Canterbury (New Zealand) Grower's Group


Canterbury (New Zealand) Grower's Group

Growing your own in your Canterbury backyard, lifestyle block or as part of a local community garden? Then this is the group for you...

Location: Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
Members: 35
Latest Activity: Apr 13, 2016

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Heeellp! I'm trying to get a garden bed up and running but... 3 Replies

Started by Sarah De Goldi. Last reply by Kali Nov 7, 2009.

What can I plant in August? 1 Reply

Started by Helen Leggatt. Last reply by Deborah Wilson Aug 16, 2009.

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Comment by George Aorangi Stanley on August 9, 2010 at 1:49pm
Hi all

This an invite to ny in the area

I'm having an open day for a CSA in Taitapu /ladbrooks for the hungry citizens of Christchurch
22nd August
We are mulching half a hectare
so come roll in some hay and have a walk around the farm
I am really interested in sharing ideas on how to turn a buck form a small parcel of land by doing what i love growing veges
89 Tancreds Rd 10-4pm
Comment by Richard Morgan on August 7, 2010 at 11:45pm
Greetings My family and I have just moved onto three quarters of an acre just before waipara, I am currently rebuilding my vegetable garden and getting ready for spring planting. i have just completed a new glasshouse from recycled materials and are now getting ready to build a tunnel house in which I can grow Zucchini, I also love to grow silverbeet, beetroot, tomatos and capsicum, as well as lettuces. We have a fledgling business growing seedlings for sale as well as selling our produce either fresh or as sauces, pickles and chutneys. Our family includes a rabbit hunting tom named sandy and twenty chickens 10 hilines and 10 bantums.
Comment by Lynley Young on January 2, 2010 at 8:21am
Hi to all,
We have a nice little piece of paradise in Albury. We bought 10 acres of bare land last year and have since acquired 5 alpacas, 2 lambs, 1 dexter cow and her calf, three Pekin hens and two Light Sussex chicks. We have also added 17 fruit trees (more like sticks with leaves really :-) ) and am currently attempting to grow our own vegetables and save seed for next year.
Comment by Richard Watson on December 10, 2009 at 11:07am
Hi my family and i live on 5.2 hec in Medbury on the Amuri plains,i grow seed for the Koanga Institute as well as growing lots of veggies for ourselfs,we also have 2 sheep along with chocks and Pekin ducks.Ive build a earth and stone tunnelhouse that helps us to grow frost tender plant for most of the year.
Comment by Annie on November 15, 2009 at 4:01pm
Hi Jean,
We live in Hanmer Springs on a section on the outskirts of the village. I have a moderate sized raised garden & glasshouse. I love to grow vegetables & herbs, and am challenged by a short growing season! I am in the process of turning our section more edible, and including more natives & medicinal herbs. I work as a natural therapist & nurse, specialising natural medicine.
Comment by Sarah De Goldi on November 2, 2009 at 6:32pm
Hi Jean,
We live in Ashley on 11 acres. Im a complete novice who would love to become an expert :)
Have you heard about the sustainable group forming in the region? There is a meeting at the Amberley library in a couple of weeks.
Comment by Iona Bayley on August 12, 2009 at 5:19pm
Hello Jean,

We are based in Auckland until later this year but own a section of just under 2 acres in Kirwee, which we feel is managable as I'm a stay at home mum. The land is pretty much bare at the moment apart from some grass and one lonely little tree, although we'll benefit from our neighbours shelter trees. We're pretty much beginners, although I seem to have relatively green fingers by pure luck, and have an absolute ton of stuff to learn and plenty of planning to get on with. Eventually we'd like to grow some of our own organic veggies, plant some fruit trees and have some free range chooks for eggs.
Comment by Helen Leggatt on August 5, 2009 at 5:24pm
Hi Jean :)

We live in Waddington which is a wee place near Sheffield (between Darfield and Springfield). We have just under 2-acres - enough for us as we both work full-time - me a writer working from home and hubby in IT commuting to Chch. We're both in our early 40's and love our land - not that we always know quite what to do with it - but we're learning fast! We don't have children but we do have 2 dogs and 9 free-ranging cheeky chooks!

We have a paddock that we occasionally keep 2 lambs in, a vineyard (that is being ripped out so we can have more lambs!), a small orchard and veggie gardens.

I'd say I was an experienced novice!!
Comment by Jean on July 31, 2009 at 9:48am
Hi all, I live in Amberley, Nth. Cant. My husband is the gardener, I'm simply the labourer, so not very knowledgeable, we are in our mid-late 70's. Where are you all, and are you novices or experts? What sorts of things are you interested in?

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