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Mt Eden Community Garden – updates

February 13th, 2013

It has been a busy summer in the community garden.   A small group of gardeners have been coming most weekends and we have a flourishing garden.despite the lack of rain.  We have had a lot of surprises coming out of our compost, especially with kamo kamo and pumpkins.   On the longest day we harvested the garlic crop and the rhubarb is flourishing, the tomatoes are finally starting to ripen with the under planting of basil .We have plans afoot for 2013 to make the garden more productive.  We would love more gardeners to come and join us on Sundays between 2-4pm.  If you are interested please give Michele a ring on 021 216 1684 or 6300789 in the evenings.

The garden is located behind the Mt Eden Bowling Club and our website is www.mecg.co.nz

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Food production on a small scale – one year in Ken Clarks garden:

May 22nd, 2012

For those of you who have been to one of our Square Foot Garden workshops, you will know that you don’t need a lot of space or time to produce some of your food. Ken Clark, the master of the Square foot garden technique has kept a diary of the amount of food he produces on his 830m2 section in Waiheke. This is what he harvested: 34 bunches of asparagus, 37kg tomatoes, 8kg courgette, 4kg beans, 214 cucumbers, 277 capsicum, 456 passion fruit as well as ongoing supply of lettuce and silver beet

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11-15 April – 11th Australasian Permaculture convergence in Turangi near Taupo

March 18th, 2012

The 11th Australasian Permaculture Convergence, running in Turangi from April 11-15th, will see more than 500 people planning, designing and creating a resilient future – through permaculture in practice: urban design, sustainable transport, community economics, seed saving etc.

Keynote speaker and co-founder of Permaculture Bill Mollison will be emphasising the imperative to address the economic dimensions of our global crisis.

“…it’s no good any longer just being an organic gardener or farmer, we have to be effective financial and political units. We have to become bankers just as we have had to become seed savers.”

With peak oil, climate change and an unsustainable monetary system impacting us from all directions, this event comes at a time when we need it most.

In addition to Mr Mollison, a range of expert local international and local speakers will facilitate interactive workshops on transforming natural and human environments into healthy, connected and sustainable landscapes.

Find out more about this event: http://apc11.co.nz/

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Keeping chickens in the city – MEVP workshop

February 29th, 2012

March: Sunday 25.03.2011

This is a site visit at Gail’s garden where she will tell us what you need to get started, what they should eat and how to raise your chickens from a fertile egg.  You will learn the guidelines of keeping chickens in the city, tips on housing them and other titbits of information.
This workshop covers:
* Benefits of having chickens
* Housing requirements and rules
* Feeding
* Hatching and rearing
* Health and  wellbeing
* All about eggs
* Miscellaneous and troubleshooting
* Benefits of different breeds
* How to adopted a chicken
About Gail Batten:
When Gail came back from a woofing (working on organic farms) holiday a year ago, she was given some fertilised eggs as a farewell present.  Back in Auckland she managed to borrow a hen from a friend of hers to sit on the eggs. A few weeks later she had baby chicks, a chook house and later lots of eggs for breakfast. In December last year she obtained more fertilised eggs and now the chook house is full of life, eggs and entertainment.

Other useful Web sites:
www.mypetchicken.com
www.urbanchickens.org
www.omlet.co.uk – ideas for some funky chicken runs
www.heslipshatcheries.co.nz- South Island hatchery who sells day old chicks and hen houses country wide.
www.rarebreeds.co.nz – great site to find breeders of pure breed chickens

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CCS Master Gardening program winter 2012

February 8th, 2012

Then come along to the Master Gardener course – a practical, hands-on course which teaches people to become gardeners – and gardeners to become master gardeners.  This course is accessible for every body.

The course is taught by a stunning line-up of New Zealand’s organic gardening experts and will show you how to create your own successful organic garden and contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly urban environment.

Basic topics covered include getting started and garden design using permaculture principles, soil health and how to maintain it by using various garden techniques, introductory botany, herb cultivation, composting, worm farming, growing fruit trees suited for our region successfully, managing pests and diseases by various organically safe methods, successfully saving seeds, creating food forests, and tools that make it easy.

The next course starts on Saturday 9 June and is held weekly 9:30-12:30 until 11 August for 10 weeks at CCS Disability Action at 14 Erson Avenue in Royal Oak.

Booking: Contact Scott Thiemann on 09 625 9811 or by email scott.thiemann@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz for the extended course description. Registration closes Friday, 1 June.

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Upcoming Square Foot Gardening workshop, 19.02.2012

February 2nd, 2012

Square foot gardening with Ken Clark from Waiheke

Starting: 10.30am, Duration: 1-1.30 hours
Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

This is a unique chance to learn all you need to know to start and maximise food production in the city from one of New Zealand’s most successful square foot gardeners. Square foot gardening is a perfect solution for city gardens as it produces 70% more food than conventional gardens with less work. Ken will also share practical tips to improve your organic gardening skills and talk about soil maintenance, home-made organic fertiliser and seed saving.
What to expect:
The workshops cover everything from seeds and organic gardening.
You will get the chance to design your own Square foot garden on a map that you can take home.
A flyer with gardening and soil information will be handed out outlining the workshop.
After this workshop you can set up your own SFG garden and start your food production.
To set up your own Square foot garden takes one hour.
About Ken Clark and Square foot gardening:
Ken first learnt about square foot gardening about 20 years ago. He proceeded to do it his own way for 17 years. 5 years ago he retired to Waiheke Island & started SFG in earnest. Ken lives on a small size section and produces an abundance of fruit and veges using the Square foot gardening method. SFG advocates growing only what you need on a weekly basis. It is a fantastic system for busy people who wish to have a more sustainable life and organically grow food with the minimum fuss and effort.

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February: Sunday 24.02.2013

November 3rd, 2011

Square Foot Gardening

Starting: 10.30am, Duration: 1-1.30 hours

Tutor: Ken Clark, SFG master from Waiheke
Location:  Mt Eden Village
Contribution: $20.00

Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

Square foot gardening with Ken Clark from Waiheke
This is a unique chance to learn all you need to know to start and maximise food production in the city from one of New Zealand’s most successful square foot gardeners. Square foot gardening is a perfect solution for city gardens as it produces 70% more food than conventional gardens with less work. Ken will also share practical tips to improve your organic gardening skills and talk about soil maintenance, home-made organic fertiliser and seed saving.

What to expect:

  • The workshops cover everything from seeds and organic gardening.
  • You will get the chance to design your own Square foot garden on a map that you can take home.
  • A flyer with gardening and soil information will be handed out outlining the workshop.
  • After this workshop you can set up your own SFG garden and start your food production.
  • To set up your own Square foot garden takes one hour.

About Ken Clark and Square foot gardening:
Ken first learnt about square foot gardening about 20 years ago. He proceeded to do it his own way for 17 years. 5 years ago he retired to Waiheke Island & started SFG in earnest. Ken lives on a small size section and produces an abundance of fruit and veges using the Square foot gardening method. SFG advocates growing only what you need on a weekly basis. It is a fantastic system for busy people who wish to have a more sustainable life and organically grow food with the minimum fuss and effort.

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April: Sunday 28.04.2013

November 3rd, 2011

Square Foot Gardening

Starting: 10.30am, Duration: 1-1.30 hours

Tutor: Ken Clark, SFG master from Waiheke
Location:  Mt Eden Village
Contribution: $20.00

Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

Square foot gardening with Ken Clark from Waiheke
This is a unique chance to learn all you need to know to start and maximise food production in the city from one of New Zealand’s most successful square foot gardeners. Square foot gardening is a perfect solution for city gardens as it produces 70% more food than conventional gardens with less work. Ken will also share practical tips to improve your organic gardening skills and talk about soil maintenance, home-made organic fertiliser and seed saving.

What to expect:

  • The workshops cover everything from seeds and organic gardening.
  • You will get the chance to design your own Square foot garden on a map that you can take home.
  • A flyer with gardening and soil information will be handed out outlining the workshop.
  • After this workshop you can set up your own SFG garden and start your food production.
  • To set up your own Square foot garden takes one hour.

About Ken Clark and Square foot gardening:
Ken first learnt about square foot gardening about 20 years ago. He proceeded to do it his own way for 17 years. 5 years ago he retired to Waiheke Island & started SFG in earnest. Ken lives on a small size section and produces an abundance of fruit and veges using the Square foot gardening method. SFG advocates growing only what you need on a weekly basis. It is a fantastic system for busy people who wish to have a more sustainable life and organically grow food with the minimum fuss and effort.

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Fruit tree pruning workshop – shared results

October 25th, 2011

This approximately 4 year old Macadamia tree was pruned by workshop tutor Ken during the recent MEVP pruning workshop. Cutting out the central leader was probably perceived as totally butchering the tree not just by its gasping owners but by every single participant of the workshop.

3 month later, the tree shows extraordinary signs of health and vigour with its first ever catkins everywhere and in particular inside the now light-penetrated crown.

If one has ever hesitated to prune out the central leader – here is the evidence, it is working well in favour of the tree and the nut saviours of the future.

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Square Foot Gardening workshop, 16.10.2011

October 1st, 2011

Square Foot Gardening with Ken Clark from Waiheke

Ken first learnt about Square Foot Gardening about 22 years ago. He proceeded to do it his own way for 17 years, 35ears ago he retired to Waiheke Island & started SFG in earnest.

Ken lives on a small size section and produces an abundance of fruit and veges using the Square Foot Gardening method. SFG advocates growing only what you need on a weekly basis. It is a fantastic system for busy people who wish to have a more sustainable life and great home grown food with the minimum fuss and effort. The workshops cover everything from seeds to eating and building a Square Foot Garden.

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