettes asparagus, fresh basil, oregano and pizza thyme from our garden.
We eat so well and the best part is always the gourmet food picked fresh from our garden.
Added by Hester on November 15, 2009 at 11:30pm —
Here is the garlic patch on 14/10/09
Spring is serious garlic growing time.This is when the plants size up before bulbing up in the summer. Caring for the garlic now will help produce a good crop. I need to make sure the garlic patch gets watered regularly. It… Continue
Added by Hester on October 16, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Borage is one of my favourite herbs. I always have it growing in my garden. Once Borage is planted in the garden it will self sow forever, but it isn't a thug-it's easy to pull out any unwanted seedlings and they'll break down quickly in the… Continue
Added by Hester on September 19, 2009 at 6:00am —
Tonight I enjoyed the longer daylight hours of spring and being able to wander down the garden to pick the vegetables for dinner. I chose Brussels Sprouts, which are really a borderline plant in our climate-it's not really cold enough for long enough.
Added by Hester on August 31, 2009 at 8:29pm —
I've been learning how to make Bokashi compost.
I have had a compost bucket in the kitchen for as long as I can remember. One of the childhood jobs was to take the bucket down to the compost heap and empty it there.
Recently I attended a workshop and… Continue
Added by Hester on August 31, 2009 at 7:52pm —
I've just picked up 8 avocadoes from under our tree. That brings the total I have in the kitchen to 27! This is what Ooooby is all about.
Our tree is a Hass avocado. I bought it as a grafted tree and it is now 8 years old.
In the spring of 2008 it set its… Continue
Added by Hester on August 6, 2009 at 5:22pm —
An independent review commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA)
shows that there are no important differences in the nutrition content, or any additional health benefits, of organic food when compared with conventionally produced food. The focus of the review was the nutritional content of foodstuffs.
Gill Fine, FSA Director of Consumer Choice and Dietary Health, said: ‘Ensuring people have accurate information is absolutely… Continue
Added by Neil Lovelock on July 30, 2009 at 8:46am —
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 —
Do you ever wish that you could make your own organic pesticides? Well, here is your organic pesticide cookbook! You will find many solutions and concoctions in this article that can help you keep the bugs out of your garden. Yes, you could use those nasty pesticides that you see in your local hardware, but why when homemade organic choices can be much cheaper and easier to use? If you are like many gardeners today, you want no harmful chemicals anywhere near your plants. Try some of these… Continue
Added by Crystal's Garden on July 11, 2009 at 7:39am —
Tonight my husband cooked us a delicious meal. All the ingredients were local and some were from our garden.
We had Groper steaks with florence fennel,lime, capsicum, broccoli, bok choy, baby carrots and spinach harvested from our garden tonight. We had the Groper on a bed of mashed potato and we also had some locally grown organic brussels sprouts.
I've been reading the articles about the trend to local food in restaurants in American cities and I feel very grateful that I live with… Continue
Added by Hester on July 2, 2009 at 8:22pm —
Added by Pete Russell on June 26, 2009 at 9:25am —
If this is the year for your first vegetable garden, congratulations! You’re about to embark on a wonderful venture of discovery and fun. You may have some setbacks – even very experienced gardeners do – but, most setbacks are very minor in comparison to the rewards that most of us get from gardening.
Here are my suggestions for all you starting out this year …
Start Relatively Small – For most beginners, smaller is better.… Continue
Added by Oz Gardener on June 24, 2009 at 6:00am —