I no longer have the planter with the windscreen; gave it away to another Ooooby member as I moved from Auck to Chch. However, it worked beautifully and I would highly recommend making one. Works best to raise seedlings in. The only thing I would say is watch it carefully in the summer months or on really hot days/ best to leave out of the direct sunlight on those days or just leave the glass open, but loved it for raising seedlings in.
Hello Ricardo, I live in an area where I can grow my own veggies but...when it comes to "how" my front yard looks I have to have it approved by the home owner's association. This does not mean I can't have fruit trees and veggies in the front yard, just that it looks nice to go with the other homes in the development. My back yard is being built for only gardening veggies and also I have just planted a small orchard. I can also use rain barrels here if I wish but because we get so much rain I wouldn't dream of doing that! There are some places that do not want you to catch rain water, the natural streams and water ways depend on this flow of water to maintain their fish populations ans so forth. That doesn't stop people from leaving out 5 gallon buckets and the wheelbarrow.
Sorry for the late reply Ive just been so busy. Just let me know what date you plan to have people over for the working bee... Been thinking of starting a parents group too... So like minded people can get together and share ideas while our kids play, Ill post something when I get a chance.
Hi Ricardo I Have been fairly busy the last few days anyways it sounds more like you need a few people to help you tidy up your garden rather than a working bee if you get a few people able to commit I would be happy to particapete on a saturday i would be happy to help you out I do have plent of tools that we can use however as i am a proffesional garden landscaper I am reluctant to part with or lend tools its not very as for help in return I am alwaus looking for a hand in weedingand planting in a gardin I built and maintain in Pt Chev this is a volinteery job witch the prifitsfrom sales of produce is donated to cherity. as for a working bee group I would sugest that yourself and anyone that is interested meet in a centeral location to descuss activities an how to procede I do have a location in pt chev where everyone can meet as I am the property manager of this building as well
Hey Ricardo, In the journals I made an active decision to focus only on aspects I have direct experience with. And aquaponics is something I really don't have much expertise in at all. Would love to though one day ....it's on the list :) Cheers Tim
I have two children under 4 So helping out with a working bee would depend on weather the location is child friendly. I have raised both my children along Steiner principals and have an interest in biodynamics and living water. Im thinking about getting my Kids each a laying hen so would be interested in any advise as I only have experience in raising geese.
Hey Ricardo, I am a photographer, I grow veggies for my own family and my elderly neighbors who for different reasons cant garden as much. We have just bought a 10 acre block in Te Mata near Raglan and spend most weekends up there chopping Gorse. Oneday we will build up there. Over looks the Aotea Harbour. Will be applying some Permaculture principles to my gardening up there reading Kay Baxter and Bob Mollison books at the mo!! Very slow process, looking forward to the journey
I think probably the best way is to fence around your garden; I have heard that chooks wont go to too much effort to get to things, and mine will usually leave the raised beds somewhat alone when i let them out? I have used beer bottles to edge beds and that seems to deter them also. Sorry about the delay in getting back to you:)
Thanks for your tip about Emily and her roof top garden group.
I also love the quote from the Cuban Guy - "Baby steps, If you have room and time to plant one tomato plant, just plant one tomato plant, the rest will come". I will definitely take this into consideration in my research development phase. As it would be great to help get people started in growing their own vegetables, especially for non property owners - (since there are alot of them).
I dont have anything to swap yet - I’m in my final year of a 4 year industrial design degree at Massey University.
For our final year each student decides on a problem or an area that they would like to improve on. We then spend the entire year researching and developing this.
For my final year project I want to make sustainable living more achievable for non-property owners. One of the ways in which I believe this could be achieved is a product that allows people to grow their own vegetables.
So maybe if you have any ideas/ suggestions for this or maybe know of someone who could help me in this area would be hugely appreciated.
hey ricardo! umm, we have a fence up dividing the garden in half; the chooks are pretty happy just staying on their side:), and whenever they jump over the fence will just run back in when you open the gate for them :)