April 2009 Blog Posts (105)

Pollan Makes the Rounds

By Dan Mitchell

Michael Pollan—journalist, author, and science-journalism professor—has been elevated to a leadership position in the movement to transform the food system. But, as he will tell you, he doesn't really belong there.

Pollan makes no pretense of "objectivity," but he does consider himself a journalist (since he is one) first. In… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 30, 2009 at 10:04pm — No Comments

You can dig it: An easy recipe for growing a starter garden

by Sheryl Cornett

Victory gardens sprouted up everywhere in the U.K. and the U.S. during and after World War II. These were not only a form of individual resourcefulness, but a necessity. If a family didn't grow fresh food, they weren't likely to get much.

We may not be so far from those dire straights nowadays. Anyone who… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 30, 2009 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Down with raised beds

From Gene Logsdon

Garden Farm Skills

The only raised bed I’ve ever found useful in sixty years of gardening is the one in my bedroom. And after I quit double-digging, I didn’t have to spend as much time there either. Or if I did, it was for reasons other than resting.

I must be wrong, but I don’t understand the modern enchantment with raised beds. Yes, if you are a market… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 30, 2009 at 6:39pm — 3 Comments

Spring 2009: Food for Everyone

Photo by Nicholas Paget-Clarke

Food Rebellions: 7 Steps to Solving the Food Crisis

by Eric Holt-Gimenez

The World Food Program describes the current global food crisis as a silent tsunami, with billions of people going hungry. Hunger is, indeed, coming in waves, but not everyone will drown in famine. The recurrent food crises are making a handful of corporations very rich—even as they put the rest of the planet at… Continue

Added by James Samuel on April 30, 2009 at 3:34pm — No Comments


The Mrs challenged me to build a chicken coop last night. She should have known better than to say something like that. :D

Added by Sonya on April 30, 2009 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Renewed Interest in Food Gardening books

Chelsea Green News, Garden & Agriculture

Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Times are tough, but [Americans] are showing a willingness to get tougher as well. The economic crisis seems to be forcing us into a sort of wartime mentality of sacrifice and contribution not seen since World War II. Mostly out of plain old… Continue

Added by James Samuel on April 29, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

ooooby is now on finda.co.nz

Have just set up finda listing for the Otahuhu area. If anyone would like me to help them do the same for their area just tell me. The more people we can info that we are out here the better...

And it's a free listing too...

Added by Debbie Everson on April 29, 2009 at 5:22pm — 2 Comments

Lovely compost

There's something very exciting about turning your compost and noticing that it's _steaming_! I must be doing something right. Those bags and bags of leaves I've collected from work seem to be doing good things for the pile, and they've certainly provided some lovely looking mulch for my veggies.

I've done a bit of a garden rationalisaton and pulled out anything that wasn't doing well anymore (am a bit of a slash and burn gardener, since we're short on space for the moment), so now… Continue

Added by Sonya on April 29, 2009 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

A Renter's Garden Diary

Well there's no shortage of reasons why growing some of your own food might be looking more and more like a good idea! This site alone has a steady stream of them. There are dozens of examples and stories of courageous, energetic people out there doing it,… Continue

Added by James Samuel on April 29, 2009 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Urban gardener: The plot thickens

By Cleve West

So I'm lying there, right, and my osteopath says to me, "What's the best way of clearing a new allotment ... you know, one that has been neglected for several years with waist-high grass and weeds?" It turns out that the so-called "new" allotment was actually acquired a year… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 29, 2009 at 7:35am — No Comments

Is Ooooby for-profit or not-for-profit?

Well, both actually. Ooooby.org is a not-for-profit and Ooooby.com is a for profit.

Ooooby.org holds all domain rights and Ooooby.com pays 20% of net profits to Ooooby.org.

This social network is in the domain of Ooooby.org.

Things like local Ooooby Magazines and Ooooby Stores are part of… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 29, 2009 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

What do I do with these Choko now?

Another week gone by, we are starting to get regular rain fall now and that has made the garden take off.

Attached are new photo of some Choko I kept to sprout - question --- now that it is sprouted what is the best thing to do? do I pot it and keep it indoors untill spring or just plant it out and let it recover after the winter?…


Added by Daniel Martin on April 28, 2009 at 10:05pm — 2 Comments

Gutter Gardens Grow Produce Without Taking Up Space

On lifehacker.com

If you'd love to do a little at-home gardening but don't have much space to do your planting, a simple gutter garden might be the perfect option.

Alaskan news site Juneau Empire features a… Continue

Added by James Samuel on April 28, 2009 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

No gardener left behind

By CHRIS GAROFOLO, Reformer Staff

BRATTLEBORO -- Taking a page from the victory gardens in every neighborhood during World War II, Post Oil Solutions kicked off its "No Gardener Left Behind" campaign in an all-day event Saturday.

The event featured local demonstrations with helpful hints for gardeners, from composting with worms to food preservation.

Held at the Robert H.… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 28, 2009 at 9:15am — No Comments

Fear and loathing at 30,000 feet

In about 90 minutes I have to get on a plane and fly to Auckland. Again. Already I am trepid; stricken by my irrational fear of flying.

I was fine with flying. Once.

Until the incident – a wind shear thing (people call them air pockets I think) back in ‘87. We’d just had the sharemarket crash, and this looked like it’d be the next big crash for the year. I was most definitely about to die. On descent into Christchurch from Brisbane in a Jumbo, we dropped straight out of the sky.… Continue

Added by Porangi Hoiho on April 28, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Converting to Square Foot Gardening

Looks like I will be feeding the whole neighbourhood, at the rate that the plants are going in the the ground at the moment.

Planted out - fancy lettuce (I love the stuff), spinach, spring onions,radicchio, swede, cabbages this adds to the 2 other sorts of cabbage, bok choi, red onions, carrots, cauliflower, silverbeet, peas, marigolds, nasturtium and of course lettuce that I planted last week (told you I loved the stuff).

That's the problem when you convert over to the… Continue

Added by Debbie Everson on April 27, 2009 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Back in the day

Hide and seek in the park. The corner dairy, hopscotch, four square, go carts, cricket in front of the garbage bin and inviting everyone on your street to join in, skipping, hulahoops, handstands, bullrush, barbadoor, catch and kiss, footy on the best lawn in the street, slip'n'slides, the trampoline with water on it (or a sprinkler under it), jumping in puddles with gumboots on, mud pies and building dams in the gutter. The smells of 2 stroke and the sun leaching freshly cut grass. Flagons. A… Continue

Added by Porangi Hoiho on April 27, 2009 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Contain yourself by growing your own produce

Considering growing your own produce? You'll be amazed how much a limited space will yield


While we didn't need a presidential seal of approval to enlighten us to the benefits of growing our own vegetables, it's definitely a sign of the times.

Whether it's the rise in people wanting… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 27, 2009 at 10:54am — No Comments

Why we forgot how to grow food

Picture from Treehugger

As a food shortage looms, people are digging for Britain — and their dinner table.

John-Paul Flintoff gets back to our roots Source:… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on April 27, 2009 at 10:15am — No Comments

26th April Photo Update

Wet and rainy day in Auckland to today but wanted to record growth.

Added by Rob Eller on April 26, 2009 at 8:26pm — No Comments

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