Just planted scarlett runner beans, tomatoes (Astro Ibrido), sweet corn, basil. Prepared potato bed, pricked out red cabbage, cavolo nero, red onion and chicory. Will plant sunflowers, scallopini, courgettes at the weekend. Eating leeks, spinach and pak choy. The flowers on the broad beans smell lovely.
So many books and so many different ideas. I try to read the books for information that is sensible. I love organic books, permaculture books etc, but the truth is I haven't got the time or energy to worry about the cycles of the moon or burying things into the ground I just want to grow fruit and vegetables. Whether or not there is a scientific base to half of what I have read over the years I don't know... There is a vast array of ideas and concepts in books, some more scientific that…Continue
Now I know that people don't like to use herbicides, particularly on Waiheke and herbicides have no place in garden where we eat.
However, we all have gardens with weeds and some of them are really hard to get rid of.
I have developed a very low toxicity systemic herbicide over the last few years and I now market it nationally. It is catching on because it is so safe and easy to use to control those persistent weeds. I have tested it extensively it works.
It's a gel in…Continue
Friday planted out yellow courgette seedlings and artichoke seedlings. Planted garlic bulbs and tomato seedlings around the side of the house. Transfered camomile plants to the herb garden.
Saturday planted beans along the south side of the bamboo bean trellis
Planted more broad beans today. Also two kinds of peas, progressive and dwarf along the fence behind the feijoa.
Noticed comfrey is recovering having been hammered by the chickens. Also…Continue
Added by Helen and Christian on September 18, 2011 at 6:44pm — No Comments
Once a year my wife and I spend a few days with friends touring a different wine region of NZ. This year it is Hawkes Bay. As the resident cardboard palate I am the designated driver so the rest of them can get slo... taste the local vintages.
However, since this always happens in November, there uis always a bit to do in the garden so we need someone with a keen gardening eye to look after the place.
We have two chooks, Flit and Snitch, who need feeding, watering, egg…Continue
Added by Earl Mardle on September 13, 2011 at 8:13pm — No Comments
The next edition of YES! Magazine has a great article about the Do-It-Ourselves Economy here.
Added by Pete Russell on September 10, 2011 at 8:47am — No Comments
Our dear friend Steve has innovated a window sill salad tray. Just add water and voila!
It's a great way to keep your salad fresh and as soon as you're ready to serve just whip out some scissors and snip away. This is a little back yard innovation that makes…Continue
I have a product which is totally organic and am trialing it myself but want some one else to trial it and give me an honest opinion.it is a fertliser/soil conditioner with a slug/snail inhibitor included, NO CHEMICALS...if you are interested live in auckland, close to epsom i will give you a sample of the product to trial as long as I get feed back.look forward to hearing from you
Community Fruit Harvesting was started by Di Celliers on the North Shore of Auckland when she noticed fruit rotting on the ground in backyards in her community at the same time as reading newspaper reports about the growing demands on local food banks and charities providing food to needy families.
Killing two birds with one stone she gathered some…Continue
Added by Pete Russell on September 8, 2011 at 10:11am — No Comments
Roasted Cauliflower – serves 4
1 cauliflower, cut into even sized florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix together the oil, garlic and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Placecauliflower in a baking pan and toss in this mixture.Bake in an oven preheated to 180°C for about 30 minutes or until cauliflower istender.
Tip: Try this recipe with fennel instead of…
Added by Pete Russell on September 5, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments
This story, is outstanding for a number of reasons. The courage of the people involved, the seriousness with which they are taking on the task, the knowledge they are finding and bringing to the projects, and the achievements they appear to be making, to name a few.
We are the urban experiment… We are the seed that died and went into the ground. We…Continue
Added by James Samuel on September 5, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments
Come and Celebrate our Food Freedom by getting in on the BIG DIG.
A new Food Bill is now in front of Parliament which is currently worded in a way that could potentially make some of the normal practices of home food gardeners…Continue
Added by James Samuel on September 2, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments