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At 8:07pm on November 15, 2011, Jude Simpson said…

Hey Jude here, How ya doing and what are you up to in your patch.

I guess it is the Fall in your neck of the woods, sooo more Parsnips for a change!

Do you plant Kohl Rabi?  It has a nutty flavour.

We have had a long winter.  It warms, one plants and it cools, snow in the South Island a while back.  I am just looking at your wintering carrots photo...I think it's called global warming!

I am now planting by the moon completely.  Just tested it last summer, and the programme combined with worm pee is working well.  I am noticing a huge difference.

Last summer I planted my first Russian Black Krim toms, and it is my favourite over 40 years of gardening.  I kept seeds from my best one for this year and now have heaps.

Hope you are keeping well...and busy.




At 10:41pm on August 12, 2011, Jude Simpson said…

Hi Doug, the happy gardener,


I have sent you an email with a couple of links to honey that we use in NZ.

Parsnips for breakfast?

At 1:56am on July 9, 2011, Jude Simpson said…

Congratulations on planting your garden.  That is such a satisfying feeling.

I see you love parsnips...have you tried them mashed together with carrots, butter, salt and pepper?  That is yummy, and brings back childhood memories.

We are in the middle of winter now, way too much rain and gusty storms this week.

I have dug trenches and am throwing in a bag of veg peelings each day.  It had better work!  Rest up.

At 9:27pm on May 5, 2011, Jude Simpson said…
Whoops, left a message for you on Richard Watson's page by mistake, sorry.
At 5:28pm on April 30, 2011, Richard Watson said…

That's good that the seed has made it Doug.

As the name suggests it grows tall and what i do is when i pick the leaves for a salad i pick from the bottom up as it grows,its a thick stem type lettuce.


good luck with this one,love to see some photos of it on your wall later in the season

At 8:22pm on March 25, 2011, Jude Simpson said…

Thank you for your message at the time of the earthquake in Christchurch.

The land has not settled yet. After shocks continue frequently, and folk are trying to keep spirits high and get on as best they can.  Huge effort is continuing with fund-raising, and drop-off depots for every day necessities.

We are lucky living in the North Island, but have been warned that we are 100 years overdue for something.

We have had family visiting visiting from London for the last 10 weeks, and during that time the garden has turned into a jungle over summer.  The rains have started now which is good.  I will deal to it and have it back in good order by spring.


How is your patch?


At 1:44pm on September 30, 2010, Robyn Wolfe said…
Hello! Well, I tried your advice on making onion sets and it worked. Now I have to get them in the garden - when I find it! Thanks for the advice...and the laugh. You are very funny!
At 9:47pm on July 29, 2010, Vel Litt said…
At 9:38pm on July 29, 2010, Vel Litt said…
Hello Stillcookin! In northeast Ohio we plant onions, all kinds, in early spring or late fall. That pasta dish is a favorite and how nice that you like it too. Thanks for visiting my potager. Enthusiastic visitors are always welcome. And about those cucumbers! I have a bumper crop of four kinds traveling right now. Each morning I have to take a look to see which route they've taken. The cornichons are especially interesting now. Have already started pickling. Good luck with the red onion. Delicious thing it is!
At 4:11pm on April 18, 2010, Jude Simpson said…
You certainly sound full of the joys! All that good fresh food no doubt.

I have taken about 20 cuttings from my Goji plant and they are up to the challenge.

Ordered a truck load of tested garden mix and topped up everything ready for the winter.

What do you do with your Volkswagens when they are ripe? Do you bottle sauerkraut?

I have an interesting email to send you regarding incredible edibles. Could I have your mail address. Not sure how to put it on ooooby.
At 11:31pm on April 17, 2010, Jude Simpson said…
Hi cooking up a storm,
Just wondering wot u r up to in the garden at the moment. Has the snow all melted away for spring plantings?.
Many areas of our country have been declared a drought . The last rain only 9mls.
At 9:23am on March 21, 2010, Rae Sholl said…
Thanks Stilcookin,
I'll keep you posted! I appreciate the simple, but important advice!!!
At 8:54pm on March 18, 2010, Brian Adam said…
Hydroponix has changed in 20 yrs for the better? Great. Is it even possible to claim organic status? Wo-hoo. But of course here in New Zealand we may not be up to the mark you guys are in Idaho. So please tell me more about recent developments, or point to a web-source please. Cheers, Brian
At 11:39am on March 18, 2010, Brian Adam said…
I'm interested in what you say about hydroponics, that they can be organic. I think that's what you implied. Anyway, we were very keen on it 20 years ago here in Auckland, had great success, and now I'd like to try it again for some things like cherry toms and other big feeders. Have hydroponic nutrients changed all that much?
At 5:23pm on March 11, 2010, Richard Watson said…
Not yet mate,can be far though,often i get seed through Tomatoville forum and that takes a few weeks.
At 4:44am on March 2, 2010, Stillcookin said…
I grew up in San Diego California. They announced, back in the 60's, that we might get hit by one within 5 or 6 hours. There was a traffic jam down at the beach all night long! Surfs up DUDE!
At 9:18pm on March 1, 2010, Jude Simpson said…
Don't tempt fate Robyn, we are overdue for a biggy, and must not be complacent. Do you have 3 days supply of water and food on your property?
We need to ensure that our family, friends and neighbours are well prepared.
We had a tsunami warning yesterday, and folk are still taking their children down to the waters edge to watch the big wave come in!!!
At 6:03pm on February 28, 2010, Stillcookin said…
How much is not much? When it come to a tsunami, you really don't know what it will do till it does it. Right?
At 9:02am on February 28, 2010, Robyn Wolfe said…
Thanks for that! I have found that covering them completely keeps not only the carrot fly out but also the cats. We (NZ) are all waiting for a tsunami that looks like its not going to happen...much.
At 10:41pm on February 27, 2010, Kali said…
Hi there I've just been checking in on Ooooby and saw some of your comments re seeds, we have a fantastic organisation called koanga institute, founded by one Kay baxter who recognised the need to save heirloom seed, NZ being a fairly recent colonial outpost and immigrant nation had a wide variety of food plants introduced but as the years went by the diversity reduced dramatically, (as it has elsewhere in the world,) see here . I also belong to a local seedbank where gardeners swap seed amongst themselves, developing some local cultivars. Kings seeds is another source of seed that has become a big business, but they import alot of their heirlooms and seedlines from Italy and elsewhere.


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