June 2009 Blog Posts (78)

How I got here

I thought I would share with you how I came to find ooooby.

I have posted my recent gardening experiences on my own blog so rather than do it all again, here are the links, in the order they should be read, rather than last first, if you follow me.




That blog is supposed to be… Continue

Added by Tracy McNicoll on June 30, 2009 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Garden Food Donations for Wellington Matariki Event

Kia ora koutou,

This message is especially for OOOBYISTS from Wellington.

We are hosting a special Matariki event at the Wellington Soup Kitchen to feed 150 people.

I am putting out a request for donated kai such as potatoes, kumara, pumpkins as well as any old warm clothes, blankets, scarves, gloves you want to give away.

All supporters will recieve a report and photos' from the event.

We want to take Matarik to the Homeless and… Continue

Added by Kaye-Maree Dunn on June 30, 2009 at 5:20pm — No Comments


My eyes have been fully opened!

Well the age of evolution is upon us. NO longer is it whether the food is organic or not it is if the food contains the nutrients.

ARE YOU interested in NUTRIENT DENSE food? If so comment on this blog

Added by Claire Mummery on June 29, 2009 at 8:34pm — 3 Comments


I've been excitedly watching my garlic come up, and may sort of be going out to check the patch most mornings... I've got a total of 9 garlic sprouts so far! That's not actually all that many - I probably planted about 50. :D

Not much going on in the garden at the moment, otherwise... My few winter crops are slowly doing their thing. I'm waiting for cabbages (red and standard), bok choi, snow peas, lettuces, and spinach to be ready. We've been steadily using the celery, silverbeet,… Continue

Added by Sonya on June 29, 2009 at 8:28pm — 1 Comment

Oh The Fragrance

This is a single flower mock orange. The plant itself is about 50 and was a start from my neighbors mother in laws garden. The perfume is just knock you over strong. I will be getting a cutting or two to start some of my own. Yay!!

Added by Margaret Beers Oliver on June 29, 2009 at 8:49am — No Comments

A taste of things to come

By Alexandra Hall

Cheaper, simpler, homier, fresher. The new breed of Boston restaurant has nothing to do with status and everything to do with what’s growing in our backyard.

Krista Kranyak, the owner of Ten Tables in… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 29, 2009 at 4:32am — No Comments

Very interesting article on "Sunday" tonight

There was a very interesting article on Sunday tonight, showing how a new green revolution is taking place. Of course we all knew, but it seems the media is cottoning on to the fact that across the nation people are reconnecting with their soil and in some ways their communities by planting their gardens and harvesting and sharing their own crops... awesome. Apparently kids in Ed Hillary School have started gardens at their own homes once they got the gardening bug at school. How wonderful is… Continue

Added by Nathan on June 28, 2009 at 10:42pm — 3 Comments

The Basics Of Composting (Part 1)

What Is Compost?

Compost is simply decomposed organic material. The organic material can be plant material or animal matter. While composting may seem mysterious or complicated, it’s really a very simple and natural process that continuously occurs in nature, often without any assistance from mankind. If you’ve ever walked in the woods, you’ve experienced compost in its most natural setting. Both living plants and annual plants that… Continue

Added by Oz Gardener on June 27, 2009 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Stop Enviroschools Funding? Is this insanity?!

Can we afford for the Enviroschools program to be stopped?

In my opinion, if the government won't pay, then we need to find other ways. We cannot sit and let this insanity happen.

To show your support for the Enviroschools program, please take a moment to pop in a short comment below and send the url of this page to everyone you think might care.

Thanks… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 27, 2009 at 5:30am — 15 Comments

Michelle Obama Video on Food "Crisis"

Added by Pete Russell on June 27, 2009 at 1:47am — No Comments

Baltimore's City Hall vegetable garden: an update

By Susan Reimer The vegetable gardens planted around Baltimore's War Memorial Plaza, in front of City Hall, have produced more than 1,500 pounds of vegetables for the kitchens of Our Daily Bread, which… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 27, 2009 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

City Restaurants With Food-Growing Gardens On Site


Hyper local cuisine has come to Philadelphia.

In the form of restaurants with small kitchen gardens in which they grow produce that they actually use on their menus.

The first we heard about (in Center City) was Osteria. Rick Nichols recently profiled the small garden they added in their side… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 27, 2009 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Obama Admins Toolkit to Start a Community Garden

Community Gardens: The Facts

This summer, as President Obama and Congress work together to enact health reform that reduces health care costs for families, businesses, and government; guarantees choice of doctors, hospitals, and insurance plans; and assures quality affordable health care for all Americans, we hope that you will participate by promoting healthy lifestyles in your community – a key to… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 26, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Growing through the transition

While in many ways the Transition Initiative is new, it often finds its roots in the past, in a practical make-do-and-mend attitude. There is an interesting emphasis on “re-skilling” communities in traditional building and organic gardening, for example: crafts that were taken for granted two generations ago but are now often forgotten. Mandy Dean, who helped set up a Transition Initiative in her community in Wales, describes how her group bought root… Continue

Added by James Samuel on June 26, 2009 at 3:40pm — 1 Comment

Poor garden is trying to grow

Still I think I am going to put the greenhouse together earlier than I thought. Perhaps early August if not early July.
Flash flood warnings are out. Still the garden is giving it all the ol' college try!

Added by Margaret Beers Oliver on June 26, 2009 at 1:57pm — No Comments

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

Added by octopusgrrl on June 26, 2009 at 10:28am — 4 Comments

A new allotment at Buckingham Palace

Thanks for posting this to Ooooby Oz… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 26, 2009 at 9:25am — No Comments

winter garden update - JUNE 2009

hmmm so about time for a bit of an update!

Several weeks ago, we mulched with grass clippings and crumbled "Pony Poo" on the surface around the veges in the vege patch (50c a bag from the nearby pony club)

Everthing GREW... big...

- Radishes are large and busrting their skins, but not all that spicey. Rather tasty in a stir fry and helps to use them all up.

- the Wong Boc (sp?) are massive and flowering faster than we can keep up. Some of the remaining… Continue

Added by Chantel Smith on June 26, 2009 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

A Buzzing Night in Support of New York Urban Beekeeping

by tressa eaton from Serious Eats New York

Atlanta allows them. So does Denver. Chicago welcomes them to the roofs of City Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center. San Francisco included them as part of their Sustainability Plan. And Michelle… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 26, 2009 at 3:22am — No Comments

Green Smoothie Revolution

"Green Smoothies will save the world!" is a statement I have heard a lot lately.

My wife Katherine is convinced that the combination of a garden and a good blender is the solution to most of the worlds problems. After reading Green for Life she has been experimenting with all sorts of garden greens and exotic weeds from the neighbourhood… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 26, 2009 at 1:30am — 10 Comments

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