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Swapping Food, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Seed Savers
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
south american stuff like chia, yakon, jalapeno peppers, jerusalem artichokes, and choko, manglebeet, radiccio, luffa, gherkins,onions, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, curry leaf, kiwi, avocados, persimmon, feijoas, elderberry, gooseberry, guave, fig, macadamia nuts, cape gooseberries, all on 685 squaremeters in Sandringham, yeah!!

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At 5:49pm on March 13, 2011, Christopher Dempsey said…

Hi Ellen


Yes, my partner Paul is a bee-keeper. He worked for Comvita for a number of years, and firmly gave it up to go into horticulture. He's back into bees now but only in a hobby sense...


I am sorry I didn't get to see your garden - I didn't go on the Heroic Gardens tour this year. Hopefully I will get to see it at some point during the year!

At 8:10am on March 9, 2011, Earl Mardle said…

Hi Ellen.


Got your message attached to the friend request. I am home most of the time still so any time is good with only small reservations.

Drop by for a chamomile tea after work if you like, or maybe call in over the weekend?

At 10:59am on March 8, 2011, Earl Mardle said…

Hi Ellen.

Thanks for the kind words. I've decided to try and curb the spuds a bit. The last lot grew beautifully, flowered and died as prescribed and produced many tubers but very small, about the size of an MP's brain. So I'm wondering if the soil was too rich and soft or the heat of the tyres forced the process too quickly. Anyway I'm pinching out leaders and trying to slow the development to see if I can to give the tubers time to develop.

As for the Austrian pumpkins, like you, we had a total failure to germinate last season and only got 2 away this year, but they do produce well, we have a second crop on one of the vines now, two fruit at about 3KG already.

I'll see if Linda has any seeds left. I think we should save some from the successful plants and try them next year as well, I think they may have been flowering early enough to avoid crossing with the other pumkins higher up the slope or the rock melons next to them.

A cutting from your hop plant would be a very welcome exchange.

We must exchange visits again, there have been huge changes since you were here last and I'll bet your place is a long way down the track as well.

BTW, did you get that olive smoker up and running for this year's crop?

At 11:38am on February 21, 2011, Pete Russell said…

Hi Ellen.  Very happy to promote this event.  The best way is if you could write up a blog about it and I can feature it to the front page.  Also, it might be an idea to add it as an event on Ooooby too.

At 2:33pm on July 2, 2010, André Taber said…
Thanks for being my friend. I look forward to keeping in touch with you about fruit trees (or other edibles).
At 11:14am on July 2, 2010, André Taber said…
Hi, Ellen, I just sent you a friend request but didn't realise it would process without giving me a chance to introduce myself. I'm a friend (in real life as well as on Ooooby) of Lisa's. I'm working with the NZ Food Writers Guild to put together a session on saving old apple varieties and it looks from your comments that you know quite a bit about fruit trees. I'll definitely come to the TCA meeting sometime. Cheers, André
At 1:03pm on May 26, 2010, Laura King said…
Hi Ellen,

I see you are also gardening in Sandringham. Would be keen on swapping or buying some produce with/from you. Take a look at my page and see if I have anything you would like.


At 9:34pm on May 24, 2009, Shona Cullen said…
Robbie Deighton's Page he's an expert!!!
At 9:34pm on May 24, 2009, Shona Cullen said…
Hi Ellen, If you look just under your picture there is photos, just click that and follow the files you have right finger click to preview photos if you are no sure that it the one you want double left click if it is the one you want then sift them in to a folder to veiw!!! I hope I have explain this in some understandable way. if this don't work contact....
At 6:48pm on May 19, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Try going here http://ooooby.ning.com/photo/photo/new

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