- #1652327TedEMemberMember since: May 6, 2006
Replies: 2018TedE November 15, 2017 at 9:22 am
Dr, worm farms thrive on green garden waste and kitchen scraps, no need to give them sandwiches while the ranchers are away.
TedE - Papakura -#1652501drlivingstone November 15, 2017 at 10:38 pm
TedE, True.In 1982 I tried to make representations to The Christchurch City Council to put in place worm composting trials as part of a recycling policy.I travelled to Motueka and acquired 1000 Red Wriggler Worms bred by a John Stemmer in The Brooklyn Valley. It was a battle in Christchurch in 1980s trying to convince engineers of the worth of composting Or indeed RECYCLING let alone with WORMS.
Peoples Republic Of Christchurch#1652538halcyonMemberMember since: May 4, 2014
Replies: 4387halcyon November 16, 2017 at 10:20 am
About 70 years ago I met the gardener on a big sheep station. I was intrigued by the way he dug a trench and filled it with vegetable waste and weeds. He had a great garden.
This example stood me in good stead. I still bury our vegetable scraps and other garden waste. It is rewarding the re-dig the ground some time later and see the dark soil where the scraps were buried. It also greatly reduces the amount of rubbish we put out for council collection.#1652541drlivingstone November 16, 2017 at 10:36 am
I had an early start this morning 730am as we put together another raised garden in the Later Bloomers Garden Clubs Community Garden. A younger man dug out the stony ground to place the garden in holes and we have just finished its construction. We have a waiting list of enthusiastic gardeners.We,ll be encouraging the worms too This afternoon we are filling it with soil and biomix mixture We have 11 residents keen to grow veges herbs etc
Peoples Republic Of Christchurch#1652582halcyonMemberMember since: May 4, 2014
Replies: 4387halcyon November 16, 2017 at 11:46 am
Great to hear Doc. Not only are they accessing healthy vegetables and getting exercise while doing so, but hopefully they are able to live cheaper than having to buy their veges.
It is a great pity that others didn’t emulate that practice. Keep on encouraging them. 😀#1652597drlivingstone November 16, 2017 at 12:22 pm
Just enjoyed broad beans in there pod fresh from our garden for lunch with lashings NZ Butter.Usually have to buy frozen ones when on special.Admired the Scarlet runners climbing the fences, the various types of lettuces, a cranberry bush fruiting and herbs,like sage,rosemary, chicory,coriander, parsley and mints cabbages, and many varieties of potatoes, Silver beet celery, tomatoes and all.The surplus of each participant is shared.Lovely day in paradise.
Peoples Republic Of Christchurch#1661067drlivingstone January 5, 2018 at 11:24 am
So China stops taking the Worlds Waste ? What does that mean for Aotearoa New Zealand?
Peoples Republic Of Christchurch#1661151bobbityMemberMember since: September 14, 2006
Replies: 7444bobbity January 6, 2018 at 1:16 am
The gardens sound wonderful Doc, seing all the names of veg and herbs you mentioned is so encouraging. Do you do liquid manures as well> Animal ones and vegetation ones? Animal manures keep the vegies tasting sweet.
Halcyon I also love to dig the scraps directly into the garden, great stuff.
Some people grow wonderful veg in gardens that have no soil at all. They build high gardens with straw and grass clippings and plant directly into these items. I still prefer good old soil though and I like high gardens now because of restrictions in my life. 🙂
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♫♪✿(◠‿◠)✿♥♫♪#1661153drlivingstone January 6, 2018 at 7:37 am
Bobbity, Happy New Year and Good morning Desi and I have been enjoying .for a few weeks young scarlet runner beans every night nearly. A new Dutch lady has joined our Late Bloomers garden club and she has vegetables like snow peas, endive and some form of witloof plus various herbs, a chili all coming along nicely. We have sweet peas variety “Unwin Mixed”climbing up a steel frame ,parsley and the good old faithful rainbow silver beet coming along too.We did use horse poo once but mostly rely on other additives.Another fine day in Christchurch a wee bit blowy though.Cheers, 😀
Peoples Republic Of Christchurch#1661238bobbityMemberMember since: September 14, 2006
Replies: 7444bobbity January 7, 2018 at 12:08 am
Thanks Doc, and I do hope you and Desi have a lovely year ahead of you.
I love sweet peas and as a child I used to rush in to mum to tell her every time a new colour, and with it a new perfume, arrived. They are not grown in home gardens as much as they were then I suspect. Do the various colours of silver beet taste the same? Have never tried them.
A little story about a friend in Waihi area who had horses and as you can imagine their garden thrived, and oddly enough the soil was much the same colour as the horse poo. You could say the poo won… 🙂 Anyway, we were eating a salad along with home ground organic wheat bread, (which was delicious with home made cape gooseberry jam, and only one piece was needed to satisfy), and I asked what the dressing was in the salad as it was so delicious. The answer was, absolutely none, yet the very dark green lettuce and dark green celery and other dark greens in there were as sweet as. It was the animal manure that made it sweet. Apparently the organic growers are not allowed to use animal poo, something to do with gases from memory. I have yet to find an organic veg in the shops that tastes anything like the genuine home grown variety…
Have fun and more success with it all this year. 🙂
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