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Garden by daltxguy posted 01-01-2010 01:29 AM 1650 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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daltxguy

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hardiness zone 4a

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I have several gardens really, a vegetable and herb garden and some fledgling fruit trees ( cherry, peach, fejoia, grapes) around the house in Murchison, NZ and a forest property 12km (8 miles) away that I also consider a garden. Over time the 50 acres of plantation pine will be slowly transformed into a food forest using permaculture principles. For now it’s a tree garden!

I am now also sharing a balcony garden in Oshawa, Canada with my Mom and soon there will be a farm garden in Ottawa, Canada.

The first picture is taken inside the pine forest, the second is the first peach on 3 yo Golden Queen peach tree ( which does really well locally) taken at the NZ house garden. The picture of the misted mountain is, in fact the pine forest taken from a distance. Those are 25 year old Radiata pines.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau


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Radicalfarmergal

4312 posts in 3049 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 01-01-2010 08:07 AM

Hello and welcome to GT. I look forward to learning more about your adventures as you turn your pine plantation into a diverse food forest. Sounds like an exciting and rewarding project. If you enjoy reading and have some free time, you might enjoy this book: The Trees in My Forest, of Springs and New Beginnings by Bernd Heinrich. It pertains to a New England forest ecosystem rather than New Zealand’s native plants and animals but you still might enjoy his journey.

I really liked the photo of the pasture with the mountain and mist in the background. Do you raise livestock, too? I notice you are not far from Abel Tasman National Park. In my younger days, I kayaked/camped there and also bicycled/camped from Christchurch to Greymouth. You live in a beautiful country; I would love to return someday.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Greenthumb

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posted 01-01-2010 09:41 AM

Nice Spot!

Enjoy the site

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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jroot

5121 posts in 3417 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 01-01-2010 11:13 AM

Welcome to GT. I’ve never been to New Zealand, and look forward to hearing abouit and seeing your successful gardening ventures in 2010.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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daltxguy

882 posts in 2884 days
hardiness zone 4a

posted 01-02-2010 05:15 AM

Thanks for the nice welcome and comments.

Robin, yes we are about 2 hours from Abel Tasman though we are inland, preferring the mountains, trees and rivers to the beach and the ocean. The climate here is therefore 1 zone lower, we get more rain and a little less sun than up in ‘Golden Bay’. You were brave to cycle from Chch to Greymouth, when I cycled the s.island, we took the train on that part and cycled starting from Greymouth.
Thanks for the book tip, I’ll see if I can find it here.
Also, no livestock, we have no pasture currently. We do have wild goats and pigs in our forest, however!

As you know our seasons are the reverse to the N. Hemisphere, so I hope to share some garden successes as we begin to harvest our bounty this summer. Being quite mild here, we can and do garden through the winter with some cool weather plants. The addition of a small greenhouse will maybe allow us to grow other interesting things too throughout the winter as well.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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