Earl Mardle's Blog – January 2011 Archive (4)

Corn - the second sister coming in.

A while back I posted about our Three Sisters experiment and so far it has yielded several kilos of green beans and 11 Austrian oilseed pumpkins and there are about 15 other squash on the way, especially buttercup which is our favourite but a couple of others as well. They wont be ready for a few more weeks but right now we are getting into the second sister. Corn.… Continue

Added by Earl Mardle on January 24, 2011 at 8:22pm — 4 Comments

Meeting the 100 mile challenge



A while, back there was a TV Programme called the 100 mile Challenge which aimed to eat only those foods grown within 100 miles of the contestant. I suspect we are starting to get close if you average out the food miles on the plate.Successes

  • Home made bread
  • Home made green pasta sauce including
  • Home grown
  • Zucchini…
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Added by Earl Mardle on January 22, 2011 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Weather change actions to take

With the sudden shift in weather from hot and dry to hot and VERY humid, (from under 60% and regularly under 55% to 82% right now) especially in the North of NZ, it seems to me there are a number of things gardeners need to make decisions about and I'd be glad of some input.

  1. I have a standard spray fungal/mildew resistance using baking soda and a splash oil cooking oil to help it stick to the plants but it should go on before the rain, is there anything you use afterwards?…
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Added by Earl Mardle on January 18, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Adventures with a Hobo Stove

I entertained my brother and son-in-law on New Year's Eve by giving them a couple of paint tins, (a 1 litre and a 2 litre) access to my workshop and one request, make me a hobo stove.

It took them most of the day but in the end we had a working stove. The outer can has 24 air inlets at the base. The inner can has plenty of air holes…

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Added by Earl Mardle on January 5, 2011 at 5:12pm — 2 Comments

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