August 2013 Blog Posts (8)

Help needed with NZ food growing resource

There is a website, started a couple of years ago with COGS funding which promises t be a valuable resource for growing food in New Zealand. The trouble is, it appears to be abandoned, and is filling up with spam, particularly its glossary section.

It is designed as an open wiki, protected only by captchas. Since Ooooby has such a rich people/knowledge resource, I'd love to see people getting behind this site by

1) Editing spam…


Added by Richard Grevers on August 30, 2013 at 12:48pm — 5 Comments

The Health Benefits of Organic Produce - By Lisa Banks

The Health Benefits of Organic Produce

You might be wondering what the benefits are of organic food. After all, the produce we supply at Ooooby looks the same as the conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables you find in your local supermarket, so it’s not unreasonable to ask why you should choose our natural and organic …


Added by Pete Russell on August 29, 2013 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Ooooby Stackable Fruit and Vegetable Crates By Creative Woodcraft

Check out these Ooooby Stackable Fruit and Vegetable Crates by creative woodcraft

These modular storage containers are very practical they can be easily stacked to save some space. They feature slatted sides that let air circulate and keep your Ooooby box…


Added by Ian Morton on August 14, 2013 at 3:13pm — 3 Comments

More mulch

I got the pruning contractors to drop off a fresh supply of mulch - enough to cover the whole forest to a depth of 10cm. Im now sourcing grass clippings to add nitrogen. The first years sheet mulching seems to have worked as there is now a layer of black humus everywhere and plenty of worms. Fukuoka maintained that compost making is unnecesary work and may even be counterproductive. Where is the scientific research on compost?

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on August 10, 2013 at 9:38am — No Comments

Winter greens

Finally got to test some leafy stuff - pak choy, cavolo nero and mizuna. Incredible depth of flavours which make farm produced greens seem terribly bland.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on August 10, 2013 at 9:32am — No Comments

Has spring sprung?

Technically the first day of spring is 21st September and the 1st is commonly considered the end of winter. Here the Manuka and Tagasaste are both flowering and the bananas, taro and guavas have resumed new leaf production. As Astrid Gilbert sang 'It might as well be spring.'

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on August 10, 2013 at 9:29am — No Comments

Creative Woodcraft Supports NZ Bee Awareness Month 2013

Creative Woodcraft Supports NZ Bee Awareness Month 2013

There is currently a great deal of attention focused on the future protection of honey bees throughout New Zealand, and quite rightly so! However let us not forget about the many other equally important pollinators out there, such as bumble bee’s and the numerous species of native solitary bee’s, which provide a huge impact on the success of our fruit and vegetables gardens, increasing pollination and in turn providing us with…


Added by Ian Morton on August 10, 2013 at 8:53am — No Comments

A New Start!

Well great new My girls and I planted lots of trees in our orchard and we are on the hunt today for more. I have some grapes to plant but I need to know what driection to plant them for maximum benifet

Added by Shona Cullen on August 8, 2013 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

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