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Motueka Food Group
updated 17 Mar 2009
The rising cost of oil strongly affects our food supply in two areas: the cost of transporting food from the other side of the world and the increasing cost of inputs to grow, harvest, process, and store our food. We are, therefore, strongly motivated to create a local, organic food supply. Added benefits are the strengthening of the local economy and better health.
Some of the issues that people are working on include the following: » Read more
Hi everyone, my apologies but we will have to take a break in the diaries. My scibe and technical support, the lovely Gaile had a stroke on Friday and wont be using a computer for a while. Who knows whats around the corner. Keep gardening Grant
What a stunning few days! No excuses for not having got into the vege garden this weekend and caught up with things unless, of course, you happen to have slipped on the morning ice and broken something. These frosts are a good reminder of not getting carried away with tender stuff too early outside.
The rain is back - turning into a wet early spring, but at least the frosts are holding off. Have been picking some nice caulis and broccoli this week, as have other people. Interesting to note that these were planted in May, looked like they were doing nothing over winter, and then they came away in the spring. Remember for next year! » Read more
Definite signs that spring is on the way - Tree Lucerne and Wattle in flower and spray buses humming throughout the district. A few warm nights and things are moving. With some fruit trees such as plum coming into blossom, lack of wild bees is a real problem and if your trees are still quite small, you may need to consider doing some hand-pollinating.
updated 20 Aug 2009
Just as things were starting to dry out a little bit, back comes the rain - 60mm in 24 hours recorded here so, once again, do not try and work your ground that is too wet. You will do damage that will last all season to the soil structure. It can be very frustrating. Day and night temperatures have warmed, but don't be fooled, the cold weather is bound to return before things settle.