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Gardening & yard labour, Gardening advice, Garden watering, Garden sitting, Poultry sitting, to be a gardening buddy, Preserving
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Buying Local Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Seed Savers
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
Just bought our first home, so am excited about having a permanent residence to invest in the soil! Am using these guidelines from Koanga Gardens to build up the soil: http://www.koanga.org.nz/articles/soil-amendments-using-commercial-fertilisers-best-and-fastest-results-home-garden It's a bit expensive up front, but it's a one-off cost, and I see it as an investment. Our section is relatively small, but I'm cramming in as much as I can manage! I'm using a mixture of growing in pots, root restriction, dwarf varieties, judicious pruning and espaliering to keep the fruit trees in check. Fruit: Figs (Brunoro Black & Misa), Peach (Flamecrest), Apples (Prima & Freyberg), Pear (Seckels), Plums (Black Doris & Damson), Mandarin (Encore), Feijoa (Apollo), double grafted Meyer Lemon / Tahitian Lime, Blood Orange, Banana (Hamoa), Casirimoa, Fruit Salad Plant (Monstera), Naranjilla, Tamarillo (Ted's Red), Passionfruit (Black Beauty & Vanilla), Boysenberry (Brulee), Raspberry (Clutha & Yellow), Rhubarb (my grandma's!), Blueberries (Blue Magic, Blue Dawn & Tasty Blue), Gooseberry, Red & Yellow NZ Guava, Strawberries (Ivory, Captain Cook & Margeurite). Gardens are still getting established, but i'm gunning for: Veges: Lettuce (Heirloom MIx), Tomatoes (Mortgage Lifter & Cherry), Lebanese Cucumber, Eggplant (Black Beauty), Celery (Nutty), Zucchini (Black Beauty), Pumpkins (Crown, Chuck's Winter, Cupola, Austrian Hulless - for seeds, & Kamo Kamo - for eating young like courgette), Broccoli (De Cicco) & Cauliflower (Violet Sicillian). Herbs: Basil, Thai Basil, Coriander, Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley, Oregano, Marjoram, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Mint, Mint Julep, Peppermint, Vietnamese Mint, Chamomile, St John's Wort, Heartsease & Elecampagne. Flowers & Companions: Calendula (Heritage Mix), Nasturtiums (Heritage Rainbow Mix), Borage, Marigold (Inca & Lemon Gem), Amaranth (Love Lies Bleeding), & Sunflower (Tarahumara & Giant Russian) - also Rugosa Roses for hips & Tea Roses for fragrance.