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Guerrilla Gardening in our 'Hood

Guerrilla Gardening in our 'Hood

Sunday, June 27, 2010 New Zealand
Last summer our street community got together and decided to plant some fruit trees along the council verge of our street. We all agreed it would beautify our street and also, in time, allow us and our children to harvest fruit grown on disused space. The idea of our children walking home from school and being able to pick a sun ripened apple off a...

Interesting books

Interesting books

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 New Zealand
We thought the following books might be of interest to our readers. 'Growing Organic', 'The Good Life by Francesca Price' and 'Market Day: Tastes from New Zealand Farmers Markets' and 'The Self Sufficiency Hand Book (NZ)'.

The fodda story

The fodda story

Monday, March 01, 2010 New Zealand
What do you get when you cross an eco-conscious Kiwi cafe owner with a Swiss soil scientist? A totally natural and eco-friendly new product for busy gardeners that feeds the earth, repels slugs and snails and even diverts waste from landfill - fodda. Dismayed by the amount of waste such as organic coffee grounds she was throwing away at her bus...

Gardening and your health

Gardening and your health

Sunday, February 28, 2010 New Zealand
GARDENING AND HEALTH On Sunday, 21st of February, Rialto TV showed a film/documentary called “Real View: Food Matters”. The program was a discussion on the importance of Nutrition & Natural Therapies for the prevention and reversing of chronic illness. The program presented numerous facts about our bodies and how our food chain can heal or cre...

Grow yourself some lettuce

Grow yourself some lettuce

Friday, February 26, 2010 New Zealand
Why not grow your own lettuce – it is simply to grow and you can enjoy eating organic, fresh lettuce throughout the year. You will also save on cash – how many times have you purchased lettuce from the supermarket only to find it goes off in the fridge? Buy a packet of seeds and all going well it will keep you supplied with lettuce for most for the...

Community Gardens,  Christchurch - Sumner and Redcliffs

Community Gardens, Christchurch - Sumner and Redcliffs

Thursday, February 25, 2010 New Zealand > Canterbury > Christchurch
Sumner Bays Union Trust has two community gardens under its umbrella in Christchurch. They are Sumner Community Garden and Redcliffs Community Garden "The Onion Patch". Each garden is different and defined by its physical location. Redcliffs is located on a former children's play area behind the Union Church on Augusta, and the Sumner gar...

MyGarden - gardening gifts and products

MyGarden - gardening gifts and products

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 New Zealand
MyGarden has teamed up with members of the directory to offer our members some quality gardening gifts and other products such as greenhouses and raised bed gardens.

General February Gardening Tips

General February Gardening Tips

Sunday, February 14, 2010 New Zealand
Some general tips for your garden this February. February is the last month of summer and the time when many pest insects have built up big populations if you have not been on the ball with your controls. It is very easy to miss a build up of bugs and then a lot harder to gain control over your garden. I got caught out recently with my zucchini...

Gardening tidbits

Gardening tidbits

Sunday, January 24, 2010 New Zealand
It is Saturday in Palmerston North, and while I am writing this, nice showers are wetting the soil and plants are growing in response. It has been a poor spring and summer so far for gardening, but hopefully conditions will improve in February, if they don't then its going to be a bad season overall. Poor seasons are accepted as part of the life ...

Animals in the garden - friends or foes?

Animals in the garden - friends or foes?

Saturday, January 16, 2010 New Zealand
Gardens can be blessed or cursed by our four legged friends and the winged ones, dependant on your own attitude to the pleasure or harm that they may contribute. We are talking about dogs, cats, hedgehogs, chickens and other bird life wild or in captivity. Dogs are mankind's best friend, loyal, loving and devoted to a caring family. They are best...

Growing big tomatoes and why plants 'bolt'

Growing big tomatoes and why plants 'bolt'

Sunday, December 06, 2009 New Zealand
The weather has certainly not been great for gardening this spring and here we are into the first month of summer and still receiving weather as if we were in the first days of spring. Plants suffer just as we do when temperatures plummet, cold winds and rains wrecking havoc making for a hard time in and out of the garden. Normally in the spring ...

Greening the desert through permaculture

Greening the desert through permaculture

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 New Zealand
A video about greening the desert using a permaculture garden - very interesting!

Peas in your garden

Peas in your garden

Sunday, November 15, 2009 New Zealand
Gardening is an amazing skill to be learnt, and basic knowledge is picked up simply by doing. If you are a non-green-fingered urban gardener, with a desire to expand your growing knowledge, peas are a simple-grow vegetable to start with. Peas are delicious, very easy to eat, and also require a limited amount of space, perfect for urban spaces! P...

Gardening to survive the recession

Gardening to survive the recession

Thursday, November 05, 2009 New Zealand
The world economic situation is in a upheaval and by the looks of things it is only going to get worse. At this time in New Zealand things are not too bad as yet, so as we used to say, ‘Make hay while the sun shines’ There are two aspects to growing your own food to be more self-sufficient, these are the short term and the long term. For instance...

Festival of Flowers Newsletter October 2009

Festival of Flowers Newsletter October 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 New Zealand > Canterbury > Christchurch
Read the latest newsletter from the Festival of Flowers, Christchurch.

How long do plants live? Lifespan of plants

How long do plants live? Lifespan of plants

Saturday, October 24, 2009 New Zealand
Every so often I am asked how long will such and such plant or tree are likely to live for? A good question but a difficult one to answer. Some plants which are called annuals will germinate, grow, flower and produce seeds then die. Most vegetables and bedding plants fall into this category and are often referred to as seasonal. Then there are t...

Spring gardening on an oily rag

Spring gardening on an oily rag

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 New Zealand
It’s spring (not that the temperature gauge is aware of it yet given the recent snows!) so its time to think about planting for the summer harvest. Did you know that gardening is the fourth most popular leisure activity in New Zealand? (The top three are: watching TV, reading, and socialising with friends). Every household should have a garden – it...

Neem products - Are they safe?

Neem products - Are they safe?

Friday, October 16, 2009 New Zealand
Recently a number of gardeners and garden centre staff have contacted me asking if products such as Neem Tree Oil and Neem Tree Granules are safe to use on food crops? This sudden interest, in the safety of these products, has come about from two sources in the Gardening Industry, one from a major supplier of gardening products whom has been stati...

Labour Weekend Planting Time

Labour Weekend Planting Time

Friday, October 09, 2009 New Zealand
A tradition developed many years ago in so much as the right time for planting out in the new season was around the holiday weekend we call Labour Weekend. Logic says this must be a good time as it is in the middle of spring and about half way to the longest day. Plant growth is determined by firstly the hours of light in a 24 hour period, the so...

Gardening - It's good for your health!

Gardening - It's good for your health!

Thursday, October 01, 2009 New Zealand
People that garden regularly are generally more healthy and happier than people that do not, or seldom garden. There are a number of reasons for this such as getting out in the fresh air and the exercising of the body while doing various garden chores. That is on the first level. While out gardening on a sunny day for 15 minutes or more, two or ...

Home gardening basics

Home gardening basics

Friday, September 25, 2009 New Zealand
With lots of people trying their hand at gardening for the first time, either last season or for this new season it is timely to give a few tips on how to garden and have the best results. There is nothing worse for new gardeners who put in the effort and money then end up with poor results. It is very disheartening and can lead to some people qu...

Vigilance in the garden pays green dividends

Vigilance in the garden pays green dividends

Friday, September 18, 2009 New Zealand
I feel that one of the worst problems that is going to face gardeners this season will be insect pests especially the potato/tomato psyllid. I spoke to a lady gardener recently, from the Hawkes Bay area, and she told me that a number of her gardening friends were not going to grow tomatoes and potatoes this season because of the psyllids ruining t...

Strike while the 'gardening iron' is hot

Strike while the 'gardening iron' is hot

Thursday, September 17, 2009 New Zealand
The met service has reported that we had the warmest August ever since records began with about 1.5 degrees above average, which does not seem a much on those odd cold days, but for a lot of insect pests it means an early arrival. A good hard, cold winter takes its toll on insect populations from last summer, dramatically reducing their numbers bef...

Gardening in Spring

Gardening in Spring

Sunday, September 13, 2009 New Zealand
Spring is the time when the new season’s growth really starts to happen which is a result of the extending day light hours along with the warmer temperatures. One thing that you will notice is that the new growth on roses and other plants is very healthy. There are a few reasons for this which includes; spring vigor after winter dormancy; no man...

New threats to your garden

New threats to your garden

Sunday, September 13, 2009 New Zealand
Last season a number of gardeners lost potato and tomato crops to an insect called the potato psyllid which releases a toxin into the plants and causes the young potatoes or tomatoes not to grow much larger than a marble. My suggested treatment is a combination of Neem Tree Granules and sprays of Neem Tree Oil.

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