Yvonne Nikolaison
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My vegetable garden started off small last summer, it has now been exapanded twice since then. I am growing 3 different types of tomatoes, peppers, chilli's cabbage, gerhkins, pumpkins, ghourds, rock melon, courgettes, silverveet, potatoes, kumera, 2 types of beans, garlic, red onions, strawberries, guava's ,raspberries, blueberries, basil, thyme, sage, rosemary, lettuce, beetroot, echinachea, luffia and various companion plants.

I had no idea that I was growing so much.

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December Garden

The garden is doing well despite the lack of attention. Potatoes are flowering but only the last lot that we planted not the earlly ones. Snap peas are flowering, one gerkhins and cucumber plant has survived. The courgettes and sweetcorn have decided to live after our late spring snow fall (November). Tomatoes are starting to flower and the fennel plants are doing well. what I have planted straight into the garden from seed hasn't been as successful.

Due to surgery I am unable to do… Continue

Posted on December 4, 2011 at 12:27pm

Its Easter Time

The weeks have slipped by and while I read about what everyone else is up to in their garden, I haven't been near mine except to pick a few things.

I picked my first and only gerkhins, I added it to a salad. The cheery tomatoes are nearly finished, I have picked 3 small handfuls of green beans that were planted in late January in the hope that we would have a long autumn. We had already had our first snow fall of the year. Carrots haven't been too bad.

We got out into the… Continue

Posted on April 23, 2011 at 4:59pm


I had great hopes for the garden this year and well I seem to be able to grow weeds well, but everything else is very slow. On the good side, meslun is growing well, along with the beetroot, the last of the winter cauliflowers have been picked. broad beans were patchy and snap peas died off as fast as it was growing. The tomatoes in the glass house are starting to flower. I still can't get lettuce to germinate. The sweetcorn is growing well and the beans seem to be happy, with pumpkins… Continue

Posted on December 30, 2010 at 5:41pm — 1 Comment

November Gardening

Thankfully the gerkhins and courgettes are looking brighter, I thought I was going to lose them all. Basil is still sulking, the tomatoes in the glasshouse are taking off. I brought a chilli and pepper plant which are also in the gHouse.

I have been busy making kefir water and the milk culture. The yoghurt is a little sour, but is good in cooking. the kefir drink is doing wonders for my system and keeping me regular. Have lots of extra grains,will need to start another one I… Continue

Posted on December 1, 2010 at 5:31pm

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At 9:53am on July 8, 2011, Mo Buttner-Jenkins said…
Thanks dear, PM'd you my details :0)
At 11:32am on July 7, 2011, Mo Buttner-Jenkins said…

Hi Yvonne,

would you have some spare water kefir grains spare?  Have got myself some healthy milk grains going, but want to explore the water grains now too.  Am happy to swap for sourdough starter, seeds and willing to pay for postage :0)

At 11:47am on February 1, 2011, Jane Maarie said…
hi Yvonne, I asked my friend about her lemon & feijoa wine recipe the other day when I went to visit her and she laughed at me, told me I should know by now that she doesn't follow a recipe to anything, just adds a bit of this & a bit of that and walla! Needless to say that I came away empty handed... :O(
At 8:32pm on December 30, 2010, Megan said…
hello, glad to learn that the cuttings took, they literally grow wild here. Made a batch of elderflower cordial, adapted Isabell's recipe http://ooooby.ning.com/group/preservingyoursurplus/forum/topics/elder-flower-recipes using double the quantity of flowerheads & lemon juice. Also made some lemon barley cordial, using frozen zest and juice. Was eating boiled barley for a week - is rather nice with miso soup, seaweed & spring onion. Hubby wasn't so keen to sample :) Do let me know if you're planning a visit this way.
At 5:28pm on December 1, 2010, Lynn said…
Oops...meant to ask...how's everything going down the deep South? Having fun?
At 5:27pm on December 1, 2010, Lynn said…
Hi Yvonne...you're very welcome. Other things I am going to make...Lemon cordial, Lime marmalade, berry jam, herb infused oils and vinegars. Nothing is expensive, and all are great gifts. Heaps of fun!
At 10:50pm on November 19, 2010, moggy said…
Yes that is Susan, she is good at looking cute, we hav two others Igor and Greebo in case you are wondering at the names they are all characters from Terry Pratchett books
At 11:30pm on October 3, 2010, Tony Lucas said…
Hi Yvonne how did the shift go as you may be aware Linda walked out on me and the boys so things fell apart we are just gettin things back in shape for us now. hope all is good with you and your family it was such a pleasure meeting you that day.
At 7:10am on September 9, 2010, Angie Gibbons said…
http://www.ecoinnovation.co.nz/ - helps if i post the link
At 7:09am on September 9, 2010, Angie Gibbons said…
Hehehe, i thought i had replied to this.. they have fixed the roundabout up alot, its now 2 lanes and flows much better, I travel thru it a couple of times a day!

Hope you have fun on the ecobob website

I also heard this company was very good for alternaive energy.



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