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Master gardener program spring 2011

October 1st, 2011

Master gardener program spring 2011 at the CCS Disability Action Community Gardens

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.

The next course starts on Saturday 1 October and is held weekly 9:30-12:30 until 10 December for 10 weeks at CCS Disability Action at 14 Erson Avenue in Royal Oak. Contact: Scott Thiemann

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.  PLUS a couple of field trips to well-established gardens organised by some of the most knowledgeable people in the field.  PLUS many opportunities to practice the art right here in our own gardens.  PLUS multiple plant starts and seeds to take home.  There’s more?  YES, plus the opportunity to learn all of this in the comraderie of others of similar mind.

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Mt Eden Community Garden

August 16th, 2011

As winter is now in full swing and the garden growth has slowed right down, we have been doing maintenance. We have built 4 additional raised garden beds out of old pallets and have planted another strawberry bed. Currently growing in the garden we have garlic, leeks, sweet peas, beetroot and much more. If you are interested in coming down and meeting the gardeners we meet every Sunday (weather permitting) between 2-4pm. If you want to be involved please contact Michele via email: or by mobile: 021 2161684 or go to

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Community garden updates

January 24th, 2011

The Mt Eden community garden is in place and ready for the 2011 and 2012 growing season. We have water now available on site and 5 raised beds. Despite the dry summer most of the plants have survived thanks to Chrissie Hopkins and her family who watered it over the long Christmas break.

Now most of us are back from holiday we will be doing some serious weeding, sorting out of the beds for replanting and laying down some carpet, which has been donated to us, to keep the Kikuyu under control.

Plans for this year also include setting up a committee with a focus on fund raising, hopefully  putting in two new raised beds and getting the Bokashi trenching working.
We hope to have all sorts of activities around the garden, especially mid winter planting of garlic, a picnic in Spring and  some music to celebrate the coming together of gardeners. If you are interested in getting involved or just donating seedlings contact Michele on 630 0789(evenings) M: 021 216 1684  E:

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Updates: Fruit trees on Maungawhau

November 17th, 2010

The fruit trees on Maungawhau are looking great and we have received lots of encouraging feedback for this project. Together with the Friends of Maungawhau we are now planning our next fruit  tree planting day on Mt Eden for 2011. This is a great  opportunity for our community to get together and plant free fruit for the  future. The fruit trees also extend the international heritage value in relation ship to food plants. Fruit trees on Maungawahu not only make the walk on the mountain more enjoyable, they are also a wonderful source of food for bees, birds and humans alike.

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Fruit tree planting in parks and reserves:

September 3rd, 2010

The 131 community fruit trees that council planted with the funding from our local board are in the ground. Now all we have to do is wait until they are big trees and produce fruit. We have now a selection of : Walnut, Nectarine, Peach, Apple Monty’s Surprise, Avocado, Feijoa, Plum, Guava, Pear, Mandarin in our parks. We love our new fruit trees and decided to visit them. Tim, who just joined our fruit tree group, went to visit the fruit trees in Watling, Morvern and Potters park and reported back that all trees look really healthy. You can see some picture of our young community fruit trees below.

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Community Garden

September 2nd, 2010

The Mount Eden Community Garden group has just received the soil test back for the new site in Poronui Street, just behind the Bowling Club. The test is not as bad as the one from the first suggested site, however the site land has enough contamination that we do not want to plant edible plants directly into the soil. So we are going to go ahead  with raised beds using a geotextile barrier.  Hopefully we will start  putting in the raised beds in September.

Michelle has been in touch with Metro Water to get the water back on so we will be able to water the  garden during the summer.  We are trying to keep the costs down and we have found some stakable wooden sleeves on Trade instead of the more expensive raised garden beds. We intend to buy 16 of them, 1 x 1.2 metres,  which will start our garden. There will be a working bee, rubbing in linseed oil into the sleeves to extend their life. After that, we can arrange for the soil to be delivered so we can get the first part of the garden off the ground. Please contact Michele if you are interested in participating.

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Grafting workshop

September 1st, 2010

The grafting workshop was a much smaller group and everyone in the group got a chance to graft with Ken Clarks feedback and supervision. We also learned that grafting can causes accidents. Unfortunately one women cut her finger, but luckily it was not too deep and a plaster did the job.

It was wonderful to learn how to graft onto rootstock and being able to get exactly that fruit tree that you want into your garden. In my case, it is a plum tree from a friend of ours that I admired and now I will graft from it.

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Fruit trees for Auckland

May 31st, 2010

Supermarket food prices have risen 28 per cent in the last year. With GST going up to 15%, once again we have to deal with the fact that food prices will increase further. Planting fruit trees in Auckland can help families save money on their grocery bill and secure free and healthy food for the future.

We are now collecting locations for possible fruit tree planting so we can continue to work together with council in 2011 once our current trial project has finished.

If you would like to have a fruit tree on the grass verge in front of your house or if you can suggest another location in your neighbourhood, please go to our fruit tree website and send us your preferred location details.

Please send us details of potential locations for neighbourhood fruit trees by signing up on our website.
All suggestions will be assessed for suitability before locations are chosen.

or join us on our facebook group to support this trial project:

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Community Garden Update

May 13th, 2010

Soil testing was done by the Council in January this year on the Old  Mt Eden womens bowling green and it was found to have a high level of  carcinogenic contaminants.  This report was presented to the Eden/ Albert Community Board in March.

They been trying to decide what to  do with the site, ie: decontaminate it or not. The Community Garden group are still interested in the site and have been fundraising to put in raised beds with a barrier (Geotextile) that would prevent any contamination between the growing medium and the green. We still hope to establish a Community Garden in Mt Eden.

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Free worm juice for the community garden

May 7th, 2010

The worm farm at the Essential Deli is producing lots of worm juice. We collect this wonderful organic fertiliser for the Wilton Street community garden in Grey Lynn since we are still waiting for the site approval for a community garden in Mt Eden village.

Worm juice is very high in nutrients and can be used as a liquid fertiliser by diluting with 10 parts of water. Diluted vermi-liquid can be used on office plants and in the garden.

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