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.
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!
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.
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
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?
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!!!
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 http://www.koanga.org.nz/ . 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. http://www.kingsseeds.co.nz/