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The Meeting of Great Minds...and me - Urban Farming

 So Thursday morning, I woke early and headed off to a Gardens for Health Meeting.  All of the people who had contacted me and told me to speak to certain people had led to this moment.  I was nervous, excited and hoped the influential and wise minds at the network meeting for Gardens for Health would not laugh my idea of a urban farm concept all the way out of the community garden in Tuakau where said meeting was to be held.

A beautiful, sunny morning, I nervously walked in the front…


Added by Charis on March 2, 2014 at 7:59pm — 2 Comments

The Great Community Gardens Road Trip

Earlier in the week from a Facebook CG page the wonderful Tara gave me a much needed starting point a contact at the Auckland Council. My heart sank, who ever heard of council workers being helpful, but Tara was insistent that this was the person I needed to start with. So with much internal debate I tucked away my self reservations and dived in with a email to the infamous community project development leader extradoinare Ellen.  What I got back was this amazing link …


Added by Charis on February 22, 2014 at 11:54am — No Comments

Starting a Urban Farm....Hopefully!

So my work gave me the green light to do some investigation into the Urban Farming Concept for my Horticulture students!

Ideally I would like a urban farm associated or on a community garden.  With the aim of involving the community, creating some ownership & community involvement in the students and also create and be able to show in a practical way healthy food independence.

The struggle that my work sees is that our Hort course is based in East Tamaki.  I see this as a…


Added by Charis on February 19, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments


Hi all...just been starting to make my own water and milk kefir and would be very keen to source some RAW GOATS MILK....anyone know where to get this? Many thanks!

Added by Erika Snedden on February 12, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Edible berm

In case you missed it

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on February 12, 2014 at 9:46am — No Comments

Tagasaste - supporter or competitor?

Forking over the chicken run I unearthed surface roots from the adjacent Tagasaste (tree lucerne). As a nitrogen fixer will this tree increase vegetable production or reduce it by competing for water and other nutrients? Much is made of suppport planting in permaculture theory whereas organic gardeners tend to eliminate competing plants and add nutrition through leguminous annuals or green manures in the rotation. Eliminating competitors reduces diversity of habitat, a possible reason…


Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on February 5, 2014 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Berm flowers

This wonderful Akl. councillor in Grey Lynn has planted her berm with flowers instead of grass. However, the fascistic Denise Krum is angered by violation of the rules saying 'it's a dog's breakfast'. Actually it's a bees' breakfast. Perhaps we should plant killjoy councillors in the berms?

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on February 5, 2014 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Compost bin gone

I demolished the 1 cubic metre bin with the coop as without the chickens I wont be producing much compost. I drilled holes in a plastic dustbin for the kitchen waste and parked it under an orange tree so the effluent feeds the tree.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on February 4, 2014 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Chickens gone

The girls were down to 3 eggs a week each so I decided to move them on. They've gone to 4 acres in Pukekohe so Im telling myself they will live happily ever after but truth is they will get eaten before too long. I got $5 each for them. I decided not to replace them as I really prefer them to be outside foraging for their food and it just doesn't work here. Today I demolished the coop, reinstated the fencing, removed the compost, forked over the strip, replaced the compost and added coffee.…


Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on February 4, 2014 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Bananas gone

These didnt look like the fruit was going to be much good and they use a lot of water. Ive now got rid of all tropicals which were put in on the assumption that we would continue to get too much rain ha ha. So now Im aiming for a mediterranean orchard look with citrus, clover and weeds. A big problem with a micro-site is deciding what to give up. The only way to get a large variety of fruit types is to bonsai them.…


Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on February 4, 2014 at 7:55pm — No Comments

It's really raining after very light rain all day. The garden needs it desperately. Very happy.

It's really raining after very light rain all day. The garden needs it desperately. Very happy. Continue

Added by Pam on January 26, 2014 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Papaya gone

A beautiful plant but I took the other one out as they were not producing any edible fruit. Its a false economy to buy from amatuers on Trademe. You dont know what you're getting and by the time you find out, several years have been wasted.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 14, 2014 at 6:32pm — 4 Comments


Scoffing a few raspberries finally. The birds dont seem to have discovered them, although they've demolished all my grapes, after I fed them blueberry muffins all winter - ungrateful little shits.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 14, 2014 at 6:29pm — No Comments

More terraces

Cut 2 more terraces on the steepest section for veg beds. Also cleared the mulch off the dry strip beside the driveway, dug out the topsoil, mixed it with the mulch, forked over the subsoil and took out the stones, then replaced the topsoil with the mulch incorporated, planted the raspberries into it and dressed it with grass clippings. Hopefully it will retain enough moisture now.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 14, 2014 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Comfrey bonanza

Have a ton of comfrey coming up everywhere now. I got 2 x 220 litre drums with sealed lids so am filling one with comfrey tea. Beautiful black liquor.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 14, 2014 at 6:22pm — 1 Comment

Kali's lettuce

Trying the first of these today. Lots of flavour and not bitter, in spite of being left in the ground a tad too long. First of Kali's toms are showing. I was slow planting them out but they are getting going now. Still have problems with the sense of season after 34 years down under and with no frosts. Spring is in April. Christmas is when it snows.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 14, 2014 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Banana thinning

Dug out the suckers and reduced each clump to 4 stems. Will leave it at 3 after the mothers fruit. I saw a video from a plantation where they kept only the mother and one follow-on daughter per clump. Presumably more energy is concentrated into fruit production. You would have to assume the planters know what works. Mind you their plantations are all dying so...

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 14, 2014 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Food Forest Design Course as part of the sea change

Enormous opportunities are opening up as we move from an unsustainable industrial food production and distribution model, to one that regenerates the very soil and land that supports life.

Thankfully and not before time, this topic is receiving increasing amounts of attention.

A rising chorus is now coming from UN agencies on how food security, poverty, gender…


Added by James Samuel on January 14, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Edible plants and fish in ponds

Since we moved to Bombay we have had a plan to turn some of a small swamp into ponds. The swamp is too small to be self sustaining and in last summer's drought it went from a reed bed to a Yorkshire fog home in less than a season.

So in November we had the digger in and created 3 new dams and their associated ponds which we didn't expect to have filled until next winter - expecting another dry summer. Nice theory.

Right now, as the rain falls again, one of the ponds is about to…


Added by Earl Mardle on January 4, 2014 at 9:49am — 2 Comments

2013 update

Took out and mulched the taro which I'd put in to soak up driveway runoff. Its been so dry the fruit trees need the extra water. We probably would never have eaten it anyway.

Two tagasaste have died from lack of water I think. Strange as they are suppposed to be drought tolerant. Have germinated 37 from 55 using Kali's tip of scoring the tough seed casing then soaking them till they swell.

Put in another terrace for the remainder of Kalis tomatoes.

Veg have taken off…


Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 1, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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