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At 7:56pm on May 18, 2015, Megan said…
Woo hoo, finally found the clam beds after three years!
At 12:04pm on January 29, 2015, Pare Hayward said…

Hi Josephal, I saw a reply post from you, saying you had some Aloe growing, if you have any pups yet (plantlets) would you be willing to sell me one, or some.  I've been looking everywhere but to no avail.  Just if you do - please let me know.   

Kind Regards, Pare

At 11:12am on March 2, 2013, Emily Harris said…

Hi, I see you are in New Lynn and have previously offered to sell/barter worms. I've just moved to New Lynn and am working on setting up my garden, starting with worm farm and compost. Wondering if you are interested in trading some worms to get me started? As I've just moved in I don't have a lot to offer for trade at the moment so could offer cash or to trade you back down the track once things are flourishing at my place? Your garden looks great and it would be fantastic to meet another keen grower in my new neighbourhood.

Emily

At 10:35am on November 22, 2012, Megan said…
Hi there you've been very quiet of late. How's your garden? Sorry to hear about your onions. Noticed that my shallots not doing so well either - too wet. Fingers crossed my garlic will be ok, have dug around the base and bulbs not very big yet.
Back in Riverton for the week and eating lots of mussels - hubby can't face another meal.
At 5:58pm on July 24, 2012, Megan said…
No joy finding any clams but enjoyed a lovely walk along the beach:) apparently the locals never bother to go digging for them, they wait until after a south westerly and they are washed up on the beach.
At 7:02pm on May 28, 2012, Kate said…

I am interested but am curious what will happen to the rabbit in the trap once it is captured. I am not sure I could slaughter it myself, although seeing my winter crops decimated did get me pretty upset...

Will your friend come and collect any rabbits from the trap?

At 4:25pm on March 14, 2012, Sylvie Souchon said…

love your pics,& garden.

At 11:11am on September 7, 2011, Megan said…
all the wild plum trees are in full blossom, flower buds on the apricots and peaches about to open on the trees around the Lake Hayes track where I cycle/walk our dog. How are your garlic bulbils? All mine are growing well, not big enough to photograph yet lots of shoots poking thru the soil. Hope that your garden's growing well.
At 9:26am on April 27, 2011, Megan said…
Sorry, forgot to mention that when you cook the fruit, barely cover with water and strain in a jelly bag. Use the liquid to make jelly - 500g sugar to 1 litre liquid makes a nice tart jelly.
At 9:23am on April 27, 2011, Megan said…
hello Joe, I've only ever made quince paste once and not bothered since - my husband's not that fussed about it and I always have lots of jars of quince jelly which I prefer. However, the one time that I did make it, I used 750g sugar to the weight of quince pulp and cooked the living daylights out of it over a slow heat - very boring because it took ages. You have to keep stirring until it starts to come away from the edges of the pan. The minute you walk away, it'll catch and burn! I always have loads of pulp left over from making jelly and squashed it through a coarse sieve. If you have a mouli that would be much easier. The other alternative would be to peel and core your quinces before you cook them and just put the peel & core in a muslin bag & cook with the fruit. Depends on how many quinces you have - fortunately, lots of people grow them down here and are happy to swap fruit for preserves. Hope that helps.
At 9:47pm on April 7, 2011, Megan said…
didn't recognise your page at first, thought I'd gone to the wrong profile - like the new look :) lots of interesting recipes and info on that jalapeno site - got me thinking about smoked chipotle & found this recipe that I'll have to try out when I get around to growing some jalapeno's. Have you tried a health food shop like Huckleberry farms or Ceres in Ellerslie for rice bran? We grew up on homemade preserves, can't eat bought jam - it's far too sweet. I use as little as 1/3 sugar to fruit in my jam and it has to be refridgerated once opened & is a bit runny but tastes of real fruit. great to see a resurgence of interest in home made produce - my claim to fame is that my pear chutney recipe is featured in the great nz vege road trip.
At 5:56pm on April 5, 2011, Megan said…
oh and not to forget chutneys & pickles - green tomato chutney; piccallili; plum, pear or apricot chutney, whatever fruit I've been given.
At 5:53pm on April 5, 2011, Megan said…
I have a dehydrator so have dried them and cook with them alot - clams &/ mussels with shallots, white wine, garlic, parsley & pasta; pasta with garlic, chilis & parsley; homemade chili sauce (saute garlic & chilis in a little oil; add miso paste & dilute with good soya sauce & sesame oil when I want to use it as a dipping sauce for dumplings or whatever); in homemade blackbean paste - we're rather fond of spicy food and cook & enjoy an eclectic range of food from mediterranean, italian, chinese, indian to thai :) how about you?
At 2:53pm on January 21, 2011, Kali said…
seaweed is plentiful here, we just lug it up from the beach when we go for a walk. we drape it around the dripline of fruit trees as is, I also put it into liquid brews with nettles, comfrey, chicken manure  and weeds to make a general garden tonic. It smells , but seems to do a good job. it is easy to break up when it is dried out to crumble up and put around large plants, but usually a large knife is handy.

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