August 2009 Blog Posts (84)

Homegrown Veges for Dinner

Tonight I enjoyed the longer daylight hours of spring and being able to wander down the garden to pick the vegetables for dinner. I chose Brussels Sprouts, which are really a borderline plant in our climate-it's not really cold enough for long enough.

The sprouts are starting to flower so they needed to be used. I'm… Continue

Added by Hester on August 31, 2009 at 8:29pm — No Comments


I've been learning how to make Bokashi compost.

I have had a compost bucket in the kitchen for as long as I can remember. One of the childhood jobs was to take the bucket down to the compost heap and empty it there.

Recently I attended a workshop and learnt about Bokashi. Bokashi is a Japanese term… Continue

Added by Hester on August 31, 2009 at 7:52pm — 8 Comments

Permaculture: a growing revolution

The following is an excerpt from an innterview I did.

"What are present day permaculture designers doing? I interviewed Douglas JE Barnes to find out. Barnes is a permaculture designer who is creating sustainable solutions to supply line needs for everywhere from India and China to his own backyard". source

Added by Bob Ewing on August 31, 2009 at 3:29am — No Comments

The Dinner Garden, ending hunger by giving away free seeds.

The Dinner Garden is a non-profit organization that provides fruit and vegetable seeds, for free to anyone in the United States who wants to start a garden.They don't even request a stamp.

Holly Hirshberg came up with the idea for The Dinner Garden while trying to think of a way to give people free food and lessen their dependence on food banks. There is no qualification process to receive seeds from The… Continue

Added by The Dinner Garden on August 31, 2009 at 1:21am — 1 Comment

New Zealand Vegetable prices surge

Source: 13th August 2009

The price you are paying for veges has just risen a whopping 12 percent on the same month last year.

That favourite of sandwiches and salads, the humble lettuce was the leading culprit. It doubled in price in June and rose again, by 41.6 percent, in July, Statistics NZ… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on August 29, 2009 at 9:05pm — 3 Comments

Hidden Treasures

Well, it's a beautiful day here in Brockville, and the sun is shining and warm, but not so warm that redheaded me fears to go out into the death rays. I finally have some energy to spare on weekends for more than sleeping, and I decided to get outside and do some gentle weeding. Having recently (well, if you call four months recent) moved into this house, and then having major surgery straight afterwards (and by that I mean I moved in on a Saturday and had major open abdominal surgery the… Continue

Added by Mary Lockerbie on August 29, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Seeds Sown Indoors Today

Hollyhock Summer Carnival Mix
Aster Cut Flower Assortment
Poppy Iceland
Livingstone Daisy Sparkles Mix
Poppy Peony Formula Mix
Morning Glory

Anise Hyssop
Chamomile German
Yarrow Common White
Self Heal
St Johns Wort

Shoo Fly Plant

Added by Annie Cree on August 29, 2009 at 11:27am — No Comments

A FARM ON EVERY FLOOR (The New York Times)



Published: August 24, 2009


IF climate change and population growth progress at their current pace, in roughly 50 years farming as we know it will no longer… Continue

Added by Mark Fowler on August 29, 2009 at 11:26am — No Comments

Seeds sown

On Monday 25th August, I sowed all my early seed, some in trays and some direct...peas, beans, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, beets, carrots, celeriac, celery, cress, lettuces, mesclun, onions, radishes, salsify, spinach, turnips and several types of squash and pumpkin. In addition I sowed some nasturtium and marigold seeds. Today, Saturday, being the gorgeous, hot, sunny day that has been bestowed upon Napier, I have sown a further tray of marigolds and borage...good for companion… Continue

Added by Lynn on August 29, 2009 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Virtual farmers market in the works

By Morgan Josey Glover

Industrial-food fatigued residents of Greensboro and other North Carolina cities have emerged in recent years as influential in the evolving local foods movement.

Behind the scenes, farmers are trying to meet that demand by growing and marketing foods in different ways. A new Rockingham County… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on August 28, 2009 at 11:55pm — 1 Comment

German Allotment Gardens - A Model for Poverty Alleviation and Food Security

Tent Cities are now appearing around American Cities !

The unemployment rate is officially 9.4 % but the real unemployment rate is

nearer 16%.

The loss of 500,000 jobs a month means the USA is quickly approaching

Depression levels of unemployment In the 1930`s Shanty Towns of unemployed

homeless men were called Hoovervilles and were named after the President of

the time Herbert Hoover.

When I went to Germany about 14… Continue

Added by Grant Steven on August 28, 2009 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Chickens in the garden

I have started letting my chickens into the garden as part of my 'clean up for spring' plans. The chickens are having a great time scratching around in the leaves, eating all the unsuspecting creepy crawlies. I have to babysit them when I let them out as this is in the unfenced part of our section and isn't secure. It's been quite therapeutic sitting in the sun watching them scratching and pecking at the weeds.

I also planted pea seeds a… Continue

Added by Sarah Walsh on August 28, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

I need a windbreak!

After my obelisk disaster yesterday I decided to not only hurry up and plant the hedge on our side of the fence but also to plant some natives on the council verge on the other side of it. They can't complain about that surely... Took the dogs down to The People's Park at Te Atatu Peninsula - for those unfamiliar this is a wetland area with views across the water to the city and the harbour bridge. As we trotted along I collected some seeds from Manuka Red Tea Tree shrubs. I want all the bees I… Continue

Added by Annie Cree on August 28, 2009 at 11:07am — No Comments

Tomato Joke

Source: Ooffoo

An old Italian lived alone in New Jersey . He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard.

His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vincent,

I am feeling pretty sad,… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on August 28, 2009 at 2:20am — 1 Comment

Green Valley Grocer

Last week I wrote a blog post about a fabulous new initiative in Slaithwaite, Yorkshire called Green Valley Grocer.

Today I visited and met with Graham, one of the main… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on August 28, 2009 at 2:09am — No Comments

Climate Change Camp

How could I not pass on this information? Its about time middle NZ stood up, got out of their gardens and direct actioned themselves into CLIMATE ACTION! Pass this on to everyone you know, and see you there:

Climate Change Camp

December 16-21st, Wellington.

For more information: or see the link on, as well as reading about all the news the "media" in this country forgot to research.

Much… Continue

Added by Jenny Gilberd on August 27, 2009 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Red Onions

About a month ago I planted two red onions which had sprouted in my pantry. These turned into "sets" which look like several spring onions growing out of the onion. The biggest one grew six and the smaller one grew four. Today I decided to dig them up, divide them and replant them.

I had just found out that peas don't like to be near onions too and they were next to my obelisk with the peas - they are now in areas where my brassicas were being attacked by white fly.

After… Continue

Added by Annie Cree on August 27, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Growing your own food ‘good for the soul’

Image from Global Artist Village

Article by Peter Collins at

GROWING your own organic food is not just good for the environment but “good for the soul”, according to graphic designer… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on August 27, 2009 at 3:54am — No Comments

Has Anyone Ever Used Beneficial Nematodes?

I am currently having issues with white worms inside my Zucchini squash. I need to save my squash or else I know it will end up dying. I am considering using Beneficial Nematodes in my garden.

This is what I found out about them:

In a moist, dark environment Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae) kill almost all pests. Therefore, they are ideally suited to combat insects in and on the soil and those that bore into wood, trees and shrubs. These microscopic, worm-like… Continue

Added by Crystal's Garden on August 26, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

List (and map) of community gardens around NZ - please help!

Good magazine needs collaborators to help compile a list and map of all the community gardens in New Zealand. We've just started it, so we need lots of help! If you know of a community garden that isn't listed, please leave a comment at the link below with its name, address (incl region) and website (if it has one).

Please feel free to leave forward the… Continue

Added by Annabel McAleer on August 26, 2009 at 10:28am — No Comments

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