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I can offer
Gardening & yard labour, Gardening advice, Food from my garden
Food Growing Skill Level
I am interested in...
Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Seed Savers, Swapping Food, Eating Local Food
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
boysenberries, apples, crab apples, mint, garlic, chives, sage, rosemary, thyme, rhubarb, comfrey, strawberries, potatoes, broad beans, leeks

Octopusgrrl's Blog

Mojo Risin'

Well, there have been a few stressful changes going on in our lives recently: I've started fulltime work (plus continuing to work parttime on Saturdays), my son's started fulltime care, then my husband was made redundant and is currently looking for a new job :/ Plus the usual winter colds, tiredness and other interruptions, so the garden got put on the backburner a bit. But now we're getting some lovely sunny days here in Dunedin and I'm starting to get a bit more energy back - must be Spring… Continue

Posted on September 21, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Another trench down

Managed to get another trench done yesterday before a certain little person got bored and wanted to go inside! Was hoping to do more today but the weather's packing in and I'm developing a cold, joy :/ We'll get there, eventually. In the meantime Robbie wanted to see a photo of what the garden looks like - here's one from the real estate agent just before we bought the place, so about 3months ago? So you can double the size of the weeds ;) Now I think of it, I should have taken some proper… Continue

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 10:28am — 4 Comments

Garlic's in!

I've still got more trenches to dig, but I decided to plant two rows of garlic in the bit I've already done, then I can leave them to grow through spring and summer and use the rest of the plot for things like potatoes and onions. I used the neat little "Mole" dibber my BFF Sonya gave me for my birthday and planted the cloves about 10cm down, which is what they recommended in NZ Gardener for South Is conditions. I hope I get a better harvest this year, last year's was atrocious - I don't think… Continue

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 9:18pm — 4 Comments

First Day! (sort-of)

So we moved here nearly two months ago and only now I'm getting stuck into my veggie patch! It's been a combination of bad weather, lack of time and sickness that's delayed me getting outside, but I was also a bit daunted by the amount of work involved. The backyard is divided into four large (1.5 x 3m) plots and completely enshrouded in weeds - the avid gardener who lived here previously I suspect had been sick for some time before moving to a rest home, so everything was pretty neglected. I… Continue

Posted on June 21, 2009 at 9:23pm — 2 Comments

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At 9:38am on August 15, 2009, Hester said…
I'm having thoughts of cleaning up my glasshouse. Yours look very exciting-full of possibilities. Do they need much cleaning up?
At 7:21pm on June 25, 2009, Sonya said…
I am soooooo jealous of your big garden and greenhouse!
At 12:24am on June 24, 2009, Mary Lockerbie said…
Ha! Made it!
At 9:45pm on June 23, 2009, octopusgrrl said…
Thanks Hester :) It's a bit daunting to suddenly have so much land to work after a tiny 2m x 1m plot!
At 5:02pm on June 23, 2009, Hester said…
Hi.Loved reading your blog. How excitng to have a new garden.It reminded me of when i moved here about 8 years ago.I found those little purple 'tatoes in the garden here too and I'm still finding them!
At 2:41pm on February 17, 2009, Sonya said…
I want a wheel barrow! You can get new fancy plastic ones but I want one of those old fashioned dad barrows.
At 6:39am on January 24, 2009, Pete Russell said…
Hello Octopusgrrl. Welcome. Great to have you here. Thanks for joining. If you know anyone else in Dunedin who is into food growing feel free to invite them to join. The more food growers connecting in your local area the better.

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