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At 8:13pm on November 3, 2012, Helen said…

Hi Earl , happy to send you courier bag, i just put plants in wet paper , bend  the tops over a bit and then another layer of paper - put all into grocery bag, that goes into plastic courier bag and is usally received day after sending....I dont have much out of the ordinary really , lavender, shoo fly, peppermint mint (yum in with ice-cream), winter mint, tomatoes plants-still small (black from tula), pineapple sage cuttings, honeysuckle climber cuttings, cheers Helen

At 4:45pm on November 3, 2012, Helen said…

Hi  Earl , Just wondering if there is any chance of getting a little tumeric and if you grow any other spices , i dont seem to have heard much , but am sure there are spices grown somewhere out there!! not sure what i have to swap with you but maybe we can come up with something...

kind regards, helen

At 1:23pm on June 7, 2012, Louis Wilson said…
At 8:49am on September 7, 2011, Robyn Wolfe said…
Glad the parcel arrived safely. I have heard about the corn treatment. It is supposed to break down the protein to make it easier to absorb but I don't bother.  The little cobs are pop corn.  They only grow just over a metre and have about  5 cobs to each plant.  Thought you might like to try them, too.  Have fun!
At 9:53am on March 9, 2011, James Samuel said…
Thanks for that Earl. 4 mins is not much when you have to share it with someone who waffles!
At 5:53pm on March 8, 2011, Ellen said…

Hi Earl. Yep, smoker was running hot. sold lots of jars at this weekend's Heroic Festival for Chch appeal. Yep, would love to pop by and you to pop by. This year I had super success with Ridge Gourd and will cook my first curry tonight and hope to have several of the sponges for pot scrapers. When's good? Ellen

At 10:06pm on March 7, 2011, Ellen said…

Hi Earl. Congratulations on your tyre success, I remember last years disappointing findings when you showed me the potatoes. Mine have gone a bit better than last year but nothing compared to your Kumara. Guess I have to go with less as I start to run out of sunny spots now as I do not yet want to use the middle of the green patch we have left over.

Congratulations to the Austrian Hullless, I have tried for 3 years, 2 packs, and haven't ever gotten one to germinate!!! If you have some left to swap a few seeds I can offer some back, eg Luffa or sorghum (grain) or a cutting of my hops plant.... I would love to have some success with that pumpkin next year. Cheers, Ellen (Sandringham, your visit to Heroic Gardens 2010)

At 2:58pm on February 11, 2011, Pete Russell said…
Cool.  Nice one Earl.
At 1:51pm on February 11, 2011, Pete Russell said…

Great.  I have forwarded your details on so let's wait and see.

Yes I think we are due for a cuppa.  Maybe once we move into our new home you could venture your way over the seas to visit us here on the island??

The TV programme sounds interesting.  I look forward to hearing more.

At 10:00am on February 11, 2011, Robyn Wolfe said…

Firstly, I never sell seeds.  I give them away.  I will get you some fresh seed from this season.

Next, they say you learn something everyday. Thanks for highlighting nixtamalisation!

At 4:36pm on February 10, 2011, Pete Russell said…

Hey Earl.  Thanks for your continued valuable input.  It is greatly appreciated.

Just a thought, would you be open to being interviewed by Hayley at the Aucklander about your land?  http://ooooby.ning.com/profiles/blogs/are-you-an-urban-farmer-in-an

At 4:03pm on February 10, 2011, Robyn Wolfe said…

Re the worms...I've forgotten the question.  I went to get the vermiculture out and it had all washed out in the water from the bottom layer so that was cool.

About the corn...that's it in my profile photo.  The seed I think is called Kaanga Ma, the variety that can be left in the river to rot for porridge. This I use for flour.  I leave the cobs on the plant until they are dry...they droop down when thoroughly dry. The beans can be left quite happily. Picked off and left in the sheaths in a dry place till need.  De-seeding is a nice winter job though you do get blisters on the sides of the thumbs!.  I bought a small corn mill through Koanga Institute about $150 (Porket, made in Poland I think).  I plant about 20 plants and get about 3 kilos of flour which I use sparingly with ordinary flour in the bread maker.  It needs to be ground three times to get it fine enough to lose the skins and not break your teeth!

Another corn (from Koanga) is called Hokianga Red/Yellow.  There is a photo on my page. It has 80% yellow and 20% red and I use that for porridge. Again ground very fine.  A food processor does Not work.

I put dwarf beans around the sweet corn as that is not going to be there long.

If you would like some seed of anything, just say.  I warn you I am a procrastinator but I get there eventually!

At 10:05am on February 6, 2011, Robyn Wolfe said…
Hello!  I use the Three Sisters too. I have corn that needs to be dried before use (for flour) and plant cannellini runner beans with them - they also need to be dried.  With sweet corn I put space saver cucumbers in between and dwarf beans around the outside.  If it is later in the season the dying corn plants will protect the beans from early frost.  Great idea, isn't it?  Clever Indians!
At 9:01am on February 4, 2010, Pete Russell said…
Good morning Earl. Just a thought. If you're available please feel free to turn up today from 11.30. Just to get some thoughts in before others arrive.
At 8:20pm on January 8, 2010, Megan said…
hello Earl, I noticed your comment to Leana about your worm farm being used to process dog poop. As an owner of two dogs, am intrigued. What do you keep your worms in so that there's no smell as you add fresh material; ie what type of worm farm do you have, a commercial or proprietary system? Assume that the resulting vermicast isn't used on food crops? Would be great if you'd join the Vermiculture group and post your reply there. Thanks
At 11:00am on November 23, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Hello Earl. How are you? Is it the season for tea in the garden?
At 8:27pm on September 29, 2009, Susan Kitson said…
Hi Earl,

I tried the water dunking method with three hens, and it seemed to work with one of them. Simple trick, so work giving a go if you ever need it, although not fool-proof! Thanks for the advice.

Cheers,
Susan
At 9:58am on September 27, 2009, Susan Kitson said…
Hi Earl,

Thanks for your response. I had to laugh out loud at the thought of dunking my wee chickens into cold water. My rooster would be beside himself! Might be worth a try though.

Cheers,
Susan
At 9:56pm on July 10, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Hi Earl.

Just dropping a note to say that I had a great chat with Euan and Johnnie. Thanks for the intro. I am looking forward to catching up on our return.
At 2:40pm on June 11, 2009, Hester said…
Hi Earl
I really like your idea for a book list.How about starting a new group for sharing book titles?
Crisp crunchy veges sound great too.
I'll have to check that out.

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