Leila Rich wrote:Hi Leslie, clay's awesome if you use it right, and the Aukland climate grows some great veg.
I think Hellensville has/had loads of orchards and market gardens,so that means fertile. I'm not much good with anything north of Wellington though...
Leila Rich wrote:
If you're renting, I wouldn't suggest spending a lot of time and money on things unless you're confident you'll be there for ages. There's lots of things to do that are short-term and can be picked up and taken away. Eg: windbreak cloth. Totally un permie, but it's instant and can be reused loads. I recommend horticultural-quality woven black 800mm (green looks really stupid).
Leila Rich wrote:
In Aukland, I'd plant garlic around May-June. I've had really bad experiences with onions and think they're a total pain, but I'm a bit rough-and-ready with them.
Do you want to plant more things now, or after you've sorted a bit of design stuff? Soon it'll be time to get the cool-season veg in, and there's always lettuces.
I think one of the most valuable things is to get to know what does well locally. Not much in the way of frosts, so parsnips might be average, etc. Talk to local gardeners if you can.
Things that might be interesting to look up online and there may be Aukland contacts: Koanga gardens/institute for permie seeds and info, based up north so ideal for northern gardeners. Oooby. Transition Towns. gardengrow is a pretty easy and reliable website for planting times.
Leila Rich wrote:Leslie, how big's your back yard?
I'd weigh the up and downsides of chooks up very carefully before getting them: they will wipe out vegetation wherever they are and there's a lot of poo...
Your bylaws look very similar to ours. I think it's nearly impossible to comply to the letter, I'd just go ahead. Neighbours are the only real potential issue as far as 'dobbing you in', so maintain a good relationship. Give them eggs and don't even think about roosters!
Leila Rich wrote:
As for composting, I'm pretty sure there's no regulations, except you can't create a rodent hotel on the back lawn. It comes back to the neighbours and not freaking them out too much. Bribe them with produce
Which way does your yard face? That yellow flower is buttercup. It's a bit of a pain and I'd try to keep it out of garden beds, but I wouldn't fight it generally as it will win! It thrives in waterlogged, acidic conditions, which backs up your thoughts...btw, it's toxic to stock/poultry. Free-range chooks ignore it, but. I'd be careful about a tractor though, since they're more likely to eat everything.
I stopped trying to kill the oxalis ages ago and it was a relief to stop caring! Hawkbit's great for insects, you can eat onionweed...
Jed Meadows wrote:Hi Leslie,
I'm currently renting in Helensville too, and have been a local in the area before that for about 20 odd years.
Which bit of HLV are you in? Rautawhiri looking down to the road, Garfield looking down townwards, or somewhere else?
Buttercup is a complete arse to get rid of, particularly in heavy clay.
I would suggest raised beds *with beams underneath to raise them clear of the soil* this way they are theoretically transportable, at least in summer when the soil is relatively dry. 1.2mx.6m is a good size (you can buy 1.2m fence palings at Mitre 10) and make them 2 boards high.
There is a guy out past Parakai on the LHS of the long flat just past were Nestlebrae exotics used to be who sells 2nd hand 44Gal plastic drums - i cut those in half and drill holes for drainage, and some at the top to tie on rope handles, and use them as oversize plant pots to grow fruit trees (plus some herb/flower understory) in until i can buy my own place.
If you have good boggy acidic soil, consider digging in some pine needles and coarse sand, and then planting blueberries.