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
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...
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!
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
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)
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!
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!
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