May 2009 Blog Posts (89)

National hui (meeting) for permaculture in New Zealand, Queens Birthday weekend 2009

Meeting for anyone interested in permaculture.

Where? in Te Teko- Bay of Plenty

When? Sat 30, Sun 31 May and Mon 1 June

What? getting together with other people involved in permaculture and sharing knowledge, news and skills

Who? all who are interested and available to come. Guests are David Holmgren (co-founder of permaculture design and Hakai Tane - who brought permaculture to New Zealand 31 years ago.

How? go… Continue

Added by Jo Pearsall on May 30, 2009 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment


Dug up the second plant of yakon - 4.5kg! It also produced five more pieces to plant again.

Added by Robyn Wolfe on May 29, 2009 at 4:26pm — No Comments

London Yields: Urban Agriculture

[Image: The King's Vineyard, London, by Soonil Kim, one of many projects featured in London Yields: Urban Agriculture].

By bldgblog

One of the many benefits of being in London this week is that I get to stop by the Building Centre, one of my favorite urban galleries and architectural exhibition spaces, to check out their new show London Yields: Urban… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 29, 2009 at 3:26pm — No Comments

garlic cloves

I live in cold wet Hamilton.Is too too late to plant garlic cloves?

Added by Rana on May 28, 2009 at 8:47pm — 2 Comments

A lovely plot

By Shelley Bridgeman

Growing your own food at home is one of the most talked about garden trends of the moment. Even before the recession made us especially sensitive about the price of produce, concerns about food miles and pesticides had inspired many of us to dig a veggie patch in our backyard. But spare a thought for people, those living in high-rise… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 28, 2009 at 12:31am — No Comments

And more planting

I had thrown a big blanket of leaves and grass clippings on part of the vege garden. Today I burrowed holes in it and planted cabbage, kale and giant chicory. Almost the last of the seedlings....just some radicchio and lots of pak choi to go before I pack up for a big holiday overseas in July. One of the places I'm really looking forward to is The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Haligen both within a short distance of each other. If anybody knows what to look for there, I'd be really… Continue

Added by Robyn Wolfe on May 27, 2009 at 10:28pm — 1 Comment

Napier Mail Ooooby Article-how to get Ooooby in your local paper

Here is the article published in the Napier Mail this week.

If you are passionate about Oooby get in touch with the appropriate reporter at your local paper and share your enthusiasm.

There is usually a list of reporters contact emails on the paper's website.

Community or garden reporters may be good to target.

Tell them a bit about Ooooby and how its taken off worldwide.

(If you'd like a sample email contact me and I'm… Continue

Added by Hester on May 27, 2009 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Home Hydroponics

Hi All

New to the idea of growing food at home, but keen and interested.

Working out the details for my garden based upon outdoor hydroponics.

Thinking recycled plastic containers filled with sand / local rock.

Pump solution with bike pump, once a day.

Generally cheap and easy.

Weeding hopefully non existant, low care, suits my level of laziness and desire to enjoy other parts of life whilst garden grows.

Thanks for… Continue

Added by Zak Williams on May 27, 2009 at 5:28pm — 1 Comment

An Easy Locavore First Step

By campergal

Eating locally-grown food is the new trend. But it’s more than a trend: it saves on gas (less transport to get the food to you), it helps the local economy, and it usually means fresher food for you. Definitely cool, as we can make a difference globally, locally, and for our own health. In addition, it helps us build community.

Eating the… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 26, 2009 at 8:46pm — No Comments

More planting

Today I planted some holly hocks and Erysimum (yes, it's new to me! Has a nice smell apparently). Don't know whether they will weather the storms. In the last few days have planted mizuna, red cabbage, broccolini and Bright Lights silver beet. The netting over the garlic planting has stopped the birds digging and the green shoots are coming
through. Harvested a bucket full of tomatillos - just as many have rotted in the wet. Will freeze them as is.

Added by Robyn Wolfe on May 26, 2009 at 4:42pm — 1 Comment

Cricket's in the garden

Test cricket can be a long five days, and can often end in a draw or washed out by a couple of days’ rain, but I love it. For within those five days, a few extraordinary things will happen; they just do. That is why I can watch for hours, knowing that sooner or later, I will witness something special.

Over the years, test cricket has provided many great stories. Many are, obviously, based on prowess but others go beyond this – not just the hilarious moments, but the sad or emotional… Continue

Added by Porangi Hoiho on May 26, 2009 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Recycling old bathtubs kind of weekend

Sonya of Permaculture Pathways offers another fabulous description of time in the permaculture lifestyle. Read more...

Added by Pete Russell on May 25, 2009 at 8:07pm — No Comments

25th May

I made leek and potato soup the other day with leeks from the garden. The biggest leek is in the photo above. This is the biggest leek I've ever grown, and its definitely been in the ground a long time. So long that I can't even remember when I planted it.

The other broccoli plants aren't looking as nice as the first one we ate. The green caterpillars lasted a lot longer this year (I have a note in my diary last year saying the caterpillars… Continue

Added by Sarah Walsh on May 25, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Campbells Soup getting behind backyard food growing

This is the sort of responses we can expect to see from smart global food brands. It seems to me that Campbells understand that wholesome homegrown values are reemerging and that the future of their company depends on working with these values.

What are your thoughts on corporate sponsorship of backyard food… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 25, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Share your veggie-growing wisdom--Plus: A tomato worm prevention tip

Author: Colleen Smith

When I mention to people that I have this gig as Denver Flower and Garden Examiner, lots of people hear the word “garden” and assume I mean vegetable garden. On the sunny patio of my secret garden, I’ve grown some vegetables in containers, but… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 25, 2009 at 4:21pm — 1 Comment

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

By The Good Cook

I recently took a class called "Living as a Locavore". And what you ask is a Locavore?

A Locavore is any person committed to eating, and learning about food grown and produced in their local community. Local is generally considered to be anything grown or produced with products from within a 100 mile radius of "home." The… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 25, 2009 at 11:49am — No Comments

Light Relief - Gardening pun...

Last night over dinner I was bemoaning the fact that seeds planted out over a week ago are still not showing, despite being in a lovely sheltered sunny spot. To which my partner replied;

"Ah, those must be the Allied seeds".

"Pardon?" ".....No German Nation".

I blame the WWII history book he started reading at ANZAC day.

Added by Kylie on May 25, 2009 at 10:24am — No Comments

Growing update

So it's been 6 weeks or so (seems a lot longer!) since I built my raised beds and started growing various things. The weather has been very mixed and we had a week of very cold and wet weather which resulted in a few casualties - outdoor cucumber plant, courgette that I'd grown from seed and a mange tout plant - so a few lessons learnt. Anyway things have warmed up a wee bit and things are starting to really get growing outside.

My raised beds are positioned at the top end of the… Continue

Added by Neil Lovelock on May 25, 2009 at 7:47am — No Comments

Community Cook-Ups: A Primer

Below is a blog i posted already on, You are all familiar with the idea of a poluck, this blog is meant to stimulate thoughts about these type of events.

Hey people, to give you an idea what a community cook up might look like I have pasted an invite I used to send out to people for one friends and I organized. I have bolded it so as not to confuse it with the main text. This is not an invite to an event but merely a primer to get you… Continue

Added by Robert Price on May 25, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Wet Weather Gardening Part 2

What to do on a cold wet day.

There's always THE INTERNET

Lots of gardening information and fellow gardeners online.

First and foremost there's Oooby.

Great blog posts to read, other growers to meet and chat with, and plenty of inspiring garden pics to view.

I learn lots by reading the Questions and Answers.

I might be able to help someone by sharing something I've learnt.

Some of my other favourite gardening websites are:…


Added by Hester on May 24, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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