Jo Drysdall
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  • Christchurch
  • New Zealand

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  • Jules Jules
  • Hester
  • Carlin Archer
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I can offer
Gardening advice
Food Growing Skill Level
Experience and Qualifications
Lots of years in the garden
I am interested in...
Buying Local Food, Selling Local Grown Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Seed Savers, Swapping Food
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
Oka (New Zealand yams), gherkins, rhubarb, feijoas, cranberries, currants, urenika (New Zealand purple potatoes), grapes, sunflowers, kumi kumi, trombone zucchini, luffa, Cape gooseberries, tomatillos

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Joel Salatin on Saturday Morning with Kim Hill

One of my heroes is a self-described Christian conservative libertarian environmentalist lunatic farmer. Go figure. Meet Joel Salatin, who gives me hope for a future of farming that feeds the world, has high animal welfare values and actually builds up the land it is run on. It's a long interview but well worth taking the time to listen to.…

Posted on November 21, 2010 at 8:18pm

Truck Farm!

I love this: brilliant, imaginative, inspiring - and

Meet Truck Farm. (Click on "Film" link at bottom of page.)

Posted on June 3, 2010 at 10:27am — 1 Comment

Hi, my name is Jo and I have a tomato problem... or did.

I do believe I've finally solved the tomato sauce problem. Not that I think I've ever mentioned I had a tomato sauce problem but, you know, people tend to be secretive about these things.

In the past whenever I've made tomato sauces, purées or concentrates to bottle or freeze they always end up with a bitter after-taste. Sometimes it's strong, sometimes it's barely noticeable, but it's always there. Last

night I finally managed to make one that was sweet and flavourful, without… Continue

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 11:30am

After Summer, the Fall

The garden is becoming wild, with yellows, greys and browns emerging

from amongst the green that was once so dense. The sparser cover serves

to help ripen the pumpkins before frosts set in.

My remaining first plantings of carrots are becoming more and more riddled with the

little brown tunnels of carrot-fly larvae. My parsnips, planted a little

earlier, are developing rust spots.

I'm not worried, though. They've been in the ground a long time - if I'd had… Continue

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 6:36pm

Cabbages and kings

I’ve been trying to work on having food available for beneficial

insects this season. I usually have a good patch of borage, but this

year I’ve been firmly stepping on my tidy-freak instincts and leaving

things like old celery and fennel to go to seed, as their umbrella-type

flowers are the perfect landing pads for parasitic wasps. It may be my

imagination, but I think I’ve had less of a problem with the aphids

they feed on this summer. I only had one real case of… Continue

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 4:08pm — 1 Comment

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At 10:25am on December 31, 2010, Dave Evans said…

Bad timing! We also meet on Tuesday mornings at 9.30am to discuss garden management and planning. Next time on the 11th. The event on the 23rd is at 1.30pm.

I'd like to be adding to the currently  ongoing discussion about an oooby swap, but I'm at work at the moment and have limited time for more important things!

At 8:31am on December 31, 2010, Dave Evans said…
Hi Jo That's great! All help would be gratefully accepted at Seven Oaks. Our next working bee is at 10am on the 16th and then there is an Organic Garden City Trust windup/handover to the local branch of the Soil and Health Assoc on the 23rd. If you think you can make it to either of these then let me know and I'll get more details to you. Cheers Dave.
At 9:29pm on February 22, 2009, Liz said…
Hiya Jo Finally got around to joining your email has been sitting in my inbox along with a heap of others that I had not got around to answering. Finally got my A into G tonight and dealt with them all. We need to sort a weekend for tree chopping I am getting huge withdrawal not having a proper vege patch I want to have them finished by the end of autum for spring planting.
Catch up soon look at your calender and see what dates suit you for the chop chop. cheers puss
At 8:39pm on February 12, 2009, Richard said…
Hi Jo,

Thats a whopper of a rabbit! Flemish Giant or a different breed? This may be an uncomfortable question for you but do you breed at all for the table?

At my local butcher tiny little wild harvested rabbit go for about $35 each, which makes rabbit more expensive than prime beef! We grow rabbit in our permaculture garden as a means of lawn mowing, fertliser and food but i would love to develop a commercial small farming system on our 5 acre plot. I have designed a fencing system that I hope will mean we can do free range.
I don't like cages.

Sincerest apologies if you are a vegetarian but I wiould love to find out more about that whopper.

Richard Lee
At 10:35pm on February 11, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Thanks for setting up the Christchurch group Jo. A+ on following instructions. I have added it to the list.

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