Build a Hot Compost from start to finish with experienced tutors
Puhoi – Tuesday June 6th
1pm – 4pm
This is a FREE event
please register by contacting Pip on 0217 22266 or firstname.lastname@example.org for address and other details
This course is run by the Compost Collective and supported by Auckland Council
Phone Phillippa Beagley on 4220009 if you would like to attend her composting trouble-shooting workshop this Saturday, starting at 10am.
( preferably as weed-eaters rather than for the pot)
One ram, three to four years old, keen to mate
Two ram lambs, November-born, already interested
Two ewe lambs, November-born, keen to graze and grow without being
bothered by the boys
Two young ewes,circa two years old, possibly, but not guaranteed,
already in lamb (ewes are allowed their secrets, too)
All sheep shorn and drenched
$70 per animal
Other possible combinations on enquiry to Judith Williams, Ahuroa Road, Puhoi.
Call her on 09 4220181 to talk about your property, and whether it is
suitable for sheep.
[from Julie-Anna Child]
Information on a Level 3 Organic Horticulture course beginning in Silverdale, on Mondays in March. Please pass this on to friends who might be interested in taking part.
[from Maree Drury (email@example.com) ]
Requesting any NZ flax plants that people may want to get rid of. We are looking for a large supply of flax to plant on some banks,
Maree ph 4220195
In the ongoing war against invasive weeds Sorrel and the Fiddlers hill brigade have had some successes, with a working bee last week. Next in the firing line is the tutsan (pdf).
If you’d like to help you can contact Sorrel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorrel O’Leary here of Krippner Road ( next to Straka’s before the hill). I am writing to you to draw attention to and express concern, in fact growing alarm at the convovulus that is rapidly taking over large swathes of the creekside planting done some years back by the landcare group. When this plant first appeared several years ago, Emily’s mother ( lives on the hill above the planting, with the goats) made an attempt to control it, but as with most of us, full time work means not enough time for the land. It has now killed a number of trees in the planting and is spreading through Torban’s property next door and into our property as well. We have been hand controlling this basically unkillable weed for a few years now, but other property owners need to be involved. Anybody who drives through Orewa can see the results on the end reserve, if this weed is allowed to go unchecked.
I have spoken to Bill of the landcare group and he came and sprayed a small section a month ago to judge the effect of this, but said there were so few members of the group active that they could not really help. I tried to speak to Pippa, another community leader who I thought might have some ideas, but she is away at present, so I thought I would try and open a discussion of the problem by contacting you. The Auckland Council has this advice. http://www.nrc.govt.nz/Environment/Weed-and-pest-control/Pest-plants/Climbing-plants/Bindweeds/ We have found a combination of handcontrol and spraying to at least slow it down, as roots can go down to 14 m it is impossible to dig out. As all properties in Puhoi will eventually be infected by this weed if it remains uncontrolled, I wonder if there is some community mobilisation we can effect, of Krippner Road residents at least, to organise a group to initially hand control it along the planting. Grazing can also keep this pest under control at least, if not eliminated.
[if anyone has any suggestions about how we could coordinate some of this work, especially now the landcare group is very undermanned, we’d be interested. A working bee, with beer, could be the solution;-) – Ed]