August 2011 Blog Posts (13)

Natural Remedies


Does anyone has experiences with planting herbs and flowers which can be used as natural remedies? I'd love to create a little "health heaven" in my garden....already bought Aloa Vera, thinking of jasmine, echinacea, chamomille...ideas, hints and tips are welcome. thanks!

Added by Dunja Balmer on August 31, 2011 at 9:02am — 6 Comments

my new online organic gardening course


I've been working on this for a while with lots of help from Heather of Ebrainz and it's online and ready for people to join  in. I'm excited to be able to offer my experience and passion to help others grow more food organically....

Added by Sol Morgan on August 30, 2011 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Ooooby Recipes by Lisa Loveday

Macadamia and Pear Upside Down Cake – serves 12

50 g butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

3 pears, peeled, cored and sliced into eighths

150 g butter

¾ cup(150g) brown sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla essence

3 free range eggs

1 cup flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ cup finely chopped macadamia nuts


Line a 22 cm spring form cake pan with baking paper.

Melt the first measure of butter and sugar…


Added by Pete Russell on August 30, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Ooooby Update

A quick note to let you know how everything is going in the Oooobyverse.


Did you know that there are over 4,000 of us Oooobsters in the online community?  That's a lot of food gardeners all in one (cyber)place.  It's a labyrinth of great people and information, so take some time to explore …


Added by Pete Russell on August 30, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Hand over a Hundy Leaving knowledge to the next generation


Kia ora all.

Ooooby, what a great concept!! It really helps to have like minded people passionate and willing to pass on knowledge time and effort. Many times I have come on and been reassured and encouraged!


Have been chatting to Pete today wanting to expand a concept I came up with last June 2010 called 'Hand over a…


Added by Jade Temepara on August 29, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Pssst....some Ooooby Secrets

Added by Pete Russell on August 29, 2011 at 9:49am — 2 Comments

Plot 3 - Garlic and Company of mainly root vegetables.

Once the legumes and Cucabits are cleaned up this is when you empty you well rotted compost into the bed. Work this in with a series of tripple weeding. Deep weeding first followed by two rounds of shallow weeding. A lovely sharp hoe over the surface works wonders.


On the shortest day of the year plant your garlic cloves. I plant in rows and get them into the soil quite deep 10 to 15cm. they will push themselves out of the ground if you dont.


Onions leaks and…


Added by Carla Woollaston on August 24, 2011 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Plot two - Legumes, Corn and Cucabits

After your Spuds and Toms are cleaned up apply some lime to your soil and sow your mustard seeds for a winter green crop........ Dig this in before it flowers.


This plot now belongs to the pea and beans.  Your cucumbers, zuchini and melons can join this rotation. More reading I have done suggests putting the corn into this group as well.


Sow corn in September, November and January....

Sow more annual beans as the flowers begin to show on the last…


Added by Carla Woollaston on August 24, 2011 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Plot 4 - Leafy Foods

May is really my changeover. From May onwards this is the plot you can put your winter greens.


I try not to disturb the soil too much.


Hunt for snails before you plant your seedlings! as I write this my mind races to the tender wee seedlings out there fending off the snails and slugs! Argh!Upside down pottery is good with little doorways scooped out of the soil. Check them daily to dispose of the slimmies. I feed them to the chooks.




Added by Carla Woollaston on August 24, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Food Bill Response by Hon. Kate Wilkinson


You can read the rest of this letter here.


It is very important that we give strong due diligence to this Food Bill before we allow it to go through Parliament.  Kate seems to be in favour of a fair bill, so if there is anything in the…


Added by Pete Russell on August 23, 2011 at 6:55pm — 1 Comment

Poisoning paradise, watch online for free




I have just watched this documentary about the use of 1080  in new Zealand

my gut feelings told me it was wrong, but after watching this documentary I am gobsmacked!




Added by Kali on August 14, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

lost name/address

hi there TUI in the  sth island ,i think, got you parcel but lost your address,please email me IS URGENT cause  feeel bad havent sent your stuff back

Added by paul stewart on August 12, 2011 at 8:16am — No Comments

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