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Comment by Silvano on August 27, 2010 at 9:02am
hi everyone,
i can trade grapefruit from my garden by any other fruit/vegie or seeds..
anybody interested?
Comment by Christy Ralphs on August 16, 2010 at 2:43pm
I have a spare Koanga Gardens & Koanga Institute catalogue (although you have to be a member to order from Institute Catalogue), as well as the latest NZ Gardener mag if anyone wants them. Pick up from Korora Rd.
Comment by Dawn on August 9, 2010 at 3:47pm
Just reading all the talk about mulchers. I bought one from Auckland Machinery. It can handle branches way bigger than those silly machines Placemakers sell. (They are a complete waste of time and money} Mine cost about $2000 and I love it, and the mulch. It comes out a bit chunkier than sawdust. Great stuff. Easy machine to use and move about. Highly recommend them.
Comment by steve on August 9, 2010 at 9:19am
Hi, graeme had a 'Hansa' which is made in hamilton, re mulch im planting comfrey cannas and lemon grass near the gardens for a weed barrier and mulch, energy efficient, im finding even the black wattle which is growing every where coppices well, is great fire wood, nitrogen fixing and mulch.
Comment by Jan Lewis on August 8, 2010 at 10:57am
Thanks Christy, I live in hopes that the school will revert to the good stuff, it was brilliant on paths which could be scooped onto the garden after a couple of years & any weeds were easy to pull out. Re chippers, I agree, I've owned two & my experience is the awful noise is not worth the small amount of mulch generated. I was very conscious that they make such a racket (these were electric ones) & couldn't inflict the din on my poor neighbours very often, especially when they jammed which was frequently. You have to feed dry stuff in with any green stuff or they clog up so easily.
Comment by Christy Ralphs on August 8, 2010 at 10:20am
Hi Fi & Steve- yes I'm tempted by a chipper too, but people do say that they are always disappointed by how little mulch they end up with after putting through a huge pile of branches! my pea straw experience has been good i have to say... i do the chook system with hay too, and use that as mulch on my orchard which works well, but think it would need to be composted further to put on my vege garden, plus it's a bit of a walk... not that I'm lazy but struggling to keep up with it all as it is :) i'm dividing up my cannas every year and would like to have large areas of them to provide mulch. Also thinking of putting a lucerne patch on the top of the hill - you might have space at yours for that too Fi? don't know how successful it would be.

Jan - I've tried before to find sawdust, but think it is pretty rare (we need a sawmill!) sometimes people advertise it in the gulf news, but you have to be fast.
Comment by Fi and Steve on August 8, 2010 at 6:17am
Just a thought,i think a chipper would be a great investment!
Comment by Fi and Steve on August 8, 2010 at 6:15am
Hi Guys,pea straw was a disaster for me,4 years ago i bought 4 bales off someone that bought a load to the island,they where infested with every weed you could think of it took 2 years to deal to them.The peastraw paddock must have been over run with weeds.I am working hard at ideas for growing,finding mulch here on the island.cheers Fi
Comment by Jan Lewis on August 6, 2010 at 11:26am
Anyone know a good source of untreated sawdust? I used to get mine from the High School but apparently, treated timber sometimes goes through so I can't be sure it's not toxic now!
Comment by steve on August 5, 2010 at 9:22am
I think most of the barley and pea straw comes up from sth island hence price, i put my hay in with the chooks for a while for the seeds to sprout then use it on the garden, not 100% but cost effective as i made enough hay last summer for my purposes

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