I am not expecting anything great, honey wise this year (but you never know what will happen) I will have a nucleus of Carniolan bees arriving soon and will get that established at home before moving down to the community garden. if we have a good year we could expect 10-20kg of honey off the hive. That would be neat wouldnt it?
How many chilis have you managed to sell? My plants are positively puny in comparison, the've been grown as house plants and are into their second year - got hit badly by frost last year but they're struggling along fortified with plenty of worm wee! I would love to try some yakon, not grown them before so curious to taste them. What is growing in the poly boxes next to the chilis, looks like spring onions?
hello Robyn, thanks for letting me know that the bulbils arrived ok. Would love to see photos of the chili plants! Every one of those bulbils will eventually produce a stalk (scape) which are the edible "bolts" that you were asking about - probably not in their first season but definitely by the second or third year :)
Thanks Robyn. Your community garden work sounds very satisfying. I'd love to come and visit some time when I get a chance. I'm from the South Island, and know a lot (far too much!) about growing plants in the cold. Have recently moved to the balmy Waikato, and am excited about the greater range of things that I'll be able to grow - just at this stage not sure how great that range is, so keen to hear what others have succeeded at in the warmer end of things.
I have three peony plants, well I did, they were in the same pot where they germinated and I repotted them individually and they have sulked ever since, one has a little red shoot so fingers crossed they will bounce back. did you try growing the skirret? I jut reaslised its a perennial anmd you can eat the young shoots in spring so its planted in the wrong place... but I will leave it this year and see what happens.
how wonderful to live in the same home for all that time! We lived in our previous home for 10 years - it's right next door to where we've built our new house.
I planted my bulbils in a polystyrene box to ensure that they didn't get over run with weeds, they don't compete well. Lifted them when the foliage started to fall over - they could have stayed in the box but I wanted to plant something else there! No reason why they can't be left in situ for another season, so long as you don't forget that they're there and they don't get over watered. Will be interested to learn how they fare if that's how you decide to grow them.
Your community garden is looking really productive!
By the way am really happy to learn that the chilis are doing well for you! Thanks for keeping me posted!
Will also take a look at your community garden FB page. Haven't ever seen scapes in the shops down here - there's only one Asian food store in Queenstown :) Maybe when I've got enough garlic growing I can sell my scapes to them!
There are lots of varieties of hardneck garlic and the scapes usually start off relatively straight and develop their loops and curls as they mature. I can send you a couple of spathes of bulbils that will take several seasons to grow into decent sized bulbs (I've several photos on my page of the different growth stages) but if you're only growing them for the scapes it shouldn't be a problem. You won't get any scapes the first season, just leaves and tiny rounds but there's lots of bulbils in each spathe so well worth the time and effort. They're all packed up in boxes at the moment so it may be another few weeks before I can find them - they won't need to be planted until May although it doesn't seem t hurt them if they're planted sooner. The scapes are delicious stir fried and you can also use garlic chives scapes when they're still at the bud stage, ditto shallot scapes.
I hope that our council don't decide to start charging us rent :( We're not on town supply water, one of our members connected us up to a creek and we have a holding tank and pipe stands that were paid for and installed through a HEHA grant from the Southland District Health Board
Our council has been very supportive and there are a couple of individuals who have guided us through the set up and alerted us to funding opportunities. You may wish to call into the council office to find out if there's anyone who can be your champion.
Our local bank SBS have also been really supportive with fundraising activities and the orgainser of the original local farmer's market is a member of our community garden so when we eventually have enough excess produce to sell, we'll be able to set up a stall. (if our new resident rabbit doesn't beat us to all the vegetables first! )
Hi Robyn - fortunately I realised after another sting while gardening that it was only a random reaction and decided to keep a hive. I dont know anyone that has a hive to place down there, but........ I plan to have more hives next spring so I would like to put one at the community garden, it would likely be a Warre hive. How does that sound? Let me know and I will kep in touch.
Hi Robyn,thanks yes we are steaming along,we have just about finished making a huge medicine wheel to home a big herb collection,will post some snaps when the beds are planted up.I watched some great little videos which i would like to pass on.Just type in John Jeavons videos,(really good tips)he is the man who wrote the book on biointensive gardening,this is the style that Kay Baxter from Koanga uses.Anyway as you will see on the video about tree collards,the leaves can be picked for 4 years,before cuttings are taken for new plants,full of vits and nice to eat,(sounds great) i am sure that they must be in the country,i will keep you posted if i track some down,smiles Fi from Waiheke
from memory alexander did take a long time to germinate the first time in fact I gave up on it and reused the potting mix and it came up later !, but left to its own devices it is coming up in the vicinity of where the plant seeded last year. I confess I haven't eaten any, its strong like lovage.