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Oneroa, Waiheke Island
Food Growing Skill Level
Experience and Qualifications
I am interested in...
Swapping Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Seed Savers
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing

Bits and Pieces

i have a sledgehammer which people are welcome to borrow... one of my favourite pieces of equipment!

my blog which has pics & comments about my garden is
Island Gardening

i'm always keen to swap/trade/barter for produce, particularly fruit, as my orchard is still young, and not producing much. large quantities of fruit that are suitable for preserves are always welcome - can give back some as jams/sauces etc if that works for you. for significant items/amounts will consider bartering our vino too.

happy gardening!

Christy Ralphs's Blog

Duck Housing

When I first decided I wanted to keep ducks I trawled the net for info

on duck houses. Ducks don't technically need housing, but I wanted to

pen the ducks in during the night, so I could collect their eggs.

Otherwise it is 'hunt the eggs' or, as I discovered, try and get them

before the pukeko do. And pukeko rise early. There is a lot of info

about chicken coops, not so much for ducks.…


Posted on September 23, 2010 at 9:48pm

Olive Harvest

For me, the olive harvest marks the end of the harvest season here on Waiheke. And nicely timed this year, with the drought just broken (57mm of rain last week at our place!), and the arrival of the first wintry weather. We picked just over 30kg of koroneiki olives on Saturday, which is a very small amount really, and so we are very lucky to be able to add them to someone else's olives to have them pressed. More pictures and info on my blog:… Continue

Posted on May 23, 2010 at 7:52pm — 1 Comment

Earth Bag Garden Seat

My garden doesn't have many places for just sitting. It's always been a place for doing rather - so much on the list! But when I was aked if I could provide a project for an upcoming earthbuilding workshop I thought it might be time to rectify the lack of seating.

Over the weekend we hosted some lovely students and their tutors and now have a brand new seat in our food forest area. Full details are posted on my blog:… Continue

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 1:00pm

Honey Harvest

Meet the latest fledgling beekeeper. She helped with the honey harvest. I love that smile on her face - pure happiness. We took off eight frames a couple of days ago, which will leave about eight frames per hive for

the bees over winter, and a couple extra per hive to put into the

freezer in case they run out - that's a tip I picked up from the bee

club meeting…


Posted on March 13, 2010 at 9:34pm — 1 Comment

Future BeeKeepers & First Honey Harvest

I managed to squeeze in quite a lot of bee time over the weekend. On Saturday I took Alex up to have his first proper look at our bees. I picked up a second hand child's bee suit for him and Melina to wear, and

it does look cute. I also thought a six year old boy would quite like being in charge of the smoker. …


Posted on February 22, 2010 at 11:40pm

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At 9:33pm on June 25, 2012, Andy said…

> you need someone who is a tree expert - southern woods nursery?

> tree crops association?

I am a tree expert. ;-)

I a looked up southern woods nursery. They have only seedlings or ornamental varieties.

I'm member of the NZTCA. I asked Jennifer Hutson about this plants. So far no answer. :-(



At 8:42pm on June 25, 2012, Andy said…

Hello Christy,

> if I lived a wee bit closer I'd offer to help out...

you can help.
We are looking for *fruit* *varieties* of:
- Hickory (Carya ovata)
- Heartnut (Juglans ailanthifolia cordiformis)
- Pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
- Gingo (Ginko biloba)
- Filbert Hazelnut (Corylus maxima)
- Saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia or A. canadensis)
We also searching Shipmast Black Locust
(Robinia pseudoacacia) 'Rectissima' or/and ‘Appalachia'.
Large trees, small trees or cuttings would be appreciated.

We also looking for 2000 seeds of respectively:
- Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens)
- Osage orange (Maclura pomifera)
- Mexican alder (Alnus jorullensis)
For wind shelter belt.
Do you know a source of these plants and seeds ?

At 6:45am on June 14, 2012, Robyn Guyton said…

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing your photos.  Fast growing semi tropical plants wouldn't survive down here in Southland - it took us 8 years to get to the stage you are at after only 3!

At 7:33pm on April 30, 2012, Pete Russell said…

Thanks Christy.

At 9:27am on April 30, 2012, Pete Russell said…

How about tomorrow just before 1pm to pick up the banana passionfruit?

At 9:55am on October 25, 2011, Pete Russell said…
Cool.  I'll let Katherine know.  Thanks Christy.
At 8:38am on October 24, 2011, Pete Russell said…
Both I think.  Which morning suits you best?  Tuesday or Wednesday?
At 4:05pm on September 19, 2011, steve said…
great thanks christy ill txt first then swing by
At 9:33am on July 26, 2011, Robyn Guyton said…
I have up loaded photos of my food forest -  go to Food Forest NZ and click on my icon.  Robyn
At 7:53pm on June 8, 2011, gabriella said…

came across this wonderful blog site..



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