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Comment by James Samuel on June 1, 2010 at 6:03am
Great to hear from you here Helen, yes there will be many more Ooooby markets popping up, and before long we will be letting you know how to start one in your area.

The seed issue is an interesting one. I asked one NZ supplier where they got most of their organic vege seeds and he told me "California and Spain". So all power to the local seedsavers!
Comment by Helen Dew on June 1, 2010 at 1:23am
Thanks Pete – this is a great way to encourage folks to start their own garden! Soon there will be more Ooooby markets like the one you have at Grey Lyn springing up all around New Zealand!

I’m looking forward to the day when there are enough growers in my own town to support a regular Ooooby market. When the time comes - what do I need to do to get started?

I’m pleased that the importance of seed saving was mentioned in the film. I’ve been saving my own for many years, and agree that the more ‘local’ the better. Mind you, ‘local’ is a relative term – I read somewhere that most of the seed sold in NZ shops is imported. One notable exception would be seed sold by the Koanga Institute; their range includes many heirloom and heritage varieties – all grown in NZ. What I learned from their little booklet How to Save Your Own Seed has been invaluable! I now concentrate on varieties that I can manage well and leave those that require specialist knowledge and conditions to the professionals.
Comment by Rachel and Andrew Dixie on May 31, 2010 at 9:26am
Looks great. People should also watch the Get Growing series on TV to learn about how to start of gardening
Comment by James Samuel on May 29, 2010 at 11:31am
Practical information, encouragement, and inspiration for getting started on growing food. Check out these 4 short videos.

Pete and Tony Murrell visit Lynda Hallinan's garden, then get down to brass tacks.

So before you turn the first sod, check out these four short clips. With the soils soaking up the winter rains sit back in the warmth of your home and watch, and you'll know what to do first. Then by the time Spring rolls around, you'll be eating your own freshly harvested, nutricious food.

Number one: Introductions and answering who are these videos for.

Number two: Knowing your site, making a plan for what you want to produce.

Number three: Soil testing, and its relationship to plants.

Number four: Soil health, why it's critical to know what you have and how to prepare it for growing healthy plants.

Number five: this and more are still to come....

Please ask questions. You might be surprised at the willingness of people to answer them. :-)


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