Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby clancy » Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:05 pm

Cheers bro, yeah the first paragraph was just me trying to give it a personal narrative - something which heaps of gardening magazines love, but it felt a bit forced.

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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby the croc » Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:33 pm

I like your writing Clancy. Good shit.

Gotta leave my garden in 6 weeks. Things are just starting to get productive too. It sucks, but still gained a heap of enjoyment/knowledge etc out of it and the people who are staying here still get to enjoy it. Def on the agenda list though to save for my own piece of land.
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Postby Any Day Now » Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:11 pm

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Garden is cranking! Got some Broccoli rearing its head, Fruit trees are all going well too.

Whats a good deterrent for cats? My kitteh has decided that she prefers shitting amongst the spinach.

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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby Fiction & Falsehood » Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:16 pm

you gotta clean up all the shit and kill the smell somehow, move the shit to another spot, an bury it there, dig that ground over and make it your cat toilet, cats love to shit in dug up ground, the soft dirt, another thing is growing ground cover, especially anything that smells pungent, theres lots of things like that such as marigolds that wil also repel insects, cats hate garlic too, as do most bugs, so making a solution of that and spraying it, or just sprinkling dried garlic around can help to keep them away.
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby haiku terror shades » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:52 pm

Considering starting tomatoes and capsicums tomorrow -
went for a walk today and see that the taro peeps around Mt Roskil planted before the snow seems to be getting away OK

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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby dustbinflowers » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:15 am

I spent the weekend thinking about starting this season's vege garden, what with the spring like weather of the last few days. Itchy spring gardening fingers!
However have now just heard Chch may be in for more snow at the end of the week, so I'll put it off until the end of September- maybe just start seed trays inside. Everything is going to be in containers anyway, apart from some herbs and flowers, the jerusalem artichokes, and the potatoes
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby akaxo » Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:01 pm

don't jump the gun or you'll end up doing what i did a couple of years ago - running around the backyard half naked in the hail at 3am manically moving and covering precious young seedlings...
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby dustbinflowers » Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:15 pm

haha, I remember that! I managed to wrap all my tomatoes in plastic before that one! Christchurch sucks for lulling you into a false sense of summer, so that you get your tomatoes and basil cranking- and then fucking you over with hail, or snow, or a late front. Yep, containers, definitely!
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby Sasquatch » Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:28 pm

Just got some Pohata (sweet old Maori green - kinda like a cross between kale and puha, nice and tangy/peppery) and spinach out in my bucket-garden. moving house soon so have planted everything in portable tubs, seem to be doing okay.
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby dustbinflowers » Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:34 pm

hm, haven't heard of that one. Where did you get seed from?
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby Sasquatch » Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:18 pm

Got seed through an uncle, off an old lady from the south waikato... i think it goes by "maori cabbage" and "turnip tops" quite often.
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby dustbinflowers » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:06 am

ah, maybe wild turnip? Yellow flowers or white flowers?
There's so many wild brassicas around, and fodder brassicas. Some of them are too peppery, but most the young tops are good
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby dustbinflowers » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:13 am

sweet, just looked it up, and it is what I thought- well, there's a whole lot of them. They grow on roadsides and pasture edges heaps down here, and get sown as fodder crops too. The wild turnips are pohata - Brassica rapa, B.nani and B. campestris, and the maori cabbage - kapeti, B. oleracea.
Thanks for the heads up on it.
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby haiku terror shades » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:00 pm

akaxo wrote:don't jump the gun or you'll end up doing what i did a couple of years ago - running around the backyard half naked in the hail at 3am manically moving and covering precious young seedlings...


being in Aucks it's more of a case of "will these get away or will they rot first?" so not much of that running around in the backyard bizness. The night time temperatures are back in double digits already - will update on the state of my 2 trays sowed with tomato seed and 2 trays of capsicums - I have a surfeit of capsicum seed and saved half the tomato seeds in case of fail.

Also planted 3 expired packs of radish seeds I found in the back of a drawer direct into the garden, I bet they all come up out of spite!

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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby akaxo » Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:43 pm

ha lucky northerners.

got seeds started this week: lettuce, silverbeet, basil, tomato, cucumber and spinach. the tomato and cucumber are seed i saved my self from heirloom varieties for the first time, curious to see how they go. planning on a big crop of tomatoes this year, did it season before last and still got jars of pasta sauce i made from them so hope to grow a couple of years worth again.

a BP i went to had their used coffee grinds bagged up for people to take for the garden. they're good for putting around the base of plants that get hit by slugs and the like as they don't like going over them. they had the bags in a purpose made stand so maybe it's a nationwide thing if anyone wants a heap to do something like that?

been getting about seven eggs a day from the chooks, buggered if i know what to do with them all...
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby [Tim] » Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:20 pm

What should I be planting now?

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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby akaxo » Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:07 pm

bugger all outdoors in dunedin i'd say but pretty much anything that can be started off indoors can get going now to get a head start before planting out once the frosts are gone.
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby dustbinflowers » Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:02 pm

akaxo wrote:been getting about seven eggs a day from the chooks, buggered if i know what to do with them all...



Come and visit and give them to meeeeeeeee! :)
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Postby FC » Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:03 pm

I will also take some of your delicious eggs if you need to get rid of them. Free range are expensive (but tasty).
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby akaxo » Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:18 pm

you should come visit next time you make some of the caramel slice you keep mentioning then :)
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby the croc » Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:25 am

Got pretty fucking sick of zucchini that last two months. Only had two plants but they were cranking out at least one day.
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby akaxo » Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:05 am

the croc wrote:Got pretty fucking sick of zucchini that last two months. Only had two plants but they were cranking out at least one day.
that's something i should grow this season, haven't for ages and such good producers.
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby dustbinflowers » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:53 am

This weekend: -started some peas under plastic, took rosemary and pelargonium cuttings, sowed Calendula, mescalin, radish and beetroot, planted out a globe artichoke, rainbow beet, night scented stocks and pansies.
Three varieties of potato sprouting, as well as jerusalem artichoke and calla lilies.
A bit too early yet for beans, pumpkin, zucchini, tomatoes and chillies- the ground is still below 10 degrees at my place.
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby akaxo » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:57 am

going to have spare silverbeet, spinach and lettuce seedlings so far if anyone down here wants some in a while. the lettuce is a good as hardy heirloom variety that seeds can be saved from and doesn't get killed by frost or getting completely covered by snow.
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby dustbinflowers » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:30 pm

will be keen for some lettuce and spinich. Can swap you some Koanga seed of pea Southland Sno (sugarsnap) and some Kings beetroot (Red Rib) and radish (can't remember what) if you want. Do you have any spare runner beans?
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby akaxo » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:35 pm

beetroot sounds good and yep will bring some runner bean seeds with me tomorrow.
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby dustbinflowers » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:08 pm

will bring seed in. If I remember...
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby dustbinflowers » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:57 am

Did a seed swap with a few workmates today- woo hoo! Is it wrong to be really excited about having seeds of 10 different vege varieties to plant?

Coles Dwarf Broad beans, Red Brunswick Onions, San Marzano tomatoes, Black Beauty Zucchini Scarlet Nantes carrot, Golden Acre cabbage, Perpetual Beet, Topweight Carrot, Rocket and Pak Choi.

I should have spare seedlings at various stages, if chch people are into.
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby akaxo » Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:50 am

keen on zucchini if you have any of them spare. also going to have a few cucumbers spare.
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Re: Vege Garden 2010 / 2011

Postby dustbinflowers » Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:49 pm

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