Gardening

Sometimes a little change is all it takes

Jillian Arnold said that when she first arrived in Pukekohe four years ago she was given an orchid by a mum and daughter as a welcome gift. While this Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis Orchid) was in bloom when she received her gift, the plant has been sulking ever since and refused to flower. All it took though was a small change […]

Puni riparian planting project

Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities visited a riparian planting site on one of the Balle Brother’s farms on Tramway Road, Puni, on Friday 13 April. Four Puni School pupils, Tommy Gibson, Olya Eremee, Nate Molony and RJ Rapi, represented their school admirably when they met with the Minister. While chatting comfortably with the […]

Awhitu Landcare call for submissions

Awhitu Landcare are encouraging people to have their say on Auckland Council’s proposed Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP). The plan is available for public consultation. They encourage those who live on the Awhitu Peninsula to make a submission for the future of the environment. Council’s Long Term Plan is also available to submit feedback on. Awhitu Landcare said it’s important […]

The Magic of the Mudlarks

Twenty six thousand. Let’s say that again—26,000. That’s the number of man hours the mighty Mudlarks have spent to date, bringing the Waiuku Estuary back to its former glory. The Mudlarks started back in 2010, when local resident Ian Scobie got a bit restless in his retirement and decided to carry out a wee bit of cleaning up on the […]

Out for a duck

Out for a duck was exactly how I was feeling when the crickets swarmed into town. According to National Geographic, you can tell the temperature by counting a cricket’s chirps! Well, judging by the sheer number of crickets I had to wade through in my house (let alone counting the chirps), I would estimate the temperature to have been be […]

Mudlarks target complete clearance

The Mudlarks are a Waiuku group of mostly older people, who have been responsible for clearing mangroves from the Waiuku Estuary and other inlets. They are keen to clear the whole of the Tamakae Estuary down to Sandspit, with mangrove forests still left off Racecourse Road, on the eastern side. Mudlarks have had to keep away from Tamakae Estuary each […]

Hudson’s Beach Norfolk Pine under threat

Wendy Jones, who owns a bach at Hudsons Beach, has great concern for the forty year old Norfolk Pine near her bach. “This recent storm has damaged the beach to the extent now it’s absolutely heart breaking”, said Wendy. “Now the Norfolk Pine that means so much to so many is under threat.” Wendy is a descendant of the Hudsons […]

Preschoolers dig deep to squash competition

Tuakau’s Little Stars Early Childhood Centre recently won Best Garden in the school category of the Yates Spring Vegie Growing Challenge. The children’s passion for gardening has paid off in spades, after they won the $500 cash prize plus a $500 hamper of Yates products. The children grew many vegetables including lettuces, tomatoes and leeks and have enjoyed being able […]


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