Nikki Dillon
  • 53, Female
  • Waikato
  • New Zealand
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Swapping Food, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Seed Savers
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Avocados, blackberries, loganberries, persimmons

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Timing is everything...

We go away for 10 days in January, so I try hard to arrange things in the garden so that there is not too much of a glut around this time. Mixed results at the moment - the climbing beans are climbing fast but no flowers yet, so that's good; the tomatoes have a few just starting to ripen but not many, good; cucumber growing but only flowers at present, good; celery regenerating as we pick it; BUT, the courgette is going nuts as are the lettuces. Parsley and spinach are going to seed. I'm… Continue

Posted on December 29, 2009 at 4:09pm

Early Spring?

Spent the day in the garden again. It was freeezing at 9am, but so warm by lunchtime I was out in a T-shirt. The veggie patch is looking great! Of the four raised beds, 3 have been topped up with compost etc either in autumn or over the winter, but the 4th has never been topped up and has got really low. I moved the young cauliflower and broccoli plants out of it into the spaces left by the ones we've harvested. There are still leeks and last year's spinach left in the bed, but we're slowly… Continue

Posted on August 7, 2009 at 7:27pm

Too busy to do much this week!

Saturday was too wet to go out, and today I was busy, but managed 15 minutes in the garden. I managed to complete a job I should have done months ago - tying up last seasons new raspberry, loganberry and boysenberry stems. I had cut back the old stems after fruiting last year, but somehow never got round to the new stems as they came up, so they were lying all over the kids' play area at great risk of being used as whips, lasoos, reins, goodness knows what else. Anyway, now they are neatly tied… Continue

Posted on August 2, 2009 at 5:43pm

Wet weekend

Typical! It's been warm and sunny here in Cambridge all week whilst I've been at work, but now the weekend is coming up the forecast is for rain.

Those lettuce, radish and pak choi seeds I put in the garden last week are already germinating!

No more caulis for a week or two, but the broccoli is still going strong. The leeks are still rather skinny, but a few could be harvested next week. Carrots have been great but won't keep us going for many more weeks - must remember to… Continue

Posted on July 31, 2009 at 7:57pm

Sunny winter weekend

Wow what a lovely weekend! Back in England we would close our back door in October and pretty much leave it shut until March, but here we were this weekend eating our lunch outside, sowing seeds and generally messing around in the garden. The caulis, broccoli, spinach, carrots and lettuce are being harvested now, and I'm wishing I had staggered the planting a bit, as they'll all be gone in a few weeks. This weekend I planted some rocket seedlings, and sowed more seeds for carrots, spring… Continue

Posted on July 27, 2009 at 7:54pm

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At 8:31am on September 3, 2009, Keri said…
Hi Nikki, a partial success then! And if the stuff tastes absolutely awful, the chooks can have the lot. My garden is full of weeds and a few veges that have gone to seed (cabbages that never formed heads etc). I think I need to improve my soil :-) However, I have noticed a difference in the places where I've used the worm juice. This stuff is great. Cheers, Keri
At 7:55am on August 7, 2009, Hester said…
Hi Nikki,
I'm still an avocado growing novice but I have a friend who has had an avocado orchard, different varieties, for many years. She's my avocado guru-I'll ask her and let you know.
At 10:06am on August 3, 2009, Keri said…
That's awesome - thanks Nikki :-) I've been meaning to set up a worm bin but I'm waiting for my sister to get rid of hers. (It's sitting unused and I'm itching to get my hands on it.) Sorry I missed you on the weekend - we might catch up another time. Thanks again for the worm juice - I will apply it to my many ailing plants! Cheers, Keri
At 8:47am on July 31, 2009, Keri said…
Yes - do let me know what the wheatgrass drink tastes like! It's supposed to be really good for you, but I can't bring myself to try one. Keri :-)
At 3:11pm on July 30, 2009, Keri said…
Hi again Nikki - I've just realised that I might not be around on Saturday as my son and daughter need to be in two different places! I will leave the wheat on the back door step for you. (You can check out my weedy garden on the way!) The numbers are a bit funny in my street, so turn into Rosehill, drive up the little hill to the Give Way sign and you will see opposite you a white house with a red roof and garage - that's our house. Cheers, Keri
At 9:06am on July 30, 2009, Keri said…
That will be fine. We'll see you then. No need for anything in exchange but thanks for the offer. I have - finally - got a few things in the garden ready to eat! Cheers, Keri
At 10:17am on July 29, 2009, Keri said…
Hi Nikki
Yes I still have the wheat seeds and yes, it was for a science fair experiment! I have a couple of bags if you want both of them. I was going to grow wheatgrass but changed my mind. We are in Nawton - 36 Rosehill Place - if you are on Avalon Drive, turn into Grandview Road then right into Bartholomew Drive, and left into Rosehill Place. Cheers, Keri
At 5:11pm on July 3, 2009, Robyn Wolfe said…
Those beds look solid! The warmth soaked up by the bricks must be a bonus. If I have something to share I will let you know. Putaruru is only 15 minutes away, more or less.
At 2:57pm on July 2, 2009, Robyn Wolfe said…
How nice to meet you! Maybe we will meet you one day!
At 9:34pm on June 21, 2009, Andrew Newman said…
Hey Nikki, thanks for your email. We still have lots of leeks and are looking forward to the big old orange tree coming on stream. We have finished the chook house so you will have to come over and give your verdict. Regards Andy


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