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Old Jan 21st 2014, 8:04 pm
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Cool Show us your home growns.

So. Big Stuey mentioned the obligatory vege patch in another thread. Most all NZ homes around us have a vege patch. I can't think of one that hasn't TBH

So. Show us your home growns. Be they the humble patio pots or the mighty vege garden.

BourbonBIscuit. I'm thinking you'll have something on the go, somehow
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Old Jan 21st 2014, 9:40 pm
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I'm sorry I'm a bit unsure how to download photos. I have a number of pottage gardens - mostly raised beds. In amongst the flowers and swan plants there are red onions, spring onions, courgettes, 3 varieties of toms, cucumbers, carrots, basil, chives, mint, radishes, chillies and lettuce. It's all looking gloriously riotous and colourful. Stuff just keeps growing and ripening at an amazing - almost alarming rate. I've just turned a kg of carrots into chutney, and I'm gearing up to start on the tomatoes next. ( I'll try and download a photo of my red onions - they're huge and Im proud! )

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Strawberries, red onions, rhubarb, tomatoes, silver-beet, lemons, grapefruit and beans on the go here. Not in huge quantities but they all help.
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A guy at work brings in eggs, from his chickens at home. He has eight and gets an egg a day from them. That's many eggs.
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BourbonBIscuit. I'm thinking you'll have something on the go, somehow
Oh, I wish! We have only just moved into a rental - been in short term furnished all this time! We moved in the week before xmas but then we had already arranged house sitting for 3 weeks, so we've only been in here a fortnight ... And I am doing summer school so not much time on hands. It's a bit ho-hum in a rental cos one never knows how long one has. However, I grew toms in buckets quite well, as well as some herbs and have now started on a herb garden proper as I know I'll get my money back on that even if we only stay here a year. I've turned my attention to reviving woody roses and dead heading stuff for now. I put a rosemary in as soon as we arrived and tidied up what was already here but i have little inclination to do much else
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Old Jan 29th 2014, 11:53 pm
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I can understand that BB.

TBH I've had a little ennui about my vege garden this year. It seems to be the year of the mega fast growing weed and I haven't been able to keep up with the whole garden area.

I've some tomatoes and sweetcorn . The garlic failed . Not sure why. Carrots are on the go but little else. No wish to plant silverbeet. Even the hens don't like it much.

The herbs are doing their own thing . So is the rhubarb. The blackboy peaches will soon be ready. The pear & apple trees we planted are doing well and for the first time ever , we have kiwifruit coming on the vine we planted a few years ago. That's a bit exciting in a way.

I've fed the citrus ready for their winter season although there is always the odd fruit there to be used.

The raised vege beds themselves are somewhat bare though. The potatoes are all vine . I've no idea why. A friend of mine had her potato plants fruit .

The hens are laying. The duck is off the lay at the moment which I am pleased about.

I'd really like to see your pottage beds Hokey-Pokey. Sounds fab TBH.
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BEVS you could start up you're own organic market stall. All sounds lovely to me.
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Thanks but it looks empty & neglected TBH. I'm not keen on runner beans which are the thing to plant right now but I will be putting in some leeks.

I tend to give away any surplus to those I know who haven't got some of the things that grow in our garden. Lemons for instance. No-one around here should ever have to buy a lemon . I know someone that will take as many grapefruit as I can pick. Someone else is a wizz at making jams so they get my surplus soft fruit that I don't wish to freeze and I get a jar or two of wonderful jam in return.
Works for us anyway.
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Oh I love making grapefruit marmalade! Once perfected, toasted vogels and marmalade cheers every morning!
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Originally Posted by bourbon-biscuit View Post
Oh I love making grapefruit marmalade! Once perfected, toasted vogels and marmalade cheers every morning!
Do you ? Pal of mine does a 3 citrus one.

I can't seem to make jam and marmalade at all
I have difficulty with cakes too although I make them anyway, regardless.
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Jam and maramlade making are for calm contemplative* people cos there are no short cuts. Are you that sort of person, or are you a rush-around-doer? My pal here has the most incredible garden - absolutely incredible, and she puts 30+ hrs a week into it in summer, she's also best cook i've ever known but she cannot make jam or marmalade - she is too much of a doer. Me, I'm perfectly happy tinkering over the stove for yonks testing set points and not hurrying anything.

*i am lazy so fall into this category by default, lol
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Having a garden and being able to grow our own food is something we want to be able to do. Where we live now we have a polytunnel, greenhouse and cold frames and still struggle as the growing season is so short and winters so cold.
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Here you just chuck stuff in and it grows, and grows, and grows! Watermelons, aubergines, lemons, chili peppers, etc. .... But some people on here will INSIST that the climate is really not much different to the UK's at all
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 7:23 pm
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I know BB. Makes me giggle.

Our micro climate for growing things reminds me a bit of South Italy. Around Vesuvius. Several harvests of all kinds of everything year round.

I shall contemplate my jam approach & get back to you.
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Well all things are not exactly equal! We're in Auckland where we're dealing with pure stinky acidic clay, so the only things we can grow with any success are vases and ashtrays.

Scratch the surface and your directly into solid clay that you can cut into slices with your spade if it's wet. We have little success at all, except for stuff in pots and this year early summer was such a drag with weather that most seeds and things we planted early on got waterlogged and died before they got going. Gardens around here have no proper soil as such and during the summer it's dry, cracked and hard as rock and then squelchy wet and slimy in winter. Few things, besides weeds of course, will tolerate the wetness.

No amount of mulching and digging in sacks of lime and gypsum has had any effect and most of it is just impossible to dig - the best option is simply to cover it over with 'landscaping' features - stones, scoria and bark. Besides if the rain and wind doesn't succeed in flattening everything then the ensuing humidity that brings mould and mildew issues will finish things off nicely.

I just have one raised bed with some tomato plants that went totally wild in the rains over Xmas; I have given up and can't even face up to dealing with them or trying to support them in anyway.
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