December 2010 Blog Posts (19)

Terrace Garden, Lyttelton

Is an area of 40 m2, 5 terraces and 4 walking paths. Filled up with horse manure and compost. East facing and great view. …


Added by Giulio Sturla on December 30, 2010 at 9:35pm — 2 Comments


I had great hopes for the garden this year and well I seem to be able to grow weeds well, but everything else is very slow. On the good side, meslun is growing well, along with the beetroot, the last of the winter cauliflowers have been picked. broad beans were patchy and snap peas died off as fast as it was growing. The tomatoes in the glass house are starting to flower. I still can't get lettuce to germinate. The sweetcorn is growing well and the beans seem to be happy, with pumpkins… Continue

Added by Yvonne Nikolaison on December 30, 2010 at 5:41pm — 1 Comment

Looking for an osteopath

I know its off topic but I'm guessing people around here will have some clues about alternative and traditional medicine etc and I did my back the other day (reaching down to get a bottle of wine; didn't even get to grab it let alone drink it) and I've used osteos for years but not in Auckland.


Anyone have one they can recommend? The regsiter produces this list. Anyone know or able to comment on…


Added by Earl Mardle on December 30, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Hen or Rooster?

Hi all. hope you all had a very happy christmas day.

I have a baby silver laced wyandotte chick and was wondering if anybody can give a clue as to it's sex from the photo? I'm thinking maybe a hen as roosters seem to have more white on the wings.

Anybody got ideas?

Added by Mercurious on December 25, 2010 at 11:00pm — 8 Comments

Three Sisters in a tyre

From Garden


[Updated below] When I picked up a copy of Edible Estates (not a recommendation BTW) a while back, I came across the "three sisters" concept and decided to try it. We had our front lawn terraced over winter and I confidently expect never to mow it again, given its being buried under compost,…


Added by Earl Mardle on December 22, 2010 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Spotted in Newmarket

Photograph Karen Knighton


What a delightful piece of street design!  A beautiful marriage of function and form don't you think?


Wouldn't you rather pick your silver beet from street gardens…


Added by Pete Russell on December 21, 2010 at 12:05pm — 11 Comments

Atamai Eco Village is gaining momentum on 60 hectares of organic farmland near Motueka


Building and land development at the Atamai Eco Village is gaining momentum and eventually the sustainable community will accommodate up to 200 villagers on 60 hectares of organic farmland near Motueka.

Garden of Eden

Added by kathaleen bartha on December 18, 2010 at 9:19pm — 1 Comment

Ooooby is two!

Happy Birthday Ooooby!


Who could have imagined that in just two years Ooooby would have grown into such a wonderful and rather large family of food…


Added by Pete Russell on December 17, 2010 at 1:02pm — 10 Comments

White butterflies

I read in last Friday's NZ Gardener newsletter that plastic shapes of white butterflies stuck on kebab sticks keep them away. Apparently they are territorial and don't encroach on butterflies already there. I'm passing this on so others can have a go, too. I doubled some of the sticks so they are higher above the kale etc. Let's know if they made a difference.

Added by Robyn Wolfe on December 15, 2010 at 5:17pm — 1 Comment

Ooooby Recipe of the Week

Recipe by Lisa Loveday

Preparation and photo by Karen Knighton

Ingredients from the…


Added by Pete Russell on December 14, 2010 at 11:59pm — 4 Comments

Fresh herbs....a basic human need

image The formal herb garden in the Hobart Botanic Gardens is delightful this time of year. We had our Home Gardeners Group picnic there last week.…

Added by Kate Flint on December 14, 2010 at 10:33am — No Comments

Propagating from laterals

For a couple of years now I have been propagating tomatoes from laterals, providing both easier seedlings and ensuring succession production without having to wait to find out if the seeds will germinate. You know in 48 hours whether the lateral has survived and they produce as well as any from seed.

However, over the weekend, I noticed that spuds, being…


Added by Earl Mardle on December 13, 2010 at 10:07pm — 15 Comments

December 2010

been a long time since I posted anything!

Garden going well, filled filled areas with extra compost as we pulled the winter items out and started planting summer stuff. At present the courgettes are growing in front of my eyes, and peas/beans/tomatoes are stating to fruit. We have had loads of radishes and rocket, yum!…


Added by Chantel Smith on December 12, 2010 at 9:26am — No Comments

Host gardens for next year's workshops in Wellington, Auckland, Wanaka, Dunedin, Christchurch, anywhere in between?

Hosts get a free spot in the workshop of course, a completed thermal compost, a double-dug raised mound, a dose of microbial brew and the advice of on-site Dirt Doctors! Let us know if you think your garden could be the place...

Meanwhile, last workshop of the year is this weekend in Wellington. For those keen and eager to set their soil to work while they're away on holiday!

Also, check out our…

Added by Dirt Doctor Jacob&Hana on December 10, 2010 at 12:20am — 6 Comments

Early Summer Tomatoes

7/12/10 This week I am waiting, with great anticipation, for the first tomato to ripen.

This is an 'Early Girl' variety tomato plant that I bought to plant at the end of September, so that I would have some tomatoes ripe, long…


Added by Hester on December 7, 2010 at 9:03pm — 4 Comments

Notes from a talk by Joel Salatin

By Sonya from her Permaculture Pathways Blog.

Here are a few notes I took during Saturday night’s talk by Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms in the US.

First up, farms are meant to be… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 6, 2010 at 5:56pm — 2 Comments

Summer is here!

Well the last few weeks in the garden have been rather scorcha....have not been out in the garden during the day. Rather waiting till the cool evening.

Am very exicted about this years summer garden. lotsa new experiements with growing and the garden is singing with lotsa good insect life.

Main crops going for it at the moment are the phacellia, calendulas, garlic and going to seed silverbeet. THe phacellia is absolutly pumping with bees and hoverflys. A crop i reccomend to…


Added by Bridge Scully on December 6, 2010 at 10:28am — 5 Comments

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Added by Pete Russell on December 2, 2010 at 11:23am — No Comments

November Gardening

Thankfully the gerkhins and courgettes are looking brighter, I thought I was going to lose them all. Basil is still sulking, the tomatoes in the glasshouse are taking off. I brought a chilli and pepper plant which are also in the gHouse.

I have been busy making kefir water and the milk culture. The yoghurt is a little sour, but is good in cooking. the kefir drink is doing wonders for my system and keeping me regular. Have lots of extra grains,will need to start another one I… Continue

Added by Yvonne Nikolaison on December 1, 2010 at 5:31pm — No Comments

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