Updates, etc

With Sustainable Backyards Month coming up – you all knew it was March, right? – I’ve updated the Events page. Some of the events are free and many are low cost so if you’ve ever wanted to find out more about foraging for free food, worm farms, having a sustainable garden or permaculture this is your chance.

There are plenty of other events coming up that aren’t connected to Sustainable Backyards – including a free talk on cycads given by Janine Gray on March 16 at her Coast Palms and Cycads nursery (between Papamoa and Te Puke). Janine will be the featured gardener in the Bay of Plenty Times on March 9.

And if you’re interested in tropical-look plants, check out the listing for the Australasian Bromeliad Conference which is in Auckland from March 14-18. Among the guest speakers is Elton Leme, a high court judge in his native Brazil who spends his spare time hunting for new plants.

One of the early commenters on this site was Ann Chapman who with husband Lloyd established Trinity Farm garden and heritage rose nursery in Otaki. Ann has just published a book about the people that some of our heritage roses are named for – Missionaries, Wives & Roses (Steele Roberts, $39.99) – and is giving an evening talk in the garden on March 14 about her research for this book and her previous one, Women in my Rose Garden. As you will see from her blog (click on her name, above) she has plenty of other books and ideas waiting in the wings.

The vege gardener has excelled himself once again and made his first boiling of tomato sauce. Despite fears that we didn’t have enough tomatoes ripe at once, a rummage round the plants on Saturday came up trumps.

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