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Pōhutukawa shade

Posted by shiny on September 14, 2019 at 04:21" and edited at September 14, 2019 at 06:17

The vege garden in the back yard has fed us for four years but now the pōhutukawa tree in the street to the North has grown huge and now we have no sun. This weekend i set up three raised beds in the front lawn, and carted about eight wheel barrow loads of soil. I've planted some of our... Read more
New feature, fav/like any photo.

Posted by shiny on July 14, 2019 at 21:25"

Send some appreciation to anyone (or yourself) by tapping the heart ♥ beside a photo title.
burst of growstuff features

Posted by shiny on July 12, 2019 at 05:31" and edited at July 12, 2019 at 05:32

I've broken my ankle. Spectacular. I'm on holiday, house sitting, in a town without much public transport. one result of this is, I've tackled some of the bigger growstuff feature requests. One big feature, that would be useful to me, is getting trades working better. I asked for ideas... Read more
Taewa (Pre-european potato)

Posted by shiny on July 11, 2019 at 10:56" and edited at July 12, 2019 at 03:37

Generally, "Taewa" is the term used for potatoes that have been in New Zealand since before 1800, and cultivated by Maori people - but the word can be used for all potatoes. The [kūmara](crop) is a distant cousin of the potato. Both the taewa and the kūmara come from South America. Where and... Read more
kūmara Whataroa potato rīwai kikorangi waiporoporo potato Māori potato
Followed member timelines are live

Posted by shiny on July 11, 2019 at 05:29" and edited at July 11, 2019 at 05:29

I've just released the member time line functionality. You can find it here: []( It's also in the top right buttons, looks like a calendar.
New website features (release 55)

Posted by shiny in Growstuff Feedback & Support on July 09, 2019 at 21:03"

If you notice any bugs or think of new features please let us know on [our github]( or comment here. We've got new crop cards on [browsing crops]( or a... Read more
lettuce yellow tomato Māori potato eggplant radish
Forum spam?   3

Posted by bigblen in Growstuff Feedback & Support on July 09, 2019 at 08:02"

I'm very new here - the second thing I notice is some spam in these forums, promoting pest exterminators. Is there any way to flag these. I know that moderating the forum would be a PITA for little reward...
New look, new features

Posted by shiny on July 07, 2019 at 23:59" and edited at July 08, 2019 at 03:06

If you notice any bugs or think of new features please let us know on [our github]( or comment here. We've got new crop cards on [browsing crops]( or a... Read more
lettuce yellow tomato Māori potato eggplant radish
Upload pictures   2

Posted by ybvb on June 26, 2019 at 15:32" and edited at June 26, 2019 at 15:33

I just noticed that you need a Flickr account to post pictures. Would be awesome if there is an option to use pixelfed for the people using that free open source and federated platform. Just leaving here the idea...
Map not showing properly   1

Posted by ybvb on June 25, 2019 at 16:33" and edited at June 25, 2019 at 16:34

Just wanted to report a bug in the map, as it is not showing up when I open it (tested on android, Linux and Windows using Firefox). Not sure if anyone else noticed the same thing...
Dinner from the garden

Posted by shiny on April 24, 2019 at 10:46" and edited at April 24, 2019 at 10:47

Chicken simmered in broth and white wine,with [lemon](crop), crispy [sage](crop) leaves, polenta chips with parmesan, and a salad of [arugula](crop) , [pear](crop) and candied [walnut](crop)s.
lemon sage arugula pear walnut
Tonight's dinner was..

Posted by shiny on April 21, 2019 at 06:48" and edited at April 21, 2019 at 06:48

Corn beef, with [whataroa potato](crop) mash, [mustard](crop) sauce, and steamed [spinach santana](crop).
Whataroa potato mustard spinach Santana
Pink Fir Apple potato

Posted by shiny on April 08, 2019 at 09:49"

'[Pink Fir Apple potato](crop)' is a maincrop potato variety with pink skin and cream, waxy flesh. It has a long, knobbly shape. Blooming colours are blue-violet, mauve taupe and light pastel purple. Blooms are about 2.5cm in diameter at full maturity. The flowers are in single... Read more
pink fir apple potato
Tales of the Robyn Adair potato

Posted by shiny on April 08, 2019 at 09:43" and edited at April 08, 2019 at 09:44

Tales of the [Robyn Adair potato](crop) "Another potato favourite is Robin Adair, It was popular in New Zealand during the 20s-40s, and was all but lost, really, and I can't remember where I got the seed from but someone gave it to me and they have taken off here. They are big potatoes. Last... Read more
Robyn Adair potato
Heirloom potatoes in "The Home Garden" from 1953

Posted by shiny on March 13, 2019 at 01:57" and edited at March 13, 2019 at 02:00

["The Home Garden"]( from 1953 mentions the following Riwai/[taewa](crop) In the home garden potatoes for early planting should first be set to sprout in a light, frost free airy position. Well-sprouted tubers can be... Read more
Māori potato Robyn Adair potato
Stewart Island potatoes

Posted by shiny on March 09, 2019 at 06:30" and edited at April 21, 2019 at 19:37

[Stewart island potato]( Found by Kay Baxter rowing wild in a clifff face along the shore on Stewart Island around 1990. It is an extremely beautiful variety similar in shape to Whataroa and Chatham Islands however this one has... Read more
New action buttons

Posted by shiny on January 26, 2019 at 01:14"

There are five new buttons on the top of every page in Growstuff this week. They're the five most useful actions for someone tracking their garden. "My Gardens" is where you can see what's going on in your garden, and for perennial crops, you'll see how many days to harvest, and a progress... Read more
Farmbot are cool - and their icons are too

Posted by shiny on January 26, 2019 at 01:05" and edited at January 26, 2019 at 01:07

This week I met with Rory who is the founder of FarmBot. He's offered me their CC-0 licensed icons they created. These are a dataset for their OpenFarm Project (so they're considered data, not code, so isn't in git) The icons are for a crop. e.g. one for corn, one for tomatoes They look... Read more

Posted by shiny on October 03, 2018 at 19:40"

we have a puppy. She's gorgeous but she's also destroying my garden. This year I think i won't be planting out a garden, because i know she'll dig it up.
How to save seeds

Posted by shiny on April 21, 2018 at 22:38" and edited at April 24, 2018 at 23:13

[Bean](crop)s, [pea](crop)s and [corn](crop): remove husks and allow seeds to dry out – this may take a couple of weeks, then remove casings and store. [Pumpkin](crop)s and [melon](crop)s: seeds need to be washed and set aside to dry for a week or so before storage. [Lettuce](crop),... Read more
bean pea corn pumpkin melon lettuce celery parsnip carrot leek onion radicchio cucumber tomato zucchini capsicum
Indigenous plants

Posted by shiny on April 04, 2018 at 01:11" and edited at April 05, 2018 at 05:30

I've been growing several indigenous plants recently. Theres a [miro](crop) tree that will eventually have berries. I've added [karaka](crop) [tawa](crop), and [hīnau](crop) to the growstuff database too, as these were (and are) food sources for the people living here for centuries. Also... Read more
miro tawa hīnau harakeke common flax kawakawa New Zealand spinach
Preparing for winter

Posted by shiny on April 03, 2018 at 09:08"

I'm going to attempt to grow [potato](crop) over winter. To prepare I'm going to do a full garden bed of [mustard](crop) and then dig the greens into the soil. Add compost and blood and bone. I've never attempted potato over winter. It can get very wet here, and in August it drops below 0C for a... Read more
potato mustard parsnip carrot
There's a storm coming..

Posted by shiny on February 16, 2018 at 09:50"

Cyclone Gita is due here on Tuesday. I'm gonna need to bring in the tomato stakes and other items that might turn into projectiles.

Posted by Hepworks on February 07, 2018 at 15:45"

I am trying to compost as much kitchen waste as possible.
Lifespan and harvest predictions

Posted by shiny on November 15, 2017 at 06:31" and edited at November 15, 2017 at 06:36

Something i've been working on is the predictions on If you go to you gardens page there's now a progress bar for each annual planting. That's plantings that are expected to complete there lifespan in 2 years or less . the progress bar is % until the plant is finished and can be... Read more
coriander basil strawberry
Vermicompost for sale or trade!

Posted by Hepworks on September 20, 2017 at 15:20"

My worms have been going gangbusters so I have several kilograms of high quality vermicompost for sale of trade. On ebay it goes for $20/400 grams but I'd be thrilled to get $10/400 grams or to trade for interesting plants.
Planning for summer

Posted by shiny on June 10, 2017 at 10:31"

I intend to remove the raised beds, and just dig the lawn up to be garden. It'll give more area. The current wooden raised beds might end up. On the front lawn.
none   1

Posted by suresh on April 28, 2017 at 09:53"

Good Friday

Posted by shiny on April 14, 2017 at 04:37"

Today is good friday and i have: * Set up xiaomi plant sensors with homeassistant * shoveled the compost from the old bin over the gardens, and set up a new bin in new location * harvest the first feijoa. They were so heavy they broke a branch on the tree.
todo list

Posted by shiny on April 07, 2017 at 09:59" and edited at April 07, 2017 at 10:00

* Plant more [carrot](crop) * Plant the [olive](crop) tree out front * Get new compost bin going * Clear out the [tomato](crop) plants * Get a garden camera working * Get irrigator hooked up to home assistant * Install the xiaomi miflora in the herbs * Growstuff api!
carrot olive tomato
how to eat kamo kamo

Posted by shiny on March 02, 2017 at 09:37" and edited at March 02, 2017 at 09:44

Chop up the [kamo kamo](crop). Remove seeds. (Save these to grow for next year) Leave skin on. Roast with sprigs of [rosemary](crop) at 180C for about 40 minutes (until soft) It's okay to do this the day before Remove skins (easier if the kamo kamo is cool). place in pot with... Read more
kamo kamo rosemary garlic pūhā
Summer broccoli doesn't work

Posted by shiny on February 28, 2017 at 22:05" and edited at February 28, 2017 at 22:05

I planted some [broccoli](crop) at the start of spring.. I grew fast, made long stems and quickly turned into yellow flowers. I conclude the first spring summer months aren't good for brocoli. So I've got some new seedlings in now, in the heat of summer, hoping that by the time i put them in... Read more
Some of features id like

Posted by shiny on January 28, 2017 at 00:32" and edited at January 28, 2017 at 00:33

I like to automate the calculations, analysis, and plain old remembering what has happened in the garden. Some of the challenges in my garden is knowing when it's too late to planting something, if it will cope with the weather conditions here, and working out what is killing the... Read more
tomato broccoli potato carrot
Pūhā for dinner

Posted by shiny on November 26, 2016 at 02:25" and edited at November 26, 2016 at 02:27

[Pūhā](crop) grows wild everywhere in New Zealand. It's a bit like spinach, but is bitter when raw. It's traditional in a bunch of dishes, but I like to use as a substitute for steamed spinach with eggs benedict.
Shakey SHakey Town   1

Posted by shiny on November 14, 2016 at 01:16" and edited at November 14, 2016 at 01:16

We've been rock and rolling with 7.7 Earthquake at midnight and i lost count of how many 6-pointer aftershocks - and a tsunami evacuation. Super tired, this morning we went home for about 90 minutes sleep - and then went looking for something normal (instead of our wavy shaken up house).... Read more
tomato artichoke perpetual spinach chives
How to grow kūmara

Posted by shiny on November 13, 2016 at 05:04" and edited at November 13, 2016 at 05:05

[Kūmara](crop) has been part of the staple diet of people in te Motu Kairangi for hundreds of years - so i figure it should grow here. I come from a long long line of potato growers, so maybe the genetic skills are transferrable. I planted 4 kūmara into pots, with sand above and below, and... Read more

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