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At 5:31pm on May 24, 2011, Christy Martin said…

Hi Ricardo, 

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.

Best of luck!


At 3:06pm on May 24, 2011, Christopher said…

Hi Ricardo,


If you visit here:  http://www.sharingbackyards.com/browse?jump=Auckland%2C+NZ  there is a map for all of Auckland.   Just select "add new listing" at the top right of the map, and fill in the details the best you can.  


You can let people in your network know about www.sharingbackyards.com   -- the more people know, the better chances of someone seeing your post.   Good luck!!



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At 9:24pm on May 19, 2011, Frankie P said…


Thank you for your invite. Unfortunately I am away this weekend so unable to attend.

Also, my neighbour has come to the party with some aloe vera but thank you for your kind offer.

Keep in touch with regards to activities in the future.

At 8:51pm on May 19, 2011, Marcello gardi said…

Hey Ricardo

Good to hear from you.

I have to work this weekend  so sorry.sounds very interesting.

Ciao Marcello



At 9:27am on May 19, 2011, Tania said…
Hi Ricardo, thanks for the welcome and the invite :-)  Have King of the Mountain on Sunday so will not be able to make your working bee.  Great idea!!!!
At 1:17am on May 18, 2011, Sheri said…

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.


At 6:52am on May 5, 2011, minke may botes said…
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.
:) Minke
At 10:01am on May 4, 2011, andrea ellis said…

Hey, thanks for the links - very helpfull. Not very familiar with a working bee, what does that involve?



At 4:18pm on May 3, 2011, Matt Moir said…
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
At 2:33pm on May 3, 2011, Tim said…
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
At 6:35pm on May 2, 2011, Tara McFarlane said…

Hi Ricardo


I spend most of my days in Bombay at the moment where we are building a house - sorry, I can't really commit to anything these days other than the house build

At 11:02pm on April 30, 2011, Matt Moir said…

Hi Ricardo

could you be more specific as in share work and working bee thanks Matt 

At 4:34pm on April 29, 2011, minke may botes said…

Hi Ricardo 

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.



At 9:22am on April 28, 2011, Bronwyn Warren said…
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
At 8:04am on April 27, 2011, Jada MacFie said…

Hi Ricardo


We're interested in working bees - I assume you mean the term when people all get together and work as opposed to hives?

I'm interested in goats - what's the proposed site in Mangere (I have concerns)




At 11:45am on April 26, 2011, sarah bing said…
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:)
At 6:44pm on April 25, 2011, andrea ellis said…
Hey Ricardo,

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).

At 5:17pm on April 24, 2011, andrea ellis said…

Hi ricardo,


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.





At 6:03pm on April 7, 2011, sarah bing said…
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 :)
At 11:50am on April 7, 2011, Kali said…
thanks Ricardo, will try that :)


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