January 2010 Blog Posts (33)

Rise Up

Image is a mash-up of Banksy and Andy Warhol. I hope they don't mind.

What do you think we need to be doing to reclaim our food sovereignty?

Added by Pete Russell on January 31, 2010 at 1:40pm — 8 Comments

Hair Harvest

Hair harvest!

we have saved our hair from the hairbrushes for about 10 years, all the family have long hair so there has been a lot accumulated! At first I thought it was a bit icky but when you think of it we use animal fibre, wool, possum fur, mohair, angora, alpaca, even camel hair etc etc so why not our own. It was a bit musty after being in the cupboard, but a wash with woolwash soap and scented with lavender oil and dried in the sun it comes up nice and fresh and I have stuffed… Continue

Added by Kali on January 29, 2010 at 12:17am — 2 Comments

New kid(z) on the block

Hi there, we're new around here but always happy to make friends locally or internationally. See the snow in the background of my profile photo? It was taken last year in the snow fall in North Carolina, USA. Hi everyone over there. Those beautiful mountains around Asheville, and Asheville itself was a wonderful alternative city.

But here we are in Auckland and have been looking for local produce or even a CSA farm that we could have shares in and help out at. Does anyone know of one in or… Continue

Added by yophi ruth mason on January 25, 2010 at 4:50pm — 5 Comments

Packing and Gardening

Packing and gardening do not go together at all. Weeds are piling up and I swear I sprayed weeds 3 weeks ago and they have all flourished, so we are looking very untidy. The move is not going well which is stressing us out. Packing what packing.

On the garden front it is going great guns though I feel guilty as I haven't really done anything in the vegetable garden for weeks now apart from watering. The sweetcorn is ready now so it will be sweetcorn for dinner tonight. I saw a baby… Continue

Added by Yvonne Nikolaison on January 25, 2010 at 8:39am — 1 Comment

Pesto recipe idea inspiration

* 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

* 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese

* 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

* 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts

* 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced

* Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

* Special equipment needed: A food processor (Check Amazon.com's sales on Cuisinart food processors)


1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If… Continue

Added by Daniel Andrews on January 24, 2010 at 10:07pm — 5 Comments

Study of insect biodiversity in Dunedin home gardens


Article extract:

Mr van der Zanden has been employed as a summer research intern to assist three university staff members who are carrying out a detailed survey of the contents of 54 suburban Dunedin gardens.

He has already… Continue

Added by Mark Fowler on January 24, 2010 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Tomatoes plants "floopy"


I am desperate for advice. I have a number of tomatoes plants which I grow on my deck. Most of them grow well, this year I am experimenting with yellow, green, black and red tomatoes. It is great fun.

This afternoon I got shock of my life because one of my nicest and biggest tomato plant (Moneymaker) suddenly went floppy. Usually it means that needs more water but definitely it wasn't a case. I noticed that even some water was "standing" in a pot. I removed a saucer,… Continue

Added by Ewa Glowacka on January 20, 2010 at 9:55pm — 3 Comments

Small garden goodness

The weather has been so hot and muggy here the last few days, but it’s so nice to be outside in the garden come evening time when it cools down a bit.

After a weekend away it was awesome to come back to my garden and see all the new growth. I’m told it rained quite a bit here on the weekend which is great, as it really is so dry up here, especially with the wind. Naturally my garden flourished in the wet weather, and it was cool to see that my scaloppini’s have turned giant! Roasted them… Continue

Added by Bridge Scully on January 20, 2010 at 5:37pm — No Comments

More Growers Needed for Ooooby Market Stall

Could you supply the Ooooby Stall some homegrown fruit, veg, eggs or seedlings?

Owing to the stall's success we are urgently looking for more regular suppliers for the Ooooby Stall at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market.

Those who think they may be able to supply any fruit, veg, eggs or seedlings please contact Christy on 0211 208 083…

Added by Pete Russell on January 20, 2010 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Community Garden

Source: Wikipedia

A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people.


Community gardens provide access to fresh produce and plants as well as access to satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment.[2] They are publicly functioning in terms of… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on January 19, 2010 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Organic Weed Control Methods

First, you have to be educated that weeds do bud from cultivated places. Therefore, if you locate your garden to such areas, the possibility of your garden battling with weeds to win the nutrients is very big. It can be prevented though and this is what you are about to learn.

Organic weed killers are just in your home; you just don’t notice them. One of which is the use of mulch. You have to… Continue

Added by Camille Lozano on January 18, 2010 at 8:10am — 1 Comment

Growing ginger

So, I finally potted up the piece of ginger that sprouted in my fruit bowl. I found info for growing ginger in NZ here: http://www.tropicalpermaculture.com/growing-ginger.html

After reading this I decided to grow my ginger in a pot. Its on the patio under some of that plastic roofing stuff (having a mummy brain moment...), so it has filtered light and is protected from frost and wind. Its also by the back door where I… Continue

Added by Sarah Walsh on January 16, 2010 at 11:53am — 4 Comments

A challenge for 2010

Welcome to a new year.

Feels to me like it will be a good year for lots of people.

More of us getting our hands in the dirt and eating fresh local food.

May I give you a challenge for 2010?

Get to know the people in your own street.

If you count 10 houses to your left and right on both sides of the road. How many of those 40 homes do you know the occupants on a first name… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on January 14, 2010 at 9:49pm — 5 Comments

URGENT! Permaculture Relief Corps need for Haiti Earthquake Response

The Remarkable History (and Possible Future) Of Permaculture Disaster Relief

Devastation in Port Au Prince photo: Carel Pedre via twitter


See a richer version of this article at www.punkrockpermaculture.com

Yesterday the island of Hispanola was hit with a devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake near Port-Au-Prince the capital of Haiti . Many multiple… Continue

Added by Gaia Punk on January 14, 2010 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Permablitz: Near Instant Permaculture for the ‘Burbs

Source: Treehugger

Permaculture is a tricky thing to define. (See our attempts here.) Kinda like trying to describe a forest. All that interdependency is just too complex to squeeze into a sound bite. But that doesn’t stop Permablitz from trying:

“As an integrated design science, however, food is just one part of the permaculture… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on January 14, 2010 at 8:33am — 1 Comment

Grey Lynn Farmers' Market- Midsummer Market

Hi All,

Happy Ooooby Year! The first market of 2010 will be this Sunday from 9am to 1pm at the Grey Lynn Community Centre.

Please bring your homegrown items between 8am to 9am at the market or contact me to drop off at an earlier date.

Hope all of your gardens have done really well over the holidays! Look forward to seeing you all.

Added by Christy Martin on January 13, 2010 at 10:20am — No Comments

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

Added by Paul on January 12, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

How to Run a Plum Drive

Added by Pete Russell on January 12, 2010 at 5:24pm — No Comments


This morning took five plastic shopping bags to the Sallies full of lettuce, pak choi, kale and silver beet.

It now gives me room to plant those purple carrots - and other varieties I will fertilize with Bioboost slowrelease pellets (organic from Farmlands), water thoroughly and place wet newspaper, two sheets thick over the area and tip a bag or two of compost over the top. I find that using the bagged compsot prevents any weeds at all. It's a curse to weed carrots and pull half of them… Continue

Added by Robyn Wolfe on January 11, 2010 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Rain is coming - hurray!

What with the buckets, the pots and the bags it's a mission to keep everything moist. The bucket tomatoes have been stressed and are showing signs of blight. I am spraying with copper and Nature's Curator. The ones the right way up in buckets and bags are doing great. Have pulled all the garlic now and planted in its place the last crop of sweet corn which has been growing in toilet rolls and some Labrador bush beans.... wonder what they're like?

Have found a new source of seeds called… Continue

Added by Robyn Wolfe on January 10, 2010 at 9:18am — 3 Comments

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