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Old Aug 27th 2016, 6:44 pm   #46
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All this talk about cucumbers made me wonder about polytunnels.

A quick search suggests that such things are available in NZ, however it wouldn't take much space to bring a new one across.

Anyone here using a polytunnel to grow cucumbers (or even the dreaded tomato)?
Depends where you intend to live (and the space you have). Up north (Kerikeri) you dont really need one. My tomato/cucumber plants went in the garden a few weeks ago and are growing fine - along with the lettuce/beans/silverbeet. A few plants will meet most couples needs so a proper polytunnel would be overkill - down south a coldframe or a cheapo small pvc m² greenhouse with a heating pad or cable would bring your plants along nicely.
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Old Aug 28th 2016, 3:21 pm   #47
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I was looking to extend the season a bit at both ends; perhaps even make my fortune selling midwinter cucumbers.

Not sure where we are heading at the moment, apart from probably North Island probably no further south than Tauranga.

Our short term planning is on hold at the moment after it finally sank in that if we get all the paperwork done by around October 2017 we don't actually HAVE to move until early 2020 (after nipping across a.s.ap in 2017 to activate our visas).

So our future is a bit uncertain and relies on things like exchange rates and how long our ageing cats survive. They are 20 years old this year and vary between looking as though they won't last the week out and looking good for another 5 years.

Anyway, this doesn't stop us thinking about what we might like to do, and what to bring with us.
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Old Oct 19th 2016, 7:18 am   #48
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I still monitor cucumber prices daily down here in Dunedin, my old mum says it's good to have a hobby. Keeps me out of mischief.

It's about 3 months ago since Cucumbers hit their eye watering peak of $5.99 each, now they're down to a slightly less unaffordable $3.29, still way outside of the budget of the Barnsleymat household. When I see them sat on the Countdown shelf shimmering over in the salad section I sometimes just stand and stare at them, very similar to when I see one of those huge curved TV's in the window of Harvey Normans. Like the curved TV's they look look so tempting but sadly out of reach to a commoner like me.

When I leave these shores I promise not to just leave Cucumber News to die, I plan to take it international.
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Old Oct 19th 2016, 8:15 am   #49
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I'm paying under $2 for cucumbers here in the wops of Canterbury ... you're being well ripped off in Dunedin.
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Cucumbers were $2.49 each at my usual supermarket in Auckland last weekend so I had started to think that I might treat myself to two of them next weekend.

I was in there today though and the price was back up to $3.29 each so the idea of having two cucumbers remains a pipe-dream.
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I had to go and ask Mr Google if there was any significance in dreaming about cucumbers.

Apparently;

To see of eating a cucumber in your dream indicates that by paying your long term debt as soon as possible, you will reach relief with a small effort in a shorter time.

To see a fresh cucumber in a dream signifies debt which will be paid quickly. If you see a soft cucumber in your dream, it refers to debt which will be paid by having trouble.


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We're both being ripped off but us in Dunedin are being ripped off much more.
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We're both being ripped off but us in Dunedin are being ripped off much more.

Yup, still only 42p in Tescos in the middle of October.
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We've grown them in the past in the greenhouse, I've already got my tomato and chilli plants on the go so I might just stick a few cucumber plants in next weekend. They're not hard to grow. We'll be awash with salad stuff by the end of summer.
I've also got my japanese radishes and other salad and veg crops planted or sown in the garden cos I love a bit of fresh crunchy stuff with my meals.
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You will know that you are in trouble when they start putting security tags on the cucumbers.
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I've been checking cucumber prices on our travels, here are my findings.

Australia (Aldi) AUS$1
Australia (Coles) AUS$2
Hong Kong (M&S) £1.50 - imported from Spain
Hong Kong (Supermarket) £2
UK (Asda) 42p

Dunedin whopping NZ$5.99 (£3.43) is going to take some beating.
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I've been checking cucumber prices on our travels, here are my findings.

Australia (Aldi) AUS$1
Australia (Coles) AUS$2
Hong Kong (M&S) £1.50 - imported from Spain
Hong Kong (Supermarket) £2
UK (Asda) 42p

Dunedin whopping NZ$5.99 (£3.43) is going to take some beating.
Countdown today $2.79 or two for $5 so your figures are incorrect. Do you work for the polling industry :-)
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$5.99 was the highest price and the lowest we saw before leaving Dunedin was $3.29.

For a cucumber!!!!!! One bloody cucumber.

Comes to something when a notoriously over priced British shop in a notoriously expensive city with possibly the highest rents in the world can fly cucumbers over from Spain and still have them cheaper than NZ cucumbers in NZ.
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$5.99 was the highest price and the lowest we saw before leaving Dunedin was $3.29.

For a cucumber!!!!!! One bloody cucumber.

Comes to something when a notoriously over priced British shop in a notoriously expensive city with possibly the highest rents in the world can fly cucumbers over from Spain and still have them cheaper than NZ cucumbers in NZ.
So do you always go to the extreme when exaggerating differences - if Harrods sells cucumbers bet they are £5 each :-)
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$3.29 is the cheapest cucumbers I saw before leaving Dunedin, I'm not sure what you want me to report. I can lie if you want but then Cucumber News loses it's reputation of being the number one place to get the latest news on Cucumbers.

It's almost winter here in Yorkshire and cucumbers are £0.42 and in the winter in Dunedin they're priced at $5.99 (£3.42). That's over 8 times more expensive.

Don't get me started on peppers.......
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