March 2010 Blog Posts (37)

Nominations are open for the National Volunter Awards!

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Added by Gavin Healy on March 30, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Late March

The broccoli was doing well in the glasshouse until a caterpillar and his family came upon it. The poor plant has nearly been stripped, but I have killed them and a few others from the outside garden. This is the first autumn I have had a garden, so I need to be aware of what to be on the look out for. Obviously neem spray doesn't affect caterpillers.

I think its time to pull the tomato plants out, they really aren't doing much and it will give me some room. I have 3 cauli…


Added by Yvonne Nikolaison on March 27, 2010 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

Bill Clinton Apologizes to Haiti... Too Little, Too Late?

Source: La Vida Locavore…


Added by Pete Russell on March 26, 2010 at 11:24am — No Comments

Earth Hour: 27th March

Added by Julia Watson on March 25, 2010 at 9:43am — No Comments

Another site you may be interested in...

Added by Laine on March 24, 2010 at 4:57pm — 2 Comments

Another Great Kiwi Innovation?

I met Trevor at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market on Sunday and he showed me a demonstration of the new type of gardening technology that he has developed in his own back yard.

It seems to me like a fairly brilliant idea that could mean much higher yields with less…


Added by Pete Russell on March 24, 2010 at 11:37am — 4 Comments

Houston we have a (water) problem

This started as a complaint about my water bill but those of us interested in local food production, food miles, locavore communities etc had better get our heads out of the soil and into the political arena if we want to make a successful transition to these fine qualities.

My water bill which arrived the other day and showed that for three quarters of the year we consume very little water on our property, eking out showers, moderating laundry and using a modern dishwasher that is… Continue

Added by Earl Mardle on March 23, 2010 at 11:28am — 5 Comments

The Berm that got Bombed.

Mission Accomplished!




Added by Pete Russell on March 22, 2010 at 4:50pm — 3 Comments

Backyard Branch-out


Added by Pete Russell on March 22, 2010 at 4:37pm — No Comments

White butterflies/moths and broccoli's

So, its that time of year again. I'm planting broccoli seedlings and the white butterflies are ecstatic with joy. For the past few weeks the butterflies have been laying eggs all over my swedes, but I've not seen any caterpillars. I've had the broccoli seedlings around the back on my seed raising table and they've had a few eggs, but also no sign of caterpillars - Where are all the caterpillars??? So, I've planted my broccoli out in the garden today and, just an hour later, they're already… Continue

Added by Sarah Walsh on March 20, 2010 at 11:50am — 4 Comments

Local Food: Is it good or bad?

Source: Globelife…


Added by Pete Russell on March 18, 2010 at 5:22pm — 4 Comments

Please help me to name my city rooftop food gardening project

I recently won the Dream to Reality competition with my proposal to create rooftop food gardens on city apartment buildings. Since then I've been busy researching, planning and connecting with lots of new, amazing people. When I write to or talk to new people about what I'm doing I find myself describing it…


Added by Emily Harris on March 18, 2010 at 1:41pm — 2 Comments

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

Added by Jo Drysdall on March 18, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments


Berm to be bombed

When: 6:30 pm Saturday 20th March 2010

Where: 101 Richmond Road

Who is down for a little urban guerrilla gardening? It is time to bomb this berm with a lovely veg/herb/flower/small fruit tree patch!

We will be meeting to do some planting in conjunction with Grey Lynn 2030 Transition Towns Event. This is an initiative to make use of the land. It will not only make the neighborhood look more… Continue

Added by Christy Martin on March 17, 2010 at 10:15pm — 5 Comments

Killing Passionfruit Hoppers

If you purchase glow organic Spray 1 part glow 3 parts water and spray early in the morning before the sun heats the hoppers up ( making them very fast flying ) saturate the tree or bush you have the problem with, this should take of the problem. Also collect the eggs laid in rows on old twigs and burn if possible DON'T PUT IN COMPOST they will live.....

Added by Shona Cullen on March 17, 2010 at 9:45am — No Comments

Monarchs and things

Came back from S.I. after 9 days to find teeny caterpillars. Hope they make it. Found my lovely tall corn all over the place with the wind. Oh, dear! The Ellerslie Flower Show only had one "Wow" for me - the English garden. Much better last year, I thought.

Added by Robyn Wolfe on March 16, 2010 at 9:18pm — 1 Comment

Calling all Food Growers

Added by Pete Russell on March 16, 2010 at 8:10pm — No Comments

still no supermarket

Ok - so we're still not going to the supermarket and it's been an interesting journey so far.

I've managed to find so many local providers - including some of the supermarket wholesalers - so avoiding the middle man.

This week the most wonderful find was a capsicum grower - beautiful brigtht red capsicums - then a friend of mine didn't like the olive oil that he had produced so we got it at a lovely price - it's peppery and grassy- just wonderful.

So I'll be preserving…


Added by Derek & Julie Craig on March 16, 2010 at 12:58pm — 5 Comments

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

Added by Jo Drysdall on March 14, 2010 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Honey Harvest

Meet the latest fledgling beekeeper. She helped with the honey harvest. I love that smile on her face - pure happiness. We took off eight frames a couple of days ago, which will leave about eight frames per hive for

the bees over winter, and a couple extra per hive to put into the

freezer in case they run out - that's a tip I picked up from the bee

club meeting…


Added by Christy Ralphs on March 13, 2010 at 9:34pm — 1 Comment

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