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Garden watering, Food from my garden
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Permaculture Experience
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Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Swapping Food, Eating Local Food
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
rhubarb, apples, blueberries, citrus, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, peppers, sunflowers, eggplant, onions, garlic, beans, silverbeet, beetroot, mesclun salad greens, strawberries.....and a range of herbs

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Summer Garden

Summer has to be my favourite time of year for the garden.

It seems everything is abundant and lush! Temperatures seem down a bit this year, so everything is cropping a little later when compared to last summer. The bonus is that moisture is holding better in the soil. I've also been stuffing straw mulch around the plants wherever possible which is also helping keep the moisture in.

As usual I have packed as much as possible into the raised beds, so a lot of plants are growing over… Continue

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Spring garden update

Just thought I'd post a progress update with the garden this spring.

This year I have decided to sow all my own seeds rather than buy punnets from the garden centre.

I kept all the plastic punnets last year for re-use.

The second batch of seeds for this season are now sprouted and rapidly growing.

The first lot I had placed in a cold frame made from an old window.

These have now been transplanted into the garden - Tomatoes, coriander, basil, courgettes, squash, onions,… Continue

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 3:26pm

Trees planted and mulched

Apples, feijoas, avocado & plum trees planted last weekend. Straw mulched the ordchard bed after planting. 3 carloads of cardboard from the local supermarket for a base to the straw.

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Posted on October 5, 2009 at 9:00pm

Tree planting and mulching weekend ahead!

Hi Everyone

I've compiled a collection of young trees to plant out this weekend.

From Koanga I got 4 x dwarf apple trees, which I plan to espalier along the fence.

A heap of comfrey cutting also bought for planting under the trees.

From Kaipara Nurseries I got 2 x feijoas, an avocado and another lemon tree.

From my cuttings taken last autumn I have 4 spouting plum trees in pots. I think I'll plant out one of these and keep the rest for grafting peaches onto next year… Continue

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 4:36pm


Hey everyone, thanks for all your lovely feedback on my photos!

Secrets / tricks? Well I wish I knew exactly!

I think the two most influencing factors on my garden are the soil, and timing of planting out.

Im lucky in this garden to have a generous layer of about 300mm of good topsoil on top of the clay. Simply stripping off the lawn layer and digging over the soil with a bit of mulch added has produced good results. Previous gardens I have had I havent been so lucky, and have… Continue

Posted on July 30, 2009 at 9:03am

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At 8:36pm on October 30, 2009, David said…
Hi Paul

Thanks for the positive feedback on our discussion last night. Would be great to have you get involved in the group. Not sure if you have registered on the ttdevonport site yet but here is the link.
At 11:08pm on September 19, 2009, Annabelle said…
Thanks so much for the cabbages and celery. Amazingly looking(and tasting) specimens!! We had some of both for dinner tonight. Shared some of the cabbages with a neighbour. I've been telling her all about ooooby, encouraging her to join, your cabbages might just clinch it I think! I've never seen such beauties! Cheers.
At 9:29am on May 4, 2009, David said…
Hi Paul. I'd be keen to take a couple of cuttings from your plum tree. How can I contact you? Thanks David

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